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SKSA Listing of Put-ins for Eastern Long Island

Listed below are some common Long Island put-ins. SKSA provides this list as a reference only and makes no guarantee of safety, suitability or accessability of any of these locations. Recommendations regarding appropriate skill levels are guidelines only and it is the sole responsibility of the paddler to determine if any location is safe for their use. You are the captain of your ship and SKSA and it's referrers assume no liability whatsoever for use of this information.

Many sites lead to areas that are not suitable for novice paddlers. Paddlers should know their skill level and limitations - even experienced paddlers never paddle alone. Most sites present different conditions of safety and paddlability depending on tides and wind. At all times the weather on Long Island is quite changeable and can offer threatening conditions with little warning. Monitoring weather and tide during a paddle is essential for a safe return. Always know where you can land in an emergency.

Access is based on the best data available when this page was last updated. It is the responsibility of the paddler to read and obey posted regulations which define changing access requirements at the individual sites. Where possible contact numbers are given for current information. This list is intended as a service to the paddling community. Please help us keep the data current and grow the list. Use our handy Put-In Form to update information or to submit additional sites.

Please be environmentally conscious and courteous and help keep put-ins open to the paddling community. More put-ins elsewhere in the state can be found at the NYS-DEC webpage: New York State Boat Launch Sites



Put-in Location Finder
click on links below for descriptions

South Shore
  Oak Beach
  Jones Beach - West End
  Jones Beach - Field 10
  Captree Park
  Copaigue
  Heckscher Park
  Timber Point Park
  Pine Neck Dock
  Upper Carmans R.
  Carmans R. Mouth
  Shirley Beach
  Osprey Park
  Moriches Waterway
  Penniman Creek
  Quogue
  Ponquogue Bridge
 

North Shore
  Oyster Bay/Beekmans Bch.
  Coldspring Harbor
  Goldstar Beach
  Centerport Beach
  Nissequogue Head
  Nissequogue Mouth
  Setauket Harbor
  Stoneybrook Harbor
  Slatterly Landing
  Orient Point

Lakes & Ponds
  Forge Pond
  Fort Pond
  Lake Ronkonkoma
  Laurel Lake
  Yaphank Lake
  Wildwood Lake
 

Peconic Bay
  Greenport
  Jamesport
  Peconic R/Conn. Ave.
  Peconic R/Edwards Ave.
  Peconic R/Forge Pond
  Peconic R/Forge Road
  Peconic R/Canoe Launch
  Peconic R/W Main St.
  Peconic R./Riverhead
  Red Creek Pond
  Sebonac Inlet
  Cedar Point
  Accabonac Harbor

Shelter Island
  Congdon Road
  Daniel Lord Road
  Simpson Road
  Tarkettle Road
  West Neck Road
 


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Accabonac Harbor Unknown Short Few cars Beach launch
COORDINATES: 41o - 1' - 35" N-Lat. 72o - 8' - 15" W-Long. MAP Source: Web Dir.

Access to Accabonac Harbor, and through it: Gardiner's Bay and Napeague Bay. Accabonac Harbor is suitable for beginners, but timing is important to avoid extensive mud flats at low tide. This site offers access for circumnavigation of Gardiner's Island to the experienced and adventurous paddler. Take Montauk Highway (Rt-80) east to East Hampton (Main Street). Bear right onto Springs-Fireplace Road. Continue through Springs when it becomes Springs Road and in a little over 2 miles take a right onto Gerard Drive. Several roadside parking areas near the end of Gerard Drive offer access to Gardiner's Bay and Accabonac Harbor. Responsibility for these sites is uncertain at this time, but no obvious restrictions are posted.

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Beekman's Beach Town 20 yds 30+ cars Beach Launch
COORDINATES: 40o - 52' - 36" N-Lat. 73o - 32' - 13" W-Long. MAP Source: Site Visit

Access to Oyster Bay. May be suitable for beginners or intermediate paddlers depending on prevailing conditions. Take route 106 North to Oyster Bay. Cross 25A and at the Hess station, go left on Lexington. Take this to the end, go left on Main St., then Right on Larabee. Continue across the railroad tracks and bear left towards the Waterfront Center and Beekman's Beech - a passive park maintained by the town of Oyster Bay. There is a large parking lot at the end of the road.

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Captree State Park NYS Park Unspec. 67 cars Paved ramp, pump-out & wash-down
COORDINATES: 40o - 38' - 31" N-Lat. 73o - 15' - 24" W-Long. MAP Source: Site Visit

Access to Fire Island Inlet. This area typically offers strong currents and has busy boat traffic and is recommended only for experienced paddlers. Located just east of intersection of Ocean Parkway and Robert Moses Causeway. Follow directions to boat launch. Kayaks may be instructed to launch off the beach nearby. Free to NYS residents Columbus Day to March 31, sunrise to sunset (summer parking fee). Call 631-699-0449 for information.

