Kayaking and Canoeing- New York



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    Department of Environmental Conservation Launch Sites – Dutchess County

    Click on above link for list of public launch sites.

    The River Connection
    9 West Market St.,Hyde Park, NY 12538. Phone: (845) 229-0595 or (845) 242-4731.

    The River Connection is New York’s Hudson River Valley year-round resource for all things paddling. The River Connection is so much more than a paddling specialty shop, offering: guided tours, accredited instructional programs; a refined selection of paddlers gear; expert installation; outfitting and advice. The River Connection is the Hudson River Valley Paddlers Resource and Gear Shop.
    Owned and operated by a husband and wife team who are both American Canoe Association Instructors, The River Connection is a place where you can always expect prompt, professional service by qualified and professional paddlers. Offers kayaking tours and instruction.

    Atlantic Kayak Tours
    2 locations: Annsville Creek Paddlesport Center 1 Annsville Circle, Cortlandt Manor, NY 10566. Phone: (914) 739-2588 Norrie Point Paddlesport Center at Margaret Lewis Norrie State Park Route 9, Staatsburg, NY 12580 Phone:(845) 889-8461

    Atlantic Kayak Tours is the largest and most experienced kayak outfitter in the New York tri-state area, specializing on the Hudson River Valley. We offer over 75 different kayak tours and instructional programs from New Jersey to Cape Cod. Tours and instructional programs are offered at our Annsville Creek Paddlesport Center and Norrie Point Paddlesport Center located in New York on the Hudson River.

    Long Island

    West Hills County Park
    Sweet Hollow Rd., Huntington, NY 11743. Phone: (631) 854-4423.

    No kayak or rowboat rental but launch access. Picturesque, well-groomed nature trails, including the historic Walt Whitman Trail to Jayne’s Hill (Long Island’s highest peak, at an elevation of 400 feet), wind through this highly popular, mixed-deciduous forested park. West Hills flora and fauna include wild Mountain Laurel, Moccasin Flower, several fern species, salamanders, turtles, chipmunk, squirrel and red fox. Horses (both privately owned and leased from the on-site public Sweet Hills Stables) enjoy some of the finest and most picturesque bridle paths on Long Island at West Hills County Park. Camping at West Hills is offered to organized youth groups only. Campsites, lean-tos, and primitive shelters are available year-round. Reservations are required. Sweet Hollow Hall, a former church, now serves as a public meeting hall for several not-for-profit organizations and clubs. Starflower Experiences, Inc., offers environmental education programs for children at the hall. Sweet Hollow Hall is a handicapped accessible facility.

    Smiths Point Beach
    Fire Island, Shirley, NY 11967. Phone: (631) 852-1313.

    No kayak or rowboat rental but launch access. Smith Point – the county’s largest oceanfront park – offers swimming, scuba diving, surfing, saltwater fishing, camping, outer beach access, food concession, playground, showers, & special events in season.

    Southaven County Park
    Victory Ave., Brookhaven, NY 11719. Phone: (631) 854-1414.

    No kayak rentals but access for launching your own kayak. They do have rowboat rentals.
    The Carmans River flows through this scenic, pine-oak forested park. Southaven is a popular picnicking site, containing group areas capable of accommodating up to 1,000 people. Southaven’s 1,356 acres also offer a bicycle hostel. Boating and freshwater fishing are permitted. Camping is also available, with sites for tents and trailers.

    Shinnecock East County Park
    Dune Rd., Southampton, NY 11968. Phone: (631) 852-8899.

    No kayak or rowboat rental but launch access.
    Flanking the eastern border of the Shinnecock Inlet where it meets the Atlantic Ocean, this rugged, undeveloped barrier beach park includes both ocean and bay beach recreation areas. Shinnecock is a favorite spot for striped bass fishing. Off-road recreational vehicles may drive on the outer (ocean) beach. 100 campsites on the outer beach are available to self-contained campers with a valid Suffolk County Parks Green Key Card. No tent camping is permitted. A small parking lot is available for Green Key card holders who do not have an Outer Beach Recreational Vehicle Permit. Vehicles with Suffolk County Parks Outer Beach Recreational Vehicle Permit must park on the beach.

    Sears Bellows County Park
    Bellows Pond Rd. Hampton Bays, NY 11946. Phone: (631) 852-8290.

