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Boat Launch Sites for Suffolk County

Note: Use the following definitions to help you determine if a particular site will accommodate your boat.

  • Hard surface or concrete ramp--site affords float-off and float-on launching for most trailered boats.
  • Beach launch--no float-off or float-on trailered boat capability. Sites will accommodate the approach to the water's edge of small and light trailered boats. Boat may then be pushed on or off trailer. Usually shallow areas.
  • Hand launch--no trailer capacity. Boats must be hand carried to the water.
  • Car top launch--For canoe/kayak launching. Limited parking available.
International Symbol of Accessibility

Accessibility: The access sites noted as "accessible" in the chart below have been designed to be wheelchair accessible. For more detail, consult Peconic River at Edwards Avenue, Oyster Bay Western Waterfront, and Mattituck Creek descriptions.

Full Listing of DEC's Accessible Recreation Destinations

Seasonal Access Permits:

A seasonal access permit is required for all activities on all NYSDEC managed lands on Long Island with the exception of the Ridge Conservation Area. The permit is free and valid for three years. To obtain a seasonal access permit, use the link on the right to download the application and follow the instructions at the bottom of the first page of the document. Permit holders must observe regulations for use of NYSDEC managed lands in Suffolk County.

Suffolk County, DEC Region 1
Water/
Town
Location Type Parking Invasive Species Present* Comments Agency
Artist Lake/
Brookhaven
Route 25, Middle Country Road in Middle Island Hand launch 5 cars Fanwort
Municipal
Belmont Lake/North Babylon Belmont Lake State Park, Exit 38 Southern State Parkway Dock Ample parking Fanwort, Asian Clam
Kayaks & Canoes only OPRHP
Carmans River/
Shirley
Off Montauk Highway approx. 1 mile west of William Floyd Parkway. Hand launch 10 cars Asian Clam
300 yard carry required. No gasoline motors.Via cooperative agreement with Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge. DEC
Deep Pond/
Riverhead
Wading River Road between Route 25 and 25A. Hand launch 5 cars 300 yard carry required. Free special access permit required from DEC Region 1. Open for fishing weekdays, Sept. 15-June 15 only. No gas motors. DEC
Forge Pond (Peconic River)/
Calverton
On South River Rd 1/2 mile east of Nugent Drive (Co Rte 24), LIE (Rte 495), Exit 71. Hand launch 10 cars Fanwort, Parrot Feather, European Frogbit, Water Primrose, Brazilian Elodea, Asian Clam
DEC
Fort Pond/
E. Hampton
Off Edgemere Road in Village of Montauk. Hard surface 20 cars Electric motors only DEC
Great South Bay/
Fire Island Inlet
Captree State Park. Just east of intersection of Ocean Parkway and Robert Moses Causeway. Paved ramp 67 cars and trailers Pumpout and wash down area OPRHP
Great South Bay/
Heckscher State Park
On Hecksher Parkway off Southern State Parkway. Hard surface 100 cars and trailers Pumpout and wash down area OPRHP
Lake Ronkonkoma/
Islip
On Victory Drive off Rosevale Ave in Town of Islip. LIE (Rte 495), Exit 59. Hard surface 15 cars and trailers Hydrilla, Eurasian Watermilfoil, Brittle Naiad
Electric motors only DEC
Laurel Lake/
Southhold
In Laurel, off State Highway 25. Hand launch 5 cars (200 yd carry) Electric motors only DEC
Long Island Sound/
Kings Park
Gov. A. E. Smith/Sunken Meadow State Park, Sunken Meadow Pkwy - North East corner of Field 3 Sandy area Ample parking Kayaks & Canoes Only: OPRHP
Long Island Sound/Mattituck Creek Sound Avenue east through the Town of Riverhead. At the first traffic light in Mattituck, turn left onto Cox Neck Lane. Stay on Cox Neck Lane to Breakwater Road, turn left, follow to Naugles Road and turn right, entrance is one-quarter mile down on left side. Dual concrete ramp 60 cars and trailers and 25 cars Universally accessible facility.
This ramp is part of a 12-acre parcel that has a fishing pier, canoe and kayak launch area, observation deck, washdown station and pumpout facility.
DEC
Lower Yaphank Lake/
Yaphank
Located off LIE (Route 495), exit 67 on Route 21 north. Hard surface 6 cars and trailers DEC
Moriches Waterway Toledo Ave just north of the Coast Guard Station in East Moriches Concrete ramp Parking for 12 cars and trailers and 3 cars Shallow water launch/small boats DEC
Nissequogue River/
Kings Park
Nissequogue River State Park, Kings Park Dock Kayaks & Canoes Only: OPRHP
Nissequogue River/
Kings Park
Gov. A.E.Smith/Sunken Meadow State Park, Sunken Meadow Pkwy - Southeast corner of Field 3 Salt Marsh Ample parking Kayaks & Canoes Only: OPRHP
Nissequogue River Off State Highway 25 and 25A split in Smithtown. Take LIE to exit 56 (Rt 111 north) to Rt 25 west (left) about 1.5 miles on the right, Paul T Given Park. Hand launch 50 cars and trailers Kayaks & Canoes Only Suffolk County Parks
Otis Pike Preserve/
Calverton
Access to 7 small ponds, and headwaters of Peconic River from multiple parking areas. Hand launch (Variable carry to the water) Free special access permit required from DEC Region 1 Office. Location map available with permit. DEC
Oyster Ponds/
East Marion
North side of Rt 25, opposite Orient Harbor and adjacent to Southold Town Park Concrete ramp Shallow water launch/small boats DEC
Peconic River (Lower)/
Riverhead
Off State Highway 25 (West Main Street) in Riverhead. LIE (Rte 495) Exit 72. Hand launch 5 cars Fanwort, Parrot Feather, European Frogbit, Water Primrose, Brazilian Elodea
DEC
Peconic River (Upper)/
Calverton at Edwards Ave.
At Edwards Avenue on Mill Road. LIE (Rte 495) Exit 71 Hand launch Fanwort, Parrot Feather, European Frogbit, Water Primrose, Brazilian Elodea, Asian Clam
Accessible.
Free special access permit required from DEC Region 1 Office.
DEC
Peconic River (Upper)/
Calverton
1/2 mile west of Edwards Avenue on Mill Road. LIE (Rte 495) Exit 71. Hand launch 4 cars Fanwort, Parrot Feather, European Frogbit, Water Primrose, Brazilian Elodea, Asian Clam
Free special access permit required from DEC Region 1 Office. DEC
Swan Pond River Road south of Grumman Blvd. in Calverton. Hand launch 3 cars Water Chestnut, Asian Clam
Municipal
Wildwood Lake/
Southampton
Off Lakeview,Old Westhampton Road 1/4 mile south of Riverhead Moriches Road. Beach launch 4 cars and trailers, 2 cars Fanwort, Asian Clam
Electric motors only. Fishing for Southampton Town residents only. DEC

*Confirmed invasive species present. Other invasive species may also be present.