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Boat Launch Sites for Nassau County

DEC manages over 395 boating and fishing access facilities. We do our best to keep these sites clean and safe, but if you see something that is out of order or have a question or concern about a particular site, send a message to

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.
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Accessibility: The boat launch sites listed in the chart below specified as "accessible" have been designed to be wheelchair accessible.

Full Listing of DEC's Accessible Recreation Destinations

Nassau County, DEC Region 1
Water Town Location Type Parking Comments Agency
Hempstead Lake Hempstead Hempstead Lake State Park, Exit 18 Southern State Parkway Trail leading to Lake's edge Ample parking Annual $50 Launch Fee - Kayaks & Canoes only OPRHP
Hempstead Lake Hempstead Lake State Park Southern State Parkway, Exit 18, Eagle Avenue. Hand launch No trailers. No inflatables. No gas motors. State Parks permit required. OPRHP
Jones Beach Inlet Wantagh Jones Beach State Park, Ocean Parkway - Boat Basin - east of picnic area Sandy area 50 cars, limited parking Kayaks & Canoes Only OPRHP
Jones Beach Inlet Wantagh Jones Beach State Park, Ocean Parkway - Field 10 - east of picnic area Sandy area 340 cars, ample parking Kayaks & Canoes only OPRHP
Oyster Bay Harbor Oyster Bay Hamlet of Oyster Bay off West End Avenue Concrete ramp 20 cars with trailers Accessible DEC