Fort Pond Bay Park/Beach "Rod’s Valley" Park Preserve

Fort Pond Bay Park Vista

Description of Park/Beach

Located at the end of Navy Road/Street in Montauk. This site features a 22-acre park with breathtaking views overlooking Fort Pond Bay. The park contains a dirt parking lot, picnic tables, a small launching ramp suitable for kayaks or canoes, a long fishing pier known as the “Edward V. Ecker Sr. Pier,” easy access to Hither Woods Preserve for those who love to hike, and ADA accessible porta potties. 

Park/Beach Hours

  • Park open year-round – sunrise to sunset (unless otherwise permitted)   
  • ADA accessible porta potties – year round

Fort Pond Bay Park Field

“Rod’s Valley” 

Two centuries after East Hampton Town’s founding in 1648, roughly half of present-day Hither Woods was still forested. The remainder of what we call Hither Woods had been cleared by wood-cutting and for pastureland. Enough woods still remained in the 1870s for the Montauk Proprietors, who then owned all of Montauk, to contract for the cutting and sale of wood in Hither Woods. A man named Henry E. Remington got this timbering concession in about 1871. He employed an African-American man named Rod as his principal axe man. Little is known of Rod – including his last name – but he was married and his wife’s name was Riah. Based on her first name, she may have been of Native American descent. Rod and Riah lived in a house on the west shore of Fort Pond Bay, at the foot of this valley. Because of the valley’s steep sides, it almost certainly had never been cleared for pasturage. Because Rod lived here at around the time all of Montauk was sold at auction to Arthur Benson in 1879, the valley was named for him. It thus became “Rod’s Valley.”

Paumanok Campsite

Located at Rod's Valley Park Preserve and may be accessed from the eastern side of Hither Woods, not far off the trail. The site is only 14 miles from the Paumanok Path trail’s end at Montauk Lighthouse. Up to 6 people may stay at one time, for a maximum stay of 1 night. Camping Permits are available to anyone over 18. For further information about the campsite, please visit the Paumanok Campsite webpage.

Fort Pond Bay Park Pier

“Edward V. Ecker Sr. Pier”

In the summer of 2003, the newly acquired Town pier was named in honor of Edward V. Ecker Sr. A native of Montauk, Ed served the Town of East Hampton and the people of East Hampton for over 50 years in his capacity of Town Councilman, Town Supervisor, Deputy Commissioner of the Suffolk County Parks Department, and Deputy of the Suffolk County Board of Elections. At the early age of 25, Ed was one of the youngest elected officials ever in Suffolk County when the people of the Town elected him Councilman on November 8, 1955. Ed was a two-time Town Supervisor, first elected in November 5, 1963. He served the community in many other ways including being the voice of the East Hampton Bonacker Football Team for many years and a member of the Montauk Fire Department.

Address: Navy Road/Street, Montauk NY 11954 Google Maps 

Park Rules

  • Park open sunrise to sunset (unless otherwise permitted)
  • Swimming prohibited (no lifeguard on duty)
  • Parking requires a town parking permit
  • No unauthorized commercial activity
  • Town of East Hampton Beach drive-on pass required for vehicular beach access
  • No motorized vehicles on trails
  • Dogs should be controlled at all times and pick up after your dog 
  • Park/Beach usage is “At Your Own Risk”

For further information, history, and additional restrictions and permitted uses, please see the Rod’s Valley Park Preserve Management Plan and PDF Map