    No kayak rentals but access for launching your own kayak. They do have rowboat rentals.
    Nestled within the Long Island Pine Barrens, Sears Bellows offers a broad range of recreational opportunities to Suffolk County residents and tourists. Campsites for both tents and trailers are available. Rowboat rentals are offered on freshwater Bellows Pond. Sears Bellows’ extensive trail system attracts hikers and horseback riders from all points, east and west. Riders may use the park with a horseback riding permit. This park is closed to certain activities during waterfowl hunting season. Sears Bellows Park is a sportsman’s paradise. Freshwater fishing for bluegill, bass, perch and pickerel, with bait, is permitted between sunrise and sunset. New York State regulations apply to all sporting activities.

    Lake Ronkonkoma County Park
    Lake Shore Rd, Lake Ronkonkoma, NY 11779 . Phone: (631) 854-9699.

    No kayak or boat rental but launch access. This scenic park offers a variety of recreational opportunities to the public. The facilities include a fishing area with a handicapped accessible fishing pier, baseball fields, handball courts, basketball courts, and a picnic area.

    Lakeland County Park
    Johnson Ave. Islandia, NY 11749. Phone: (631) 853-2727.

    No kayak or boat rental but launch access. This fully accessible facility, designed for the disabled and their families, includes a nature trail-boardwalk over the head-waters of the Connetquot River, affording unique views of wetland vegetation, waterfowl and fish. Organizational group use is available on a reservation basis.

    Indian Island County Park
    Cross River Dr Rte 105, Riverhead, NY 11901. Phone: (631) 852-3232.

    No kayak or boat rental but launch access. This 275 acre Indian Island County Park, at the estuarine mouth of the Peconic River, is open to the public year-round for a variety of activities. Camping is immensely popular at Indian Island, with trailer and tent campsites open to organized groups, individuals and camping clubs. Restrooms and shower facilities are available for the comfort of all campers. What was formerly the “island” at Indian Island County Park is now connected to the mainland by a causeway composed entirely of white sands. Remote, yet easily accessible to all, this “island”, complete with picnic tables, grills, comfortable benches and views of a glistening and peaceful Flanders Bay, offers one of the finest picnicking sites available in Suffolk County.

    Cupsogue Beach in East Moriches
    Dune Rd., Westhampton, NY 11977. Phone: (631) 852-8111.

    No kayak or boat rentals but kayak launch access.
    This 296 acre barrier beach park offers lifeguard-supervised swimming, sunbathing on white sand beaches and some of the finest saltwater bass fishing to be had on the Island. A food concession (www.thebeachhuts.com), restrooms, first aid center, showers and changing rooms are all conveniently situated at Cupsogue’s pavillion. Campers and recreational vehicles are permitted along the access road running parallel to the outer beach. Diving is permitted at slack tide on the bay side of the park only. Water depth is approximately 12′. *Recreational Vehicle Permit is required for outer beach access and camping.

    Cedar Point County Park
    East Hampton, NY 11937. Phone: (631) 852-7620.

    No kayak rentals but access for launching your own kayak. They do have rowboat rentals.
    The 607 acre Cedar Point, with commanding views of Gardiner’s Bay, offers individual and organized group camping areas. Picnic areas, boat rentals, nature trails, vehicular access to the outer beach (with permit only), licensed hunting for waterfowl (in season), surfcasting for bass and bluefish. The Cedar Point General Store and Snack Bar, operated by Kaelins, offers Saturday night family movies on the lawn behind the store and free use of recreational equipment. Settled in 1651, Cedar Point was once a busy port for shipping farm goods, fish, and timber from Sag Harbor. The historic Cedar Point Lighthouse stood on an island 200 yards from shore when it was built in 1860. Its beacon served to guide whaling ships in and out of Sag Harbor during its heyday as a major port. The hurricane of 1938 transformed the shoreline, shifting sands to create a narrow walkable strip that now connects the lighthouse with the mainland.

    Blydenburgh County Park
    Veterans Memorial Hwy, Smithtown, NY 11787. Phone: (631) 854-3713.