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Upper Carman's
River
NYS-DEC 300 yd 10 cars No gas motors, wildlife refuge
COORDINATES: 40o - 48' - 4" N-Lat. 72o - 53' - 1" W-Long. MAP Source: Site Visit

This is one of the last remaining undeveloped estuaries and the largest contiguous wetland on Long Island. It is a great paddle for beginners, though water levels are strongly affected by tide. Located in the hamlet of Shirley, off Montauk Highway approximately one mile west of William Floyd Parkway. Access via cooperative agreement with Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge. For more information call Wertheim at 631-286-0485.

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Carman's
River Mouth
Village Short ? cars ? Launch
COORDINATES: 40o - 46' - 27" N-Lat. 72o - 53' - 47" W-Long. MAP Source: Site Visit

Access to the Carmen's River and Great South Bay. Upstream the Carmen's River is excellent for beginners but downstream opens quickly into the bay with conditions for experienced paddlers. Take Montauk Highway (Rt 80) east from Shirley and bear left (south) onto South Country Road. After one mile go left onto Beaverdam Road. Squassux Landing is at the end of the road. This landing is owned and maintained by the Brookhaven Village Association for residents of the Hamlet.

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Cedar Point County ? Unk. Ample? Beach Launch
COORDINATES: 41o - 2' - 10" N-Lat. 72o - 23' - 20" W-Long. MAP Source: Site Visit

Access to Little Peconic Bay and Shelter Island from Cedar Beach Park on Great Hog Neck. This site is more suitable to intermediate to advanced paddlers depending on conditions. Significant tide rips can form in the race between Cedar Point and Jessup's Neck if crossing to the south fork.

On Route 25 approximately one mile northeast of Peconic lane take a right onto South Harbor Road. Continue about 0.5 mi to a left onto Bay Water Avenue and then a right onto Main Bayview Road. Stay on this to the T-intersection with Cedar Beach Road. Go left and take this to its end in Cedar Beach County Park. Put-in is a sandy beach in the park. Suffolk County Permits and Fees may apply, call (631) 854-4949 for more information

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Centerport Beach Town 10 yds 180 Sand Beach
COORDINATES: 40o - 54' - 17" N-Lat. 73o - 22' - 44" W-Long. MAP Source: Site Visit

Access to Centerport Harbor and Northport Bay, connecting thereby to Huntington Bay and Long Island Sound. Caution, this launch leads to an open bay with heavy pleasure traffic in the summer. Novices may prefer to paddle south into the protected area of Centerport harbor. Located in Centerport Park at 220 Little Neck Road Centerport, NY 11721, at the junction of route 25A and Centerport Road take Little Neck Road north to it's terminus at Centerport Beach Park. The beach is open to Town of Huntington residents with permits. Visitors may pay a daily usage fee May-27 to Sep-4. Call 631-351-3089 for information.

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Cold Spring Harbor Town Short 20 Paved ramp
COORDINATES: 40o - 52' - 5" N-Lat. 73o - 27' - 44" W-Long. MAP Source: Site Visit

Access to Cold Spring Harbor and Long Island Sound. Caution: this launch leads directly to a boat channel with busy traffic. Located on route 25A just east of the Village of Cold Spring Harbor. Access Memorial Day through Labor Day, Town of Huntington permits and fees apply. Call 516-351-3089 for information.

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Connetquot River
Timber Point Pk.
County Short 15 cars Beach launch, no gas motors
COORDINATES: 40o - 43' - 24" N-Lat. 73o - 8' - 50" W-Long. MAP Source: Site Visit

Access to Connetquot River and Great South Bay. Upstream (east) can be good for beginners who heed wind and weather conditions. Take Exit 47E off Southern State Parkway. Follow Montauk Highway (27A)to first light and make a right (South) onto River Road. Follow this until it bends right at Timber Point Country Club. Just before the club entrance turn left into Timber Point Park. Site is managed by Suffolk County Parks Dept. Call (631) 854-4949 for more information. Park gate closed & locked at dusk.

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Copiague County ? yds ? cars ? launch
COORDINATES: 40o - 39' - 34" N-Lat. 73o - 23' - 29" W-Long. MAP Source: Site Visit

Access to Great South Bay which responds strongly to wind conditions. Local conditions not verified. Located in South Copiague off Montauk Highway (27A). Take Babylon Avenue South to Kerrigan Road at Tanner Marine Park. Operated by Suffolk County, open 8am to 8pm, summer fees apply. Labor Day to Memorial Day availability at your own risk. Call 631-893-2100 for information.

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Forge Pond NYS-DEC Short 10 cars Hand launch
COORDINATES: 40o - 54' - 46" N-Lat. 72o - 42' - 47" W-Long. MAP Source: Site Visit

Accessing Forge Pond and the upper Peconic River, this site is good for beginners. Forge Pond is over a mile long to the dam in the eastern end where the Forge processed bog iron to make bar and anchors for the Navy in the 1700's. Parts of the river above and below the pond are also accessible. Put-in is located on the Peconic River in the Hamlet of Calverton on South River Road 1/2 mile east of Edwards Avenue.

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Fort Pond NYS-DEC Short 20 cars Beach launch, no gas motors
COORDINATES: 40o - 2' - 12" N-Lat. 71o - 56' - 45" W-Long. MAP Source: Web Dir.

