Protecting & Restoring Long Island's Peconic Bays
Explore the best places to paddle, boat and fish in the Peconic Bays. Find out where to go for water sport rentals, lessons, or even an exercise class on the water!
For launch sites see the Marinas, Boat and Kayak Launch Sites map.
The trail begins and ends at the end of Burns Road on Shelter Island
The Coecles Harbor Marine Water Trail is a joint project of the Shelter Island Kayak Tours, The Nature Conservancy and the Town of Shelter Island. This 5 mile round trip self-guided paddle explores a history of the area, marine life and the habitat.
164 Old Montauk Hwy, Montauk, NY 11954
Launch into Napeague Harbor, which opens into Gardiners Bay. Access via Napeague Harbor Road off Montauk Highway, appox. 1 mile west of Hither Hills State Park campgrounds. Go north on road to end (use parking area for the Walking Dunes). Launch from adjacent beach. Parking fee must be paid during fee collection season.
40000 Main Road (Route 25), Orient, NY 11957
Launch site access at Gardiners Bay to the south and Long Beach (Hallock’s) Bay to the north. Kayak drop-off is approximately halfway around the circle adjacent to the parking lot. Hallock’s Bay is a 30 yard carry and Gardiners Bay requires a 50 yard carry. Kayaking available April – October. Parking fee must be paid during fee collection season.
Take a paddle down the shallow, slow moving Peconic River. The upper portion of the Peconic River is narrow and winding but broadens as you paddle eastward. This beautiful trail allows you to see the diverse wildlife and habitats of the Peconic River and is a great activity for the spring, summer and even fall! There are several launch sites on the Peconic River to lengthen or shorten the trip depending on your preference. Note there are four dams on the Peconic River and you will have to walk your kayak across the street to continue.
Explore the scenic Peconic River along this 9.5 mile paddling trail.
Click here for a printable Peconic River Blueway Paddling Trail Map.
38 West Main Street, Riverhead, NY 11901; (631) 591-3474
Seasonal weekly stand up paddle board yoga classes at Red Creek Pond in Hampton Bays.
219 Three Mile Harbor Hog Creek Road, East Hampton, NY 11937; (631)-329-2999
56215 Main Road, Southold, NY 11971; (631)-765-6670
Seasonal waterfront yoga, meditation, stand up paddle lessons, tours and stand up paddle yoga classes held at The Port of Egypt.
40000 Old Main Rd 83, Orient, NY 11957; (631) 765-3502
Offers kayak and Stand Up Paddle Board (SUP) rentals. Daytime kayak, sunset, full moon and specialty
tours and SUP yoga classes available. Open from June 25th– September 4th.
469 E Main St, Riverhead, NY 11901; (631)-727-8386
Offers Stand Up Paddle Board, kayak and canoe rentals. Adventure tours, moonlight and sunset tours available.
211 Main Street Greenport, NY 11944; (631)-333-2064
Stand Up Paddle Board rentals, lessons and tours. Community Paddle Classes and events available. Each week we explore a different waterway on the beautiful North Fork. Store open year-round.
89 Peconic Avenue Riverhead, NY; (631)-727-9895
Offers canoe and kayak rentals.
64150 Main Rd, Southold, NY 11971; (631)-680-0111
Offers kayak and Stand Up Paddle Board rentals and tours, and season passes.
51 Pine Neck Ave, Sag Harbor NY 11963l; (631) 725-5100
Sag Harbor Sailing rents out paddle boards and single and double kayaks. A paddling demonstration and safety briefing are provided before the kayaks are launched. Once out into Noyak Bay, several nature preserves and wildlife refuges are within a short paddling distance. They also offer sailing trips and fishing charters.
23 N Ferry Rd, Shelter Island, NY 11964; (631)-749-1990
Offers kayak and paddleboard tours as well as rentals if you prefer a self-guided tour.
29 Old Stone Highway East Hampton, NY 11937; (631)-329-4808
Offers kayak and canoe rentals and tours of Accobonac Harbor.
50 W Water St, Sag Harbor, NY 11963; (631) 537-8601
Lessons for surfing, wake boarding, wake surfing, and other watersports.
229 Meeting House Creek Road, Aquebogue, NY 11931; (631)-722-3400
Offers boat rentals, paddleboat rentals, boating lessons, wakeboards, water skis and water tubing.
32 Star Island Rd Slip 412, Montauk, NY 11954; (631) 522-5183
Sailing lessons, rentals, sailboat parties, sunset sails, and more.
Mattituck Location: 2400 Camp Mineola Road, Mattituck, NY 11952; (631)-298-4770
Southampton Location: 1810 North Sea Road, Southampton, NY 11968; (631) 283-4841
Boat rentals for a day, week, or more!
64150 Main Rd, Southold, NY 11971; (631)-680-0111
Water sports charters, jet ski rentals and tours, kiteboarding lessons, wake boarding, waterskiing, tubing, and wake surfing available. Water sports camp and fishing camp is available for kids ages 6-15.
444 W Lake Dr, Montauk, NY 11954; (631)-668-3799
8 boat rental fleet from 16 ft to 31 ft with all equipment for water skiing, tubing and wake boarding – spring, summer and fall fishing – bait, tackle, ice and gas. GPS upon request.
