Protecting & Restoring Long Island's Peconic Bays

On The Water

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!

Top Places to Paddle in the Peconic Bays>>>

Peconic River Blueway Paddling Trail>>>

Water Exercise Classes on the Peconic Bays>>>

Kayak, Canoe and Paddle Board Rentals, Lessons and more!>>>

Boating Rentals, Lessons and more!>>>

Tours and Charters>>>

Top Fishing Sites Around The Peconic Estuary>>>

Top Places to Paddle in the Peconic Bays

For launch sites see the Marinas, Boat and Kayak Launch Sites map.

Coecles Harbor Marine Water Trail

The trail begins and ends at the end of Burns Road on Shelter Island

Kayakers paddling on the Peconic River.

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.

Hither Hills State Park

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.

Orient Beach State Park

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.

The Peconic River


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.

Paddling on the Peconic River Blueway Paddling Trail is a great way to experience the Peconic River!

Explore the scenic Peconic River along this 9.5 mile paddling trail.

Click here for a printable Peconic River Blueway Paddling Trail Map.

Water Exercise Classes on the Peconic Bays

Aerial Fitness

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.

Paddle Diva

219 Three Mile Harbor Hog Creek Road, East Hampton, NY 11937; (631)-329-2999

Seasonal stand up paddle board (SUP) adventure tours, SUP pilates, SUP yoga, group paddles, lessons and more in Three Mile Harbor. 

The Giving Room 

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.

Kayak, Canoe and Paddle Board Rentals, Lessons and more!

Eagle’s Neck Paddling Company

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 ours and SUP yoga classes available. Open from June 25th– September 4th.

Stand-up Paddle boarders in the Peconic Estuary.

East End Explorer

Southampton, NY 11968; (631) 353-5552

Offers guided paddle trips, paddle equipment rental and self guided tours, explorations aboard the East End Explorer tour boat and Explorer Summer Camp! Open Seasonally.

Long Island Canoe Kayak Rentals

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.

One Love Beach

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.

Peconic Paddler

89 Peconic Avenue Riverhead, NY; (631)-727-9895

Offers canoe and kayak rentals.

Peconic Water Sports

64150 Main Rd, Southold, NY 11971; (631)-680-0111

Offers kayak and Stand Up Paddle Board rentals and tours, and season passes.

Sag Harbor Sailing

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.

Shelter Island Kayak Tours

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.

Springs General Store

29 Old Stone Highway East Hampton, NY 11937; (631)-329-4808

Offers kayak and canoe rentals and tours of Accobonac Harbor.

Boating Rentals, Lessons and more!

Boats anchored in the Peconic Estuary.

Global Boarding

50 W Water St, Sag Harbor, NY 11963; (631) 537-8601

Lessons for surfing, wake boarding, wake surfing, and other watersports.

Lighthouse Marina

229 Meeting House Creek Road, Aquebogue, NY 11931; (631)-722-3400

Offers boat rentals, paddleboat rentals, boating lessons, wakeboards, water skis and water tubing.

Sail Montauk

32 Star Island Rd Slip 412, Montauk, NY 11954; (631) 522-5183

Sailing lessons, rentals, sailboat parties, sunset sails, and more.

Strong’s Marine

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!

Peconic Water Sports

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. 

Uihlein’s Marina

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.

Tours and Charters

American Beauty Cruises

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

Atlantis Explorer Tour Boat

View towards the front of a fishing boat on the Peconic Estuary.

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.

Galen Marine, LLC

36 Richards Dr, Sag Harbor, NY 11963; (631) 725-7253

Sailing charters with an experienced captain.

Sag Harbor Charters

Marine Park Drive, Sag Harbor, NY 11963; (631)- 388-6923

Boat tours, fishing cruises, sunset cruises, and more.

The Peconic Star Fleet

The Railroad Dock Greenport, NY (41.100120, -72.362199); (631)-289-6899

Moonlight cruises, fishing trips, and charters available.


Top Fishing Sites Around The Peconic Estuary

Big Fresh Pond

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.

Camp Hero State Park

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.

Cedar Point County Park

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.

Elizabeth A. Morton National Wildlife Refuge

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.

Forge Pond

View towards the front of a boat.

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 Island County Park

Indian Point Rd, Riverhead, NY 11901

Saltwater fishing is possible on Flanders Bay and nearby estuaries. Look for weakfish, striped bass, bluefish, and snappers.

Long Pond

Southampton, NY

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.

Montauk Point State Park

2000 Montauk Highway, Montauk, NY 11954. Cars $8

Rocky shore popular for surf fishing, surfing, walking & views of converging tides of ocean & sound.

Montauk County Park

(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.

Sears Bellows County Park

63 Bellows Pond Rd, Hampton Bays, NY 11946

Recreational site with a freshwater pond for fishing.

Trout Pond Park

Sag Harbor, NY

Known for largemouth bass, bluegill, and pumpkinseed. Town residents only. Non-residents can fish with a town licensed guide.

Peconic Riverfront

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).

Upper Mills Pond

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:

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