Interesting paddling for beginners. Located in the center of the Village of Montauk, this 192 acre freshwater lake takes it's name from a fort constructed by the Montauk Indians on a the hill presently occupied by the Montauk Manor Hotel. Go east on Montauk Highway (Main St.) then take a left at the village green proceeding north on Edgemere Street. Make a left in front of the athletic field and look for the brown DEC sign.

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Gold Star Beach Town 30 yds 60 cars beach launch
COORDINATES: 40o - 53' - 51" N-Lat. 73o - 26' - 3" W-Long. MAP Source: Web Dir.

Gold Star Battalion Beach gives access to Huntington Harbor and Huntington bay, thereby accessing Lloyd Harbor, Centerport Harbor, Northport Harbor and Long Island Sound. The put-in leads directly to Coney's Marina and the main channel of Huntington Harbor with heavy boat traffic. Huntington Bay requires vigilence for high-speed pleasure and commercial traffic. Beginners may enjoy exploring the quiet areas of Lloyd Harbor and the Caumsett Park shoreline. In Huntington follow Rt. 110 north. At the third traffic light past Main St., (Rt. 25a), turn left onto Mill Dam Road and drive to the end. At the stop sign turn right onto West Shore Rd. The park is at the end of West Shore Road where it turns away from the water and becomes Browns Road. The beach is open to Town of Huntington residents with permits. Visitors may pay a day-use fee May-27 to Sep-4. Call 631-351-3089 for information.

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Greenport Town ? yds ? cars ? launch
COORDINATES: 41o - 6' - 37" N-Lat. 72o - 21' - 4" W-Long. MAP Source: Web Dir.

Located off Route 25 in Greenport on Manhasset Avenue at the corner of Inlet Lane at the Norman Klipp Marine Park (516-581-1801). This is a State Ramp but run by the town of Southold. Visitors must comply with all Southold regulations and fees (516-765-1801). Access to Gardinerís Bay and Shelter Island.

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Hecksher State Park NYS Park Unspec. 100 cars Hard surface launch,
pump-out & wash-down
COORDINATES: 40o - 42' - 23" N-Lat. 73o - 10' - 25" W-Long. MAP Source: Site Visit

Boat ramp for vehicles with trailers, Hecksher State Park is located on Hecksher Parkway off Southern State Parkway. Follow directions to boat launch. Free to NYS residents Columbus Day through April 30 from sunrise to sunset (summer parking fees). Call 516-581-2100 for information.

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Jamesport Town 20 yds No cars paved launch
COORDINATES: 40o - 56' - 37" N-Lat. 72o - 34' - 18" W-Long. MAP Source: Site Visit

Access to Peconic Bay, Robin's Island. Intermediate to advanced paddlers depending on weather conditions. The NYS-DEC has given this site to the Town of Riverhead. You may launch at the ramp and park elsewhere (summertime), or you may park at the ramp if you purchase a non-resident permit from Riverhead department of recreation for $10/season. Located in South Jamesport on Peconic Bay Boulevard. Call 631-727-5744 for information.

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Jones Beach State Park
West End Boat Basin
NYS Park 500 yds 50 Cars beach launch
COORDINATES: 40o - 35' - 22" N-Lat. 73o - 33' - 15" W-Long. MAP Source: GPS

This site was approved for kayak access in the summer of 2005. Access to South Oyster Bay to the north and east and Jones Inlet to the Atlantic Ocean to the west and south. The small beach at the east end of the parking lot leads directly out to the State Boat Channel with heavy power boat traffic, making this site for intermediate to advanced paddlers only. Take Meadowbrook Parkway south or Ocean Parkway west to Bay Parkway. Go west approximately 1 mile from the ramp then make a right into the US Coast Guard Station and West End Boat Basin. There is no fee and there is no restriction on hours of access but in the summer the parking lot fills up early with swimmers and picnicers. Call 516-785-1600 for information.

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Jones Beach State Park
Field #10 Launch Site
NYS Park 70 yds 500 Cars beach launch
COORDINATES: 40o - 36' - 7" N-Lat. 73o - 30' - 48" W-Long. MAP Source: GPS

This site was approved for kayak access in the summer of 2005. Access to South Oyster Bay. There is tiny beach at the east end of the parking lot that is accessed through a wooden gate to the left of the docks. This put-in leads directly out to the State Boat Channel with heavy power boat traffic, making this site for intermediate to advanced paddlers only. At the south end of Wantagh Parkway take the ramp to Bay Parkway west. The entrance to to Field #10 should appear shortly on your right. There is a Jones Beach parking fee in the summer months and this area is only open dawn to dusk. Call 516-785-1600 for information.

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Lake Ronkonkoma NYS-DEC Short 15 cars Paved launch, no gas motors
COORDINATES: 40o - 49' - 36" N-Lat. 73o - 7' - 45" W-Long. MAP Source: Site Visit

At 243 acres this is the largest freshwater lake on Long Island. Its 2.25 mile circumference offers excellent paddling for the beginner, but beware of shoreline fishermen. Local legend attributes local deaths to a princess of the early Sacatogue indians who died with her lover in the "bottomless" lake. Average depth is about 15-ft, maximum is 65-ft. Located on Victory Drive of Rosevale Avenue in the Town of Islip.