Cruises depart from the west side of the Long Warf in Sag Harbor (41.003496, -72.295573);(631)- 375-5211
Private charters, sunset cruises and a nature cruise of the Peconic Estuary. Learn about the history of Sag Harbor with views of this historic whaling village, plus Cedar Point Lighthouse and Mashomack
431 East Main Street, Riverhead, NY 11901; (631) 208-9200 ext. 426
Take a ride down the Peconic River and experience hands-on learning with the Long Island Aquarium.
36 Richards Dr, Sag Harbor, NY 11963; (631) 725-7253
Sailing charters with an experienced captain.
Marine Park Drive, Sag Harbor, NY 11963; (631)- 388-6923
Boat tours, fishing cruises, sunset cruises, and more.
The Railroad Dock Greenport, NY (41.100120, -72.362199); (631)-289-6899
Moonlight cruises, fishing trips, and charters available.
North Sea, NY
Largemouth bass, chain pickerel, bluegill, yellow perch, white perch, American eel and brown bullhead all present. Town Residents only. Non-residents can fish with a town licensed guide.
1898 Montauk Highway, Montauk, NY 11954
The park boasts some of the best surf fishing locations in the world. Open 24 hours a day. Cars $8
*Collected weekends 5/7 to 5/22, daily 5/28 to 10/10, & weekends/holidays 10/15 to 11/13.
5 Cedar Point Rd, East Hampton, NY 11937
This park offers saltwater fishing, surfcasting for bluefish and striped bass; also, shore fishing for snappers and blowfish. Fishing permitted between sunrise and sunset. Limited hand and trailer launching areas available, check with park personnel.
2595 Noyac Rd, Sag Harbor, NY 11963
Fishing is allowed from the shoreline. Common fish species include striped bass, weakfish, Atlantic
mackerel, flounder, bluefish, tautog, ling and eel blowfish.
Calverton, NY (Take the LIE to exit 71, Edwards Avenue. Go south and take your first left onto South River Road. The DEC access site is on your left.)
Forge Pond is part of the Peconic River system. Forge Pond is one of Long Island’s premier fishing spots for largemouth bass. For the last decade, the average catch rate for Angler Diary Cooperators has been about one bass for every two hours of fishing effort. Six to eight pound bass are reported from the river every year. From the access site anglers can either steer downstream to fish the main pond or upstream to fish the river. The numerous small coves, overhanging trees, and lily pad beds are prime cover for big bass and monster chain pickerel. A small boat is extremely helpful in reaching these features. Forge Pond also offers excellent fishing for sunfish. Crappies and yellow perch are also present, but in lower numbers. Gas Motors Prohibited (Town Law). Hard surface ramp for trailer launch with parking for 10 cars with trailers. Accessible facilities for canoe and kayak launch are also available. Shoreline access is limited.
Indian Point Rd, Riverhead, NY 11901
Saltwater fishing is possible on Flanders Bay and nearby estuaries. Look for weakfish, striped bass, bluefish, and snappers.
Known for largemouth bass, chain pickerel, bluegill, pumpkinseed, yellow perch and brown bullhead. Town Residents only. Non-residents can fish with a town licensed guide.
2000 Montauk Highway, Montauk, NY 11954. Cars $8
Rocky shore popular for surf fishing, surfing, walking & views of converging tides of ocean & sound.
(Formerly known as Theodore Roosevelt County Park)
Montauk County Park Main Offices: 527 E Lake Dr, Montauk, NY 11954; (631) 852-7879
Third House Entrance: 1636 Montauk Highway, Montauk, NY 11954
Fishing and canoeing permitted at Big Reed Pond, noted for its largemouth bass and perch fishing, between sunrise and sunset. Check in and out at the station located at the outer beach entrance on East Lake Drive. On the northern portion, Montauk Park has excellent saltwater fishing for bluefish and striped bass.
63 Bellows Pond Rd, Hampton Bays, NY 11946
Recreational site with a freshwater pond for fishing.
Sag Harbor, NY
Known for largemouth bass, bluegill, and pumpkinseed. Town residents only. Non-residents can fish with a town licensed guide.
Downtown Riverhead, NY
In August, the snappers start to bite and children and adults can fish right from the dock. Striped bass, weakfish, and bluefish may also be caught. Annual Snapper tournament held on the Saturday after Labor Day. The tournament is split into two divisions, adult (16 and over) and youth (15 and under).
Calverton, NY (Access is a DEC parking area off of Route 25. Additionally, The Fisherman’s Deli, located on the south side of Route 25 rents boats and also allows fishermen to launch hand carry boats from their store.)
Upper Mills Pond is just downstream from Forge Pond on the Peconic River. The fish habitat and fishing opportunities are very similar to Forge Pond. Fishing for largemouth bass is very good. Pickerel are also abundant and the sunfish fishing is excellent. A small boat is extremely helpful in fishing this pond.
Before heading out fishing, be sure that you have the appropriate license/permit, and check the most current regulations on the New York Department of Environmental Conservation website.
Please be considerate of the environment, and properly dispose of your fishing lines at a fishing receptacle location! See our map of PEP and partner monofilament fishing line receptacles: