Facility Activities


Fishing is allowed from the shoreline. A free New York state salt water fishing license is required. Common fish species include striped bass (striper), weakfish, summer flounder (fluke), bluefish and blackfish (tautog).

Wildlife Viewing

The coastal location of this refuge makes it a prime stopover for migrating raptors, shorebirds and songbirds. The federally protected roseate tern and piping plover use Amagansett for resting, feeding, and nesting.


Although piping plovers tend to be very skittish and elusive, the patient photographer can be rewarded with lasting images!

Sport fishing is permitted. Refuge waters include Atlantic Ocean access. The refuge is closed to sport fishing seasonally, from April 1 to August 31 each year, to protect beach-nesting birds. Available species include striped bass, weakfish, bluefish and flounder. Parking is available on town...

Looking for seashells is a popular pastime at many coastal Fish and Wildlife Service sites. But some ban collecting of anything, including empty seashells. Some states, like Florida, prohibit removing any live creatures.
From bald eagles to spoonbills, from condors to puffins, birds abound on national wildlife refuges. Refuges provide places for birds to nest, rest, feed and breed making them world-renown for their birding opportunities.
Painting and sketching in nature is possible at nearly all sites open to the public. Sometimes, sites host public displays of artworks created on the refuge.
Many refuges champion wildlife viewing as a key recreational activity.