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Laurel Lake NYS-DEC 200 yd 5 cars Hand launch, no gas motors
COORDINATES: 40o - 58' - 35" N-Lat. 72o - 33' - 18" W-Long. MAP Source: Site Visit

A small (~30 acre) freshwater fishing area excellent for beginners. Maximum depth is 47 feet. Located just east of Laurel Village off State Highway 25. Turn north at the brown DEC sign just west of the information booth. Go to the end of the road, best put-in is on the path to the left at the trailhead.

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Lower Yaphank Lake NYS-DEC Short 6 cars Beach launch
COORDINATES: 40o - 50' - 5" N-Lat. 72o - 55' - 1" W-Long. MAP Source: Site Visit

A 25 acre lake averaging 7-ft depth. Lower Yaphank Lake feeds into the upper (freshwater) section of the Carmen's River which is beautiful paddle for all skill levels but a fee is required by Southhaven County Park. Open only on selected days: 631-845-1419. Once out of the lake the river becomes narrow, winding and shallow. Located off LIE (Rt 495) at exit 67 in the Hamlet of Yaphank on route 21 north.

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Nissequogue River: Rivermouth State Park Short Ample Stairs/river
COORDINATES: 40o - 53' - 58" N-Lat. 73o - 13' - 50" W-Long. MAP Source: Site Visit

Access to Nissequogue River and Long Island Sound. This area is good for beginners who take careful note of the 7-foot tides which account for most of the flow in the river. Take 25A east from Kings Park where it becomes St. Johnland Road. Follow it northerly a little over 2 miles after which the Nissequogue River State Park entrance is about 1/2 mile on the right opposite Kings Park Boulevard. Turn right into the park and proceed to the end of the Park Road. Unload your gear at the launch site then move your car to the parking area.

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Nissequogue River: Headwaters County Short 50+ Steps/river
COORDINATES: 40o - 51' - 29" N-Lat. 73o - 12' - 39" W-Long. MAP Source: Site Visit

Access to Nissequogue River. This area is good for beginners. Take-out or put-in for one-way trips on the river. Take careful note of the 7-foot tides which account for most of the flow in the river. Take 25A east from Kings Park to the intersection with Route 25 just west of Smithtown. Put-in is in Paul T. Given County Park just east and diagonal to the Smithtown "Bull" on the south side of Route-25 (Jericho Turnpike).

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Moriches Waterway
Hart's Cove
NYS-DEC? Short 20 cars Beach launch, no gas motors
COORDINATES: 40o - 47' - 25" N-Lat. 72o - 44' - 43" W-Long. MAP Source: Site Visit

Access to Hart's Cove and Moriches Bay. With only 1-ft of tide Hart's Cove to the north is OK for beginners except in a strong east or southeast wind. Watch out for pleasure boaters. To the south, Moriches Bay and the inlet are better recommended to experienced paddlers. Ramp is located approximately 0.3 mile east of the town of East Moriches on Montauk Highway (Rt. 80). Take a left and go south on Atlantic Avenue. After about 1-mile take a left on Moriches Island Road. The launch site is at the end of the road adjacent to the Moriches Coast Guard Station. As of June-05 this site no longer appears on the NYS-DEC list - needs verification.

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Oak Beach
Fire Island Inlet
Town 20 yds 100 cars Beach launch
COORDINATES: 40o - 38' - 23" N-Lat. 73o - 17' - 10" W-Long. MAP Source: Site Visit

Access to Fire Island Inlet and Captree Island near Robert Moses Causway. Tidal variation is less than 1-ft here, but current in the waterway just off the beach can be several knots, and significantly greater near the mouth of the inlet. Because of strong and unpredictable current, this area is recommended only for trained, experienced paddlers of intermediate to advanced level. There is a high level of boat traffic, especially in the summer months. The put-in is located on the south side of Ocean Parkway approximately 1.2 miles east of Robert Moses Causeway. The entrance can only be accessed from the east-bound lane of this divided highway. There is a turn-around just west of the entrance to Oak Beach. This site is maintained by the Town of Bablylon principally for fishing, kayaking and surfboarding. Swimming is not permitted. Parking area is gated at dusk. For more information call Babylon Dept. Parks & Recreation at 631-893-2100.

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Orient Point NYS-DEC? ? yds ? cars Limited Use, boats under 16'
COORDINATES: 41o - 8' - 37" N-Lat. 72o - 18' - 55" W-Long. MAP Source: Web Dir.

Access to Long Island Sound. Recommended only for advanced paddlers. Located in Orient Point at Stephenson's Beach. This was a state ramp, but entrance is currently on Southold property and Southold regulations (and fees) apply. This was expected to change as soon as a new entrance was constructed. As of June-05 this site no longer appears on the NYS-DEC list - needs verification.

