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The Mattituck Creek and Oyster Bay Waterway Access Sites have been designed to provide universal access to recreational opportunities. Both sites are fully accessible to persons with disabilities.

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Mattituck Creek Waterway Access Site, Mattituck, NY

Wooden fishing pier and metal gangway to floating dock at low tide
Accessible fishing pier and dock at Mattituck Creek

The entrance to facility and main gate will remain open to the public 24/7.

The site is located in a scenic location on Mattituck Creek towards the north end of the creek with easy access to Long Island Sound.

This marine access site is the third and largest boat launch site operated by the DEC to provide public access to the waters of Long Island Sound. The facility features a two lane ramp where two boats can be launched/retrieved at the same time. Parking is available for up to 60 cars and railers. There is a fishing pier and a separate dock designated for kayaks and canoes. The facility also features picnic tables, privies, interpretive materials, wildlife viewing and loading docks. All features are accessible to people with disabilities.


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.

Oyster Bay Western Waterfront Waterway Access Site, Oyster Bay, NY

Boat ramp with loading dock
Accessible boat launch at Oyster Bay Western Waterfront

Oyster Boat ramp area will accommodate parking for 20 cars with trailers. This facility is located on property purchased by the DEC that was the former location of Jakobson's Shipyard. In addition to a boat ramp, the property has been converted to a passive park that contains a two-acre example of a native coastal planting scheme, a recreated vegetated tidal wetland area and access to a refurbished 500-foot pier for fishing. DEC refurbished the pier in partnership with the Town of Oyster Bay for use by residents and visitors. The boat launch loading docks, fishing pier, picnic tables, interpretive materials, restrooms and paths are accessible to people with disabilities. Wildlife viewing opportunities are available throughout the site. The overall site encompasses a five-acre area. Boaters using this site will be able to access Oyster Bay Harbor, Cold Spring Harbor and Long Island Sound.

Directions: Rt. 106 north into the hamlet of Oyster Bay, continue until coming to Audrey Avenue, turn left. Continue to stop sign on corner of Larrabee Avenue, turn right over railroad tracks, turn left on East End Avenue, ramp is on right side.

Oyster Ponds Waterway Access Site, East Marion, NY

The Oyster Ponds Waterway Access Site's boat ramp was reopened in late July 2011. The ramp was closed in late October 2010 when it was determined that some of the cement panels that comprised the boat ramp had been moved due to adverse weather. During the winter storm season of 2010 - 2011 additional panels at the site were also moved by wave action at the site.

As of July 2011, signs were / are in place noting the end of the ramp. The removal of slabs from the site resulted in the length of the ramp being shortened by approximately 36 feet. Individuals using the ramp are advised to be aware of tidal cycles when launching their vessels.

Directions: County Road 48 to Rt. 25 into East Marion, continue east towards Orient, ramp is on north side of road opposite Orient Harbor and adjacent to Southold Town Park.

The Mattituck Creek Boat Launch site is approximately 16 miles from the Oyster Ponds site. The hours of operation for both the Oyster Ponds and Mattituck Creek facilities are 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Moriches Waterway Access Site

The Moriches Waterway Access Site located in East Moriches offers access to Moriches Bay for shallow water/small boats. Parking is available for approximately 12 cars, the facility is located on Moriches Ave just north of the Coast Guard Station in East Moriches.

Directions: Montauk Hwy to Atlantic Ave, turn south. Turn left at the corner of Moriches Ave, follow road to boat ramp and parking lot.

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