Oyster Bay Harbor

Oyster Bay, New York

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Adored by Theodore Roosevelt, Oyster Bay features an abundant number of birds, gorgeous estates, and several paddling options. Oyster Bay Harbor is located on the north shore of Long Island, approximately 20 miles east of Manhattan. Most of the harbor is located within the Oyster Bay National Wildlife Refuge, a 3,209-acre refuge and the largest in the Long Island National Wildlife Refuge Complex. Oyster Bay is known for having the healthiest waters in Long Island Sound and is home to the popular Pine Island oysters, which have been farmed since 1887. The bay produces up to 90 percent of the oysters and 40 percent of the clams harvested in New York. Since Oyster Bay is very sheltered, it provides essential winter habitat to many types of waterfowl, including multiple varieties of diving ducks, terns, wading birds, and shorebirds.
AMC's Best Sea Kayaking in the Mid-Atlantic

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AMC's Best Sea Kayaking in the Mid-Atlantic

by Michaela Riva Gaaserud (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)

Adored by Theodore Roosevelt, Oyster Bay features an abundant number of birds, gorgeous estates, and several paddling options.

Oyster Bay Harbor is located on the north shore of Long Island, approximately 20 miles east of Manhattan. Most of the harbor is located within the Oyster Bay National Wildlife Refuge, a 3,209-acre refuge and the largest in the Long Island National Wildlife Refuge Complex.

Oyster Bay is known for having the healthiest waters in Long Island Sound and is home to the popular Pine Island oysters, which have been farmed since 1887. The bay produces up to 90 percent of the oysters and 40 percent of the clams harvested in New York. Since Oyster Bay is very sheltered, it provides essential winter habitat to many types of waterfowl, including multiple varieties of diving ducks, terns, wading birds, and shorebirds.

© 2016 Michaela Riva Gaaserud/Appalachian Mountain Club Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Sea Kayaking
Nearby City: Oyster Bay
Distance: 5.4-7.4 nautical mi
Hazards/Cautions: In West Harbor, if the wind is moderate or strong and is coming from the west, the waves may increase significantly and can make it a challenge to paddle down the eastern side of the harbor. Long Island Sound is very open and can have wind gusts and high waves. Rocky Point is aptly named and has large rocks.
Local Contacts: Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park (516-624-6202); Oyster Bay National Wildlife Refuge (fws.gov/refuge/oyster_bay; 631-286-0485); Long Island National Wildlife Refuge Complex (fws.gov/northeast/longislandrefuges; (631) 725-7598). Sagamore Hill National Historic Site (nps.gov/sahi; 516-922-4788).
Local Maps: NOAA Electronic Chart US5NY14M / Paper Chart #12365
Driving Directions: Directions to Oyster Bay Harbor

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