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Osprey Park Town 10 yds 35 cars Beach launch
COORDINATES: 40o - 46' - 23" N-Lat. 72o - 48' - 54" W-Long. MAP Source: Site Visit

Access to Moriches Cove and Forge River. Location for beginners and advanced paddlers depending on destination and conditions. The river is usually fine for beginners with light boat traffic. Take Route 27 (Sunrise Highway) to Shirley and find Montauk Highway (80) East to Mastic. Go right (South) on Mastic Road then left on Wavecrest Drive. Go 1.1 miles on Wavecrest to a stop sign and bear right onto Grassmere. Take Grassmere to its end and turn left onto Shore Road. Follow this 0.8 miles to Ocean View Drive and make a right into Osprey Park. Town of Brookhaven permit and fees required.

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Peconic River
Connecticut Ave.
NYS-DEC 20 yds 8 cars Dock at Stream
COORDINATES: 40o - 54' - 02" N-Lat. 72o - 46' - 26" W-Long. MAP Source: Site Visit

The upper river is slow-moving, meandering and narrow and suitable for paddlers of all capabilities. It is classified as a wild and scenic river by the NYS DEC. There is no motor traffic but there may be significant paddle traffic in season. This put-in is the upppermost point of legal access to the upper Peconic leading to a series of portages as one travels downriver. At times of low water this portion may be quiet shallow and you may scrape bottom or need to walk your boat. The put-in is located in the Hamlet of Calverton, where Connecticut Avenue crosses the river just south of River Road. Access and roadside parking is maintained by the DEC. For more information call Region 1 Office at 631-444-0203.

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Peconic River
Edwards Ave.
NYS-DEC 10 yds. 20 Cars Steps to bulkhead
COORDINATES: 40o - 54' - 17" N-Lat. 72o - 44' - 38" W-Long. MAP Source: Site Visit

The upper river is a beautiful for paddlers of all capabilities. A lazy freshwater river with no significant current and no motor traffic. A new put-in built by the DEC for fishing access is located in the Hamlet of Calverton just west of Edwards Avenue on Mill Road (South River Road). Just downstream is at a portage across Edwards Avenue. Paddlers may also launch from the steps at the grassy beach along Edwards Avenue to paddle upstream. There are also steps and a boat slide down to the stream below the weir where a tiny landing provides access upstream of the Edwards Avenue Bridge. A more difficult but perhaps safer put-in may be found on the downstream margin of Edwards Avenue. A well maintained path connects the portage with the parking lot at the new DEC ramp. For more information call the Region 1 Office at 631-444-0203

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Peconic River
Forge Pond
NYS-DEC 20 yds. 10 cars Steps to bulkhead, permit req.
COORDINATES: 40o - 54' - 22" N-Lat. 72o - 44' - 0" W-Long. MAP Source: Site Visit

The upper river is a beautiful for paddlers of all capabilities. A lazy freshwater river with no significant current and no motor traffic. This ramp is located in the Hamlet of Calverton, 1/2 mile west of Edwards Avenue on South River Road. Step and a boat slide lead down the 20-ft high bank to a bulkhead along the Forge Pond section of the river, now known as Peconic Lake. When last checked, a special access permit is required from DEC Region 1 Office to use this put-in. For more information call the Region 1 Office at 631-444-0203.

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Peconic River
Forge Road
NYS-DEC 10 yds. 3 cars Steps to bulkhead
COORDINATES: 40o - 54' - 46" N-Lat. 72o - 42' - 47" W-Long. MAP Source: Site Visit

The Peconic Lake portion of the river is a beautiful for paddlers of all capabilities. A lazy freshwater river with no significant current and no motor traffic. This put-in is located at a portage point where Forge Road intersects the river. Turn onto Forge Road from Route 25 (West Main St.) just west of the rear entrance to Tanger Mall. Bear west then turn south to cross the river and park along the road. Paddlers may access the Peconic Lake portion of the river to the west at a set of steps. To the east, another set of steep steps with a boat slide gives access to the downstream river. Below the road a chute carries the river and caution should be excercized at the mouth where violent flow may pull boats in and roll them. For more information call the Region 1 Office at 631-444-0203.

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Peconic River
Canoe Launch
County 150 yds 20 cars Steps to bulkhead
COORDINATES: 40o - 54' - 53" N-Lat. 72o - 42' - 04" W-Long. MAP Source: Site Visit

This provides access to the Peconic River downstream of Forge Pond, a section popular for fishing and canoe trips. The put-in is maintained by the Suffolk County Parks and is located along West Main Street (Rt. 25) just east of the back entrance to Tanger Mall. The long, level carry leads to a set of wide steps providing access to the river. Paddlers my proceed either upstream or downstream from this point. Suffolk County Permits and Fees may apply. Call 631-854-4949 for further information.

