Paddling Long Island and New York City: The Best Sea Kayaking from Montauk to Manhasset Bay to Manhattan

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Boasting more than 400 miles of coastline, beautiful sandy beaches, expansive salt marshes, and dozens of protected bays and harbors, Long Island is truly a paddler's paradise. It offers something for everyone, from expert sea kayakers to families with young children. Amazing wildlife, ever-changing landscapes, charming history, and, on its western edge, a view of the setting sun behind the Manhattan skyline-what better way to explore it all ...

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Paddling Long Island and New York City: The Best Sea Kayaking from Montauk to Manhasset Bay to Manhattan

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Overview

Boasting more than 400 miles of coastline, beautiful sandy beaches, expansive salt marshes, and dozens of protected bays and harbors, Long Island is truly a paddler's paradise. It offers something for everyone, from expert sea kayakers to families with young children. Amazing wildlife, ever-changing landscapes, charming history, and, on its western edge, a view of the setting sun behind the Manhattan skyline-what better way to explore it all than from the water?

With author Kevin Stiegelmaier's guidance, you'll discover

50 excellent paddling locations scattered across the island and in the New York City area, including rivers, harbors, lakes, and portions of the New York City Water Trail

Maps, GPS coordinates, safety information, and navigational "rules of the road"

Helpful hints on trip planning, including details on tides, equipment, training, and camping

Details on Long Island's geology, weather, history, and wildlife

An extensive list of paddling outfitters, clubs, and useful websites

Whether you're looking to spend a long day on the water or you just have time for a quick tour of a local harbor, this book has everything you need to make the trip enjoyable.

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What People Are Saying

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"With hundreds of miles of coastline, touring New York by water only makes sense."
—WABC-TV New York

"Stiegelmaier provides paddlers with the information they need to explore 400 miles of coastline where they can enjoy everything from the glittering Manhattan skyline to the sandy beaches, salt ponds and forests of Montauk Point." &#8212 Sea Kayaker Magazine, December 2012

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780897325295
  • Publisher: Menasha Ridge Press
  • Publication date: 5/22/2012
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 790,400
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Kevin Stiegelmaier enjoys a lifelong devotion to nature and the outdoors. Growing up on Long Island instilled in him a love of the ocean and led to a degree in Marine Biology. It also inspired the purchase of his first kayak and the beginning of what has been a 14-year passion with paddling. In that time Kevin has canoed and kayaked on every type of water in every state along the East Coast, although he prefers exploring the waters of his home state, New York. Kevin currently lives on the north shore of Long Island with his two children and teaches high school biology whenever he is not paddling.

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Table of Contents

Overview Map

Overview-map Key 1

Dedication iv

Acknowledgments viii

Preface x

Run Recommendations xii

Introduction 1

Part 1 Suffolk County 17

1 Accabonac Harbor 18

2 Captree State Park 22

3 Carmans River 27

3A Yaphank Avenue to Southaven County Park 29

3B Montauk Highway to Squassux Landing 32

4 Coecles Harbor Marine Water Trail 34

5 Connetquot River 39

6 Cutchogue Harbor 42

7 Flanders Bay 47

8 Forge River 51

9 Georgica Pond 56

10 Greenport Harbor 60

11 Hallock Bay 64

12 Huntington Harbor 68

13 Lake Montauk 72

14 Lake Ronkonkoma 76

15 Lloyd Harbor 80

16 Mattituck Creek 86

17 Mecox Bay 90

18 Montauk Point 95

19 Moriches Bay 99

20 Mt. Sinai Harbor 103

21 Napeague Harbor 107

22 Nissequogue River 111

23 Northport Harbor 115

24 North Sea Harbor 121

25 Peconic River 125

26 Port Jefferson Harbor 129

27 Robins Island? 134

28 Sag Harbor 138

29 Sebonac Creek 141

30 Setauket Harbor 146

31 Shelter Island and Mashomack Preserve 151

32 Shinnecock Bay 155

33 Stony Brook Harbor 160

34 Swan River 164

35 Three Mile Harbor 168

36 West Meadow Creek 171

Part 2 Nassau County 177

37 Cold Spring Harbor 177

38 Hempstead Harbor 182

39 Jones Beach State Park 186

40 Manhasset Bay 191

41 Norman J. Levy Park, Merrick 195

42 Oyster Bay Harbor 199

Part 3 New York City 205

43 Arthur Kill 205

44 Bronx River 210

45 East River 215

46 Gowanus Canal 219

47 Jamaica Bay 222

48 Little Neck Bay 227

49 Newtown Creek 231

50 New York Upper Bay 235

Appendixes 241

Appendix A Paddling Outfitters 241

Appendix B Paddling Clubs 243

Appendix C Online Resources 244

Index 246

About the Author 252

Map Legend

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