Three Mile Harbor

East Hampton, New York

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A great place for seeing a variety of birds—including rare species, Three Mile Harbor features egrets, osprey, oystercatchers, plovers, terns, herons, and dunlins—and diamondback terrapins. Three Mile Harbor is a beautiful, large protected harbor off of Gardiners Bay. It is east of Sag Harbor (about 3 miles from East Hampton) and is East Hampton’s most popular port. Three Mile Harbor offers boaters convenient access to anchorages, marinas, supplies, and restaurants. At the entrance to Three Mile Harbor, from Gardiners Bay, is a narrow inlet bordered by two parks. On the western side is Sammy’s Beach, a 116-acre nature preserve that separates Gardiners Bay and the Three Mile Harbor Inlet. This approximately 1-mile-long spit of land provides habitat for roughly 50 types of birds, including some rare species. The preserve is one of more than 400 nature preserves that encompass 3,500 acres of land in the town of East Hampton.
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)

A great place for seeing a variety of birds—including rare species, Three Mile Harbor features egrets, osprey, oystercatchers, plovers, terns, herons, and dunlins—and diamondback terrapins.

Three Mile Harbor is a beautiful, large protected harbor off of Gardiners Bay. It is east of Sag Harbor (about 3 miles from East Hampton) and is East Hampton’s most popular port. Three Mile Harbor offers boaters convenient access to anchorages, marinas, supplies, and restaurants.

At the entrance to Three Mile Harbor, from Gardiners Bay, is a narrow inlet bordered by two parks