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Peconic River
West Main St.
NYS-DEC Short 5 cars Beach launch
COORDINATES: 40o - 55' - 3" N-Lat. 72o - 40' - 0" W-Long. MAP Source: Site Visit

This portion of the river is popular for fishing and canoe trips that portage here. The put-in is maintained by the DEC and is located just east of Snow Flake Ice Cream Shoppe where a small unmarked lane intersects the south side of West Main St. The river crosses under the lane through a tight culvert. Paddlers may launch from the roadside to proceed upstream or from the parking area to access the downstream section of the river. For more information call the Region 1 Office at 631-444-0203

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Peconic River
Riverhead
Town 30 yds 30 cars Beach launch
COORDINATES: 40o - 54' - 59" N-Lat. 72o - 39' - 37" W-Long. MAP Source: Site Visit

Access to the tidal section of the Peconic river east of Riverhead, a classic spot for intermediate to advanced paddlers. Paddlers should pay attention to heavy power boat traffic expecially on weekends. This put-in leads to Flanders Bay with high-speed boat traffic and where greater fetch may result in wind and wave conditions more appropriate to advanced paddlers. At the rotary in Riverhead take Peconic north and look for the Municipal Parking Lot in the Riverfront on the north bank of the river. Park at the east end of the lot just before Atlantis Aquarium and put in from the small sandy area at the bulkhead. In off-season with closing of riverfront concessions you may also be able to launch from floating docks farther west along the riverfront.

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Penniman Creek Village 30 yds 6 cars Rubble Ramp - Sandy Mud
COORDINATES: 40o - 49' - 12" N-Lat. 72o - 55' - 26" W-Long. MAP Source: H. Horton

Access to Penniman Creek, Shinnicock Bay and Quogue Canal. Penniman Creek is OK for beginners, but Shinnecock Bay is more open and may be rough depending on weather conditions. The Canal may offer significant current due to tidal changes. The ramp is broken concrete and slippery and the shoreline is sandy mud. Check local tides as Penniman Creek is only 2 feet at low tide. Off Montauk Highway in Quogue, take Quogue Street south 500 feet then turn left onto Shinnecock Street. Follow this approximately 1/2 mile then take a left onto Quaquanatuck Street which terminates at the ramp. At this time there appear to be no fees or permits required for this site which is maintained by the Village of Quogue. Call 631-653-4498 for more information.

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Pine Neck Dock Town 15 yds 50+ cars Beach launch
COORDINATES: 40o - 44' - 57" N-Lat. 72o - 59' - 47" W-Long. MAP Source: Site Visit

Access to Swan River and Great South Bay. The River is good for beginners, but the bay may be choppy depending on wind conditions. Located in East Patchogue. Take Montauk Highway (27A) east. Bear right to South Country Rd (36). Go right (south) on Pine Neck Avenue ramp/dock at end. Town of Brookhaven launch and parking fees may apply May to November. Call 631-451-6100 for information.

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Ponquogue Bridge
Shinnecock Bay
Town 20 yds 20 cars Beach Launch
COORDINATES: 40o - 50' - 29" N-Lat. 72o - 29' - 54" W-Long. MAP Source: Site Visit

Access to Shinnecock Bay and Shinnecock Inlet. This put-in is recommended for experienced intermediate to advanced paddlers. Most of the bay is shallow (5-10 ft) with a tidal variation of 2.5 to 3 feet. Current in the east end of the Bay, especially around Shinnecock Inlet and under the bridge can be significant. The inlet should be avoided, especially on an outgoing tide. Pleasure and commercial boat traffic can be significant, especially in the summer. The put-in is located just east of the intersection of Dune Road and Route 32 at the south end of Ponquogue Bridge. Travelling east on Dune road turn left on an access road to an earlier bridge beside the present Ponquoge bridge. The put-in is designated as the town of Southhampton Ponquogue Marine Park, local permits and fees apply. Call 631-728-8585 for more information.

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Quogue Town ? yds ? cars ? launch
COORDINATES: 40o - 49' - 39" N-Lat. 72o - 34' - 57" W-Long. MAP Source: Web Dir.

Access to Hampton Bays and Quogue Canal. May be difficult for beginners depending on tidal currents especially in the Canal. Maintained by the town of Southampton, local permits and fees apply. Located South of Montauk Highway on Bay Road in Quogue, NY. Call 631-287-5717 for information.

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Red Creek Pond Unk Short 2-4 cars Beach launch
COORDINATES: 40o - 54' - 30" N-Lat. 72o - 33' - 4" W-Long. MAP Source: Web Dir.

Access to Red Creek Pond (tidal) and through it to Great Peconic Bay and Flanders Bay to the west. This secluded and pretty put-in may not be in the best of neighborhoods and is not suitable for large groups. Peconic Bay offers challenging paddling under any but the best of conditions. Take Sunrise Highway (Rt-27) to Route 24 and go Northwest on Route 24 about 2 miles to the intersection with Red Creek Road. Go right on Red Creek Road about 2 miles to the sandy put-in at Red Creek Pond. Responsibility for this put-in has not been verified, but it appears to not be posted.