    No kayak rentals but access for launching your own kayak. They do have rowboat rentals.
    Richly forested hills and valleys at the headwaters of the Nissequogue River, rowing and fishing on lovely Stump Pond, casual strolls through the Blydenburgh Farm and New Mill Historic District featuring a grist mill…these are but a few of the attractions of Blydenburgh County Park. This 627 acre park is open year-round to Suffolk County residents and their guests. Horseback riders may ride or trailer their mounts to Blydenburgh to utilize an extensive bridle path system and practice ring. Trailer parking is available at the northern (New Mill Road) entrance. Suffolk County horseback riding permits are required and must be visibly displayed by all riders. Freshwater fishing for pumpkinseed sunfish, large-mouth bass, perch and bluegill is permitted at Stump Pond between sunrise and sunset. New York State freshwater fishing laws apply. Rowboat rentals are generally available from mid-May to Labor Day. Use the southern (Veteran’s Memorial Highway) entrance for these activities. Hikes through Blydenburgh are led on a regular basis by the Long Island Greenbelt Trail Conference, whose headquarters are located in one of the historic district houses. For a hike schedule, contact the Greenbelt office at (631)-360-0753.

    Suffolk County Marine Education Center
    3960 Cedar Beach Rd., Southold NY 11971. Phone: (631)852-8660

    Kayaks, instruction, safety courses, canoe tours of 70-acre salt marsh.

    Eagle's Neck Paddling Company
    62300 Main Road (Route 25) Southold, NY 11971. Phone: (631)765-3502.

    Rentals, tours. Eagle’s Neck Paddling Company is dedicated to the sport and spirit of paddling and the enjoyment of nature at its most intimate level. Paddling lets you quietly enter a unique habitat and closely observe its wildlife, undisturbed. The North Fork of Long island offers infinite opportunities to experience its natural beauty. It has miles of coastline as well as numerous inlets, creeks and marshes. You can watch heron, osprey and hawks soar overhead. You can see geese, swans and egrets feed along the shore. You can observe fish, turtles and marine plants in its clear waterways. We carry a varied selection of kayaks and paddling gear to accommodate all levels of skill and needs. Whether you want the flexibility of family paddling or the solitude of a touring craft, it can be found here. Try a kayak on for size. A tour or rental will help you decide! We have certified instructors who can help you make a choice.

    Empire Kayaks
    4 Empire Blvd., Island Park, NY 11558. Phone: (516) 889-8300.

    Situated on the water in Island Park, NY, Empire Kayaks carries a complete line of top quality SUP’S, kayaks and accessories. Our waterfront location provides access to sensational paddling. Experience nature and wildlife from a new perspective as you paddle the bays,creeks and marshes of Nassau County’s South Shore. Stop by our store for all your kayaking needs. Sales, equipment, rentals, instruction & tours, we have it all! Your first stop for kayak sales and kayak SUP rentals on Long Island.

    Sea Kayaking Skills and Adventures, Ltd.
    Locations in western Long Island and Connecticut. Phone:(203)903-5705

    Lessons and tours.

    Setauket Harbor Canoes and Kayaks
    30 Shore Rd East Setauket, NY 11733 Phone: (631)751-2706.

    Canoe and kayak rentals.

    Amagansett Beach and Bicycle
    624 Montauk Highway, Amagansett, NY 11930. Phone: (631) 267-6325.

    Kayak rentals, lessons, tours.The Amagansett Beach & Bicycle Company sells, rents and repairs bicycles, kayaks, surfboards, boogie boards, skateboards, rowing shells and stand up paddleboards [SUP]. You can learn to row, kayak, surf or stand up paddleboard from our expert instructors
    Take a one and 1/2 to two hour guided tour / lesson of beautiful Accabonac Harbor on easy and comfortable kayaks.

    Long Island Kayak Club
    Multiple locations. Phone: (631) 691- 2396.

    The most economical way to learn kayaking SAFELY AND EFFICIENTLY and progress from novice to expert. A great way to meet and socialize with other people who enjoy kayaking. Use your own kayak or rent one – there is a limited number of kayaks available for rental (reservations required – either way !)

    Main Beach Surf and Sport
    352 Montauk Highway, Wainscott, NY 11975. Phone: (631) 537-2716.

    Kayak and canoe lessons, rentals, and tours. We live to surf. We worship the water. We embrace nature, beaches, rocks, snow, wind, trails, raw beauty. We love kids! We teach them. They teach us. We’re all over local charities. Our shop rocks! We’ve been here longest and we’re the biggest – with more surfboards, wetsuits, beach wear, stand up paddling gear, kayaks, rack systems, accessories – all the best brands. No one knows the Hamptons like we do. We know the hot spots and take you on the most breathtaking tours. Our teachers are super experienced. Like we said, we’re the Hamptons natural resource.

