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Peconic Headwaters Natural Resource Management Area

(formerly Navy Cooperative Area / Otis Pike Preserve)

View Eastport Conservation Area Mountain Biking Map || View Eastport Conservation Area Mountain Biking Map in PDF (212 KB)
View Hunting Map (eastern portion) || View Hunting Map in PDF (294 KB)
View Hunting Map (western portion)

The Peconic Headwaters is composed primarily of mixed oak, pine barrens, and open habitat.

Access is by daily permit Nov. 1-Dec. 31 & January deer season (Reservations are required for weekends, holidays, and January deer season), and by seasonal permit Jan. 2-Oct. 31. Contact the DEC Region 1 Headquarters for more information.

Recreational Opportunities

Trails are provided for hiking, biking, and horseback riding. The area features excellent seasonal hunting. Many ponds provide ample opportunity for fishing and canoeing. Areas are available for dog training.

Consult hunting on Long Island for information on hunting opportunities and obtaining hunting permits.

Recreationists must observe regulations for use of NYSDEC managed lands in Suffolk County.

Eastport Conservation Area

The Eastport Conservation Area features a nine-mile mountain bike trail through 316 acres of oak-pine woods and open fields. Seasonal hiking and hunting are also available. Trail access is from County Road 51 (Moriches-Riverhead Road) immediately north of County Road 111.

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Accessibility

The Peconic River at Edwards Avenue fishing and canoe access site has been designed to provide universal access to people of all abilities.

Full listing of DEC's Accessible Recreation Destinations.

Peconic River at Edwards Avenue

The six acre Peconic River at Edwards Avenue fishing and canoe access site is located at the eastern end of an impoundment of the Peconic River, known as Brown's Bog or Cranberry Bog, created by the Edwards Avenue Dam.

During the latter part of 1990's the Department acquired from The Nature Conservancy 5.4 acres consisting of impounded waters, marshy shoreline and the dam itself. The Department constructed the "Edwards Avenue Canoe Portage," a pair of stairs that allowed Peconic River paddlers to easily and safely portage around the dam. In 2005, the Department acquired an adjoining .5 acre parcel from Suffolk County, which has since been developed by DOT through its Environmental Initiative, to include a parking lot and canoe launch. Fishing regulations and other information are posted on signs in the parking lot, which is located on the north side of Mill Road, just west of Edwards Avenue in the hamlet of Calverton.

The vegetated areas include mainly freshwater wetlands species such as red maple, tupelo, swamp azalea and buttonbush. The impoundment is a popular fishing spot for largemouth bass, chain pickerel, sunfish and catfish. The property is located in the Peconic River Wild, Scenic and Recreational River corridor and the Core Preservation Area of the Long Island Central Pine Barrens.

Edwards Avenue Site Recreational Activities

Hand launch of canoes and kayaks, portage, fishing. NYSDEC Managed Lands Access Permits are NOT required at this site.

Edwards Avenue Site Directions

I-495 (Long Island Expressway) to exit 71. North on Edwards Avenue a short distance, left on Mill Road, parking lot on right.

Peconic Headwaters Directions

Rt. 495 (L.I.E.) to exit 69 north. 2 miles north on Schultz Road. Permit station for property is located at the Ridge Conservation Area.


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