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Satterly Landing Town Short 5-10 cars Beach Launch
COORDINATES: 40o - 57' - 16" N-Lat. 73o - 1' - 40" W-Long. MAP Source: Site Visit

Access to Mount Sinai Harbor which is active mainly with pleasure boats. Good for beginners but at low tide the harbor is essentially inaccessible, so plan put-in and takeout times accordingly. At exit 63 on the L.I.E. go north on Route 83 (N. Ocean Ave.) approximately 13 miles. At the junction with Route 25A, go west (left) approximately 0.2 mile and turn north again onto Mount Sinai/Coram Road. At the first traffic light take a right on North Country Road (Rte 20)and continue east 0.3 miles to a blind curve where you make a left turn onto Shore Road East. Follow this down to the water 0.7 miles to a macadam drive on the right between wooden posts next to a red barn - the entrance to Satterly Landing Park. Town of Brookhaven launch and parking fees may apply May to November. Call 631-451-6100 for information.

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Scudders Beach Village Short 20 cars Beach Launch
COORDINATES: 40o - 53' - 35" N-Lat. 73o - 21' - 25" W-Long. MAP Source: Site Visit

Access to Northport Harbor which is active but not normally busy during the week. Take Route 25A west from Northport and turn right on Woodbine Avenue. Follow this 2-3 blocks to a left on Beach Avenue. Follow signs to Scudder Beach. Village of Northport residents only Memorial Day to Labor Day, permit and fees apply.

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Sebonac Inlet Town? 10 yds 6-8 cars Beach launch
COORDINATES: 40o - 55' - 0" N-Lat. 72o - 27' - 4" W-Long. MAP Source: Site Visit

Access to Great Peconic Bay to the North and west which is suitable for intermediate to advanced paddlers depending on prevailing conditions. To the south and east lies Sebonac Creek and Bullhead Bay, a complex of tidal ponds offering interesting (perhaps bewildering) paddling to the beginner and intermediate paddler. Take Sunrise Highway (Rt-27) east until it becomes 2-lane. About 2.5 miles further, approximately 3/4 mile west of the village of Tuckahoe go left (north) on Tuckahoe Lane. After about 1/2 mile go left onto Sebonac Road. After about 0.3 mile take a right on to Sebonac Inlet Road. Take this to it's end at Peconic Bay. The put-in is at the inlet which often has significant current and standing waves.

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Setauket Harbor Town 30 yds 10 cars Beach launch
COORDINATES: 40o - 56' - 49" N-Lat. 73o - 6' - 9" W-Long. MAP Source: Site Visit

Access to Setauket Harbor which is quiet and generally fine for beginners. It adjoins Port Jefferson Harbor which is busy with both commercial and pleasure traffic. Take LIE to exit 62N, Nichols Road North, to its end. Turn right (east) onto route 25A and go ~1 mile and turn left at Hardware Store onto shore road. Follow this 2-3 blocks to (small) Brookhaven town beach where the road bends to the right. Town of Brookhaven permits and fees apply. Try 516-451-6100 for information.

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Shelter Island:
Congdon Road
Town Unk. Limited Concrete Ramp
COORDINATES: 41o - 4' - 6" N-Lat. 72o - 19' - 15" W-Long. MAP Source: Web Dir.

Access to Congdon Creek, Coecles Inlet and beyond to Gardiners Bay. Coecles Bay may be better for beginners depending on conditions and boat traffic. Take 114 north from the South End ferry about 1.5 miles. Where it bends left continue north on Cartwright Road. After less than 0.5 mile it will intersect Congdon Road. Take this east (right) to the Town Dock and Ramp - steep hill at entrance. Parking is on-street and limited, including marina patrons whose vehicles could block access to the ramp. Shelter Island Town landings are free to residents and non-residents 24-hours year round. For information call 631-749-0291.

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Shelter Island:
Daniel Lord Road
Town Short Ample Concrete Ramp
COORDINATES: 41o - 3' - 51" N-Lat. 72o - 21' - 15" W-Long. MAP Source: Web Dir.

Access to West Neck Harbor to the north and West Neck Creek and Shelter Island Sound to the south. Take Bateman Road off 114 in the town of Shelter Island east to North Midway Road. Left on Midway to next intersection with Smith Street. Right on Smith going east to Menantic Road. Take Menantic road north about 0.2 mile to Daniel Lord Road and look for ramp. Exact location has not been verified by site visit - supposedly ample parking. This Shelter Island Town landing is free to residents and non-residents 24-hours year round. For information call 631-749-0291.

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Shelter Island:
Simpson Road
Town Unk. Limited Concrete Ramp
COORDINATES: 41o - 3' - 4" N-Lat. 72o - 21' - 0" W-Long. MAP Source: Web Dir.

Access to southern West Neck Creek and beyond to Shelter Island Sound. Paddling north into West Neck Harbor is probably better for beginners. Take Bateman Road off 114 in the town of Shelter Island east to North Midway Road. Left on Midway to next intersection with Smith Street. Right on Smith going east to Menantic Road. Take this south to its end. Where it bends east continue straight on Simpson Road and look for the ramp. Description indicates this is a small ramp with limited parking - approach to the ramp is in poor condition. This Shelter Island Town landing is supposed to be free to residents and non-residents 24-hours year round. For information call 631-749-0291.