    The Waterfront Center
    1 West End Ave., Oyster Bay, NY 11771 Phone: (516) 922-SAIL.

    Kayak and boat rentals. Take the hassle and committment of owning your own boat and consider paying an hourly fee to rent from a selection of our boats. A great option for casual sailors and an excellent opportunity to test-drive different models. Choose from 5 different sailboats within our fleet of over 20 vessels: Islander 30’s, 23′ Sonars, Rhodes 19’s, PiXels and Sunfish. You may also choose to rent kayaks or SUP’s (Stand Up Paddle Boards) for the day. They are all available seven days a week from mid-April to October during our normal business hours. All first-time sailors are required to undergo a check-out sail to determine ability. Spinnaker gear is also available to WFC certified sailors only for an additional fee of $25.

    Glacier Bay Sports
    81-C Fort Salonga Rd.,Northport, NY 11768. Phone: (631) 262-9116.

    Kayaking sales, rentals, lessons, tours. Long Island’s beautiful waterways can be enjoyed by all through the rental of a kayak. Our on the water location provides easy access to scenic and historic Northport Harbor on the North Shore. Rentals are easy and provide a great way to spend a few hours or a full day with family or friends. Rentals are typically done on a first come first serve basis, but with 100’s of boats at each shop in the rental fleet there is generally no problem getting on the water.

    Peconic Paddler
    89 Peconic Ave., Riverhead, NY 11901 Phone: (631) 727-9895.

    Sales and rentals.Canoeing the Peconic River. Easy Paddling – A relaxing eight mile canoe trip on the Peconic River takes about four hours as you paddle through beautiful woods, part of the Long Island Pine Barrens. We are open Thursday through Sunday.

    Bob's Canoe Rental
    Smithtown, NY 11787. Phone: (631) 269-9761.

    We are located on the Nissequogue River, in Smithown, Long Island, New York, and we are Long Island’s oldest and finest canoe and kayak livery, featuring easy paddling for the beginner, abundant bird life and a pristine salt marsh environment. We offer Canoe and Kayak rentals and tours on this 5 1/2 mile stretch of unspoiled river.

    Nissequogue River Canoe and Kayak Rentals
    112 Whittier Dr., Kings Park, NY 11754. Phone: (631) 979-8244.

    Canoeing and kayaking on the beautiful Nissequogue River- Long Island’s best kept secret. Paddle along 5 1/2 miles of unspoiled nature at its finest. Enjoy an affordable mini-vacation along Long Island’s scenic north shore. Trips available for the Peconic River and most Long Island waterways. Also available, canoe instruction and guided kayak tours.

    Orange County

    Mountain Valley Guides
    2 Idlewild Ave., Cornwall on Hudson, NY 12520. Phone: (845) 661-1923.

    With the most tours, a variety of locations and some of the best kayak guides on the river, Mountain Valley Guides is the premiere kayak outfitter in the Hudson Valley. The Hudson River offers fantastic kayaking opportunities, with open water, calm marshes, amazing sunsets, and beautiful scenery . Let Mountain Valley Guides be a part of your summer adventure as we paddle to the base of the Palisades Cliffs, explore the castle on Bannerman’s Island , search for bald eagles in Moodna Marsh or hangout at our “Now Famous” Sandbar BBQ on our own island. NEW YORK CITY RESIDENTS – Our Hastings-on-Hudson location is only steps away from the Metro North Station (Hudson Line), just a 30 minute ride to amazing kayaking. Hastings is a great place to spend the day with cool places to grab apres kayaking lunch/dinner and drinks. Great views of the Palisades Cliffs and of the New York City Skyline.

    Storm King Adventure Tours
    178 Hudson St.,Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY 12520. Phone: (845) 534-7800.

    Storm King Adventure Tours is your one-stop destination for Hudson Valley outdoor adventures. Contact us to set up your day trip, weekend, or vacation activities, and we’ll make sure you and your family or other group have a safe and exciting time.

    Putnam County

    Hudson Valley Outfitters
    63 Main St. Cold Spring, NY 10516. Phone: (845) 265-0221.

