Boating, Fishing, and Travel Information for Smith Point Bridge, NY
The Smith Point Bridge is a steel drawbridge located on the south shore of central Long Island, New York. The bridge crosses the narrows between the Great South Bay to its west and Moriches Bay to the east side of the bridge. The Smith Point Bridge, which is the southern terminus of the four-lane William Floyd Parkway (Suffolk CR 46), opened on July 4, 1959 in Shirley, New York. This bridge serves the Smith Point County Park on the east end of Fire Island, New York. It is the largest park owned by Suffolk County. The park derives its name from Smith Point which is a peninsula on the Long Island mainland sticking into Bellport Bay which in turn was named for William “Tangier” Smith who in the 17th century owned 50 miles of ocean front property in the Manor of St. George. The Smith Point peninsula is not actually owned by the park.
Access to the beach and the rest of the park is provided by the William Floyd Parkway which crosses Narrow Bay on the two-lane Smith Point Bridge. Large parking fields with tunnels to the Atlantic Seashore are in the area immediately at the end of the Parkway.
A guarded road (with access with permit) extends the end of the barrier island. The park used to extend from the east end of the Fire Island Wilderness portion of the National Seashore to the end of the island at Moriches Inlet, but its west end has been cut short by the breach created during hurricane Sandy.
Other Helpful Resources:
- Current Suffolk County Outer Beach Access Conditions and Information – includes Smith Point
- Smith Point County Park Information – Camping, surfing, fishing, etc.
- Boat Launch Sites for Suffolk County
- Long Island Boat Ramp Guide
- Marinas near Smith Point Bridge, NY