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Shelter Island:
Tarkettle Road
Town Short 0 cars Concrete Ramp - poor condition
COORDINATES: 41o - 3' - 12" N-Lat. 72o - 20' - 32" W-Long. MAP Source: Web Dir.

Access to Menantic Creek, West Neck Harbor and Shelter Island Sound. Likely heavy boat traffic as this is reputed to be a deep harbor. Take Bateman Road off 114 in the town of Shelter Island east to North Midway Road. Take this south crossing Smith Street where it becomes South Midway Road. After a sharp bend to the left go right (south) on Tarkettle Road. This will bend sharp right near the end - look for town ramp on Menantic Creek. This location has not been verified by a site visit. Shelter Island Town landings are free to residents and non-residents 24-hours year round. For information call 631-749-0291.

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Shelter Island:
Thompson Road
Town Short V. Limited Concrete Ramp
COORDINATES: 41o - 3' - 7" N-Lat. 72o - 19' - 5" W-Long. MAP Source: Web Dir.

Access to Smith Cove and Shelter Island Sound. Site is recommended for Advanced Paddlers only due to currents and traffic in Shelter Island Sound. At the South Ferry station on Shelter Island take 114 0.5 mile north to Thompson Road. Go right on Thompson road and look for a Town Ramp on the right putting into the inlet. This put-in has not been verified by a site visit. Shelter Island Town landings are free to residents and non-residents 24-hours year round. For information call 631-749-0291.

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Shelter Island:
West Neck Road
Town Short 0 cars Small Concrete Ramp
COORDINATES: 41o - 3' - 55" N-Lat. 72o - 21' - 56" W-Long. MAP Source: Web Dir.

Access to shallow West Neck Bay which should be good for beginners. Take 114 south from the Shelter Island north ferry landing. After about 1-mile look for West Neck Road on the right. Take this west then south onto West Neck. There is a small concrete ramp right off the main road with no parking except on the narrow road. This put-in has not been verified with a site visit. There may also be another ramp on the north side of West Neck Bay. Take Hilo Drive east off West Neck Road then go south on Landing Road. Shelter Island Town landings are free to residents and non-residents 24-hours year round. For information call 631-749-0291.

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Shirley Beach Town Short 15 cars Beach Launch
COORDINATES: 40o - 45' - 8" N-Lat. 72o - 52' - 59" W-Long. MAP Source: Site Visit

Access to Bellport Bay to the west where John Boyle Island is visible and Great South Bay and Fire Island National Seashore the south. Both directions are better for intermediate to advanced paddlers. To the north is the mouth of the Carmen's river which is passable to Sunrise Highway (RT-27) and a suitable paddle for novices and intermediates. Conditions depend on prevailing weather. At exit 58-S on Sunrise Highway (Rt-27) take William Floyd Parkway south 3.6 miles and turn right onto Westminster Drive. Take this to the end where it intersects Grandview Drive and enter Brookhaven Town park. Town of Brookhaven permits and fees apply. Call 631-451-6100 for information..

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Smith Point County 30 yds 20 cars Paved Ramp
COORDINATES: 40o - 44' - 25" N-Lat. 72o - 52' - 20" W-Long. MAP Source: Web Dir.

Access to Narrow Bay to the east and Bellport Bay to the west. Both can be suitable for beginners under friendly conditions, but can also be more challenging depending on wind and tide. Tidal currents near Smith Point Bridge can be significant and standing waves often appear in Narrow Bay. Tide lags Moriches Inlet by several hours. Recreational motor traffic in the area can at times be significant, especially on summer weekends.

From Shirley take William Floyd Parkway south. Just north of the Smith Point Bridge there is a poorly marked access road on the right that leads to the parking lot. Suffolk County permits and fees may apply. Call (631) 854-4949 for more information.

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Stoney Brook Harbor Town 30 yds 60+ cars Beach launch
COORDINATES: 40o - 55' - 18" N-Lat. 73o - 8' - 57" W-Long. MAP Source: Site Visit

Access to Stoneybrook Harbor which is fairly quiet and fine for beginners. At the mouth, Porpoise Channel can have strong currents with standing waves - check tides and wind before you go. Take 25A to Main St. in Stoneybrook. North on Main St. to Shore Road. Enter Brookhaven Town Ramp where Shore Road meet Sand St. Brookhaven permit, launch and parking fees apply May to November. Call 631-461-6100 for information.

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Wildwood Lake NYS-DEC Short 6 cars Beach launch, elec. motor only
COORDINATES: 40o - 53' - 48" N-Lat. 72o - 40' - 25" W-Long. MAP Source: Site Visit

Excellent beginner paddling. A small clean 40 acre lake and source of the Little River which drains into the Peconic river near its freshwater terminus before it becomes the estuary of Flanders Bay. This lake is surrounded by private residences and frequented by fishermen, please respect their rights to solitude in order to maintain access to this pristine location. Located in the Town of Southhampton off Lakeview, Old Westchester Road 1/4 mile south of Route 51.

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