    One hour scenic train ride up the Hudson Line from NYC. One block from the Cold Spring Metro North Train Station! You’ll find Great Clothing and Footwear for Hiking, Paddling and Keeping Fit!
    Kayak Sales, Tours, Rentals and Instruction

    Rockland County

    Sullivan County

    Kittatiny Canoes
    2 locations: 3854 Route 97, Barryville, NY 12719 and 2389 Rt. 97, Pond Eddy, NY 12770. Phone:1-800-356-2852.

    For more than 70 years and three generations, our family has been providing outdoor fun for friends, families and visitors who want to experience the Delaware River and all that it has to offer. From rafting, canoeing, kayaking and tubing to camping, paintball and zipping, we provide our guests with diverse river trips through two National Recreation areas, pristine camping sites and a gorgeous view of the Delaware River Valley on the mountain where paintball and zip line adventures begin. We invite you to see what thousands of others have come to know and love about the Delaware River. -Ruth & Dave Jones, Owners

    Indian Head Canoes and Rafts
    3883 RT 97, Barryville, NY 12719. Phone: 1-800-874-2628

    Get ready for an adventure to remember at Indian Head Canoes & Rafts! Delaware River rafting, canoeing, and kayaking is fun and exciting for everyone. Unique to the Delaware River, we also offer a variety of overnight lodging…deluxe cabins, riverside log cabins, group bunkhouse and campgrounds.
    For 38 years, Indian Head Canoes and Rafts has been a leader on the Delaware River, providing all you need to make your visit comfortable. Canoe on The Delaware River. Kick back for a gentle calm water float or go all out for an exciting white water trip. Then relax and enjoy their popular chicken & steak barbecue with all the trimmings. Sleep under the stars in their riverside campground, unique bunkhouse or cozy log cabins. Canoeing on the Delaware at its best!

    Ulster County

    Westchester County

    Champaign Canoeing Ltd.
    30 Beach Rd., Ossining, NY 10562. Phone: 914-762-5121.

    Whitewater open canoe instruction weekends and day trips. Week-long wilderness open canoe white water trips. Open canoe only- no kayaks.

    Lander's River Trips
    5961 State Route 97, Narrowsburg, NY 12764. Phone: 1-800-252-3925.

    We are located just a short driving distance from New York City and nestled between the Catskills and Pocono Mountains, on the Scenic Delaware River. Lander’s River Trips has been providing Delaware River canoeing, Delaware River kayaking and Pocono’s rafting trips for its clients since 1955. Come stay with us at one of our 4 campgrounds on the Delaware River. Delaware River camping is fun for the whole family or your entire group. Everyone is welcome from individuals to very large groups. Bring your scouts or youth group to Upstate New York and experience NY Rafting, tubing the Delaware River, riverfront camping, or even Pocono’s white water rafting. We offer nature at its finest like Eagle watching, hunting, fishing, and float trips. All of our river activities provide a way to reduce stress and have some fun. Why not plan your next family vacation or company retreat with us and come white water rafting in New York.

    Hudson River Recreation
    PO Box 619, Croton On Hudson, NY 10520. Phone: 914-682-5135.

    Come explore New York’s historic Hudson River with Hudson River Recreation. We are the largest guided sea kayak company in Westchester County with trips on the Hudson River, and Tarrytown Lakes. Since 1998, our experienced and friendly staff have guided thousands of guests from the novice to the experienced through some of the most stunning waterways in New York.
    Guided tours are three hours and we provide all the necessary gear and instruction. If you are looking for an opportunity to learn the local history, meet some great people, learn or improve your kayak skills, or just want to enjoy the sun, then Hudson River Recreation is the place for you.

    Atlantic Kayak Tours
    2 locations: Annsville Creek Paddlesport Center 1 Annsville Circle, Cortlandt Manor, NY 10566. Phone: (914) 739-2588 Norrie Point Paddlesport Center at Margaret Lewis Norrie State Park Route 9, Staatsburg, NY 12580 Phone:(845) 889-8461

    Atlantic Kayak Tours is the largest and most experienced kayak outfitter in the New York tri-state area, specializing on the Hudson River Valley. We offer over 75 different kayak tours and instructional programs from New Jersey to Cape Cod. Tours and instructional programs are offered at our Annsville Creek Paddlesport Center and Norrie Point Paddlesport Center located in New York on the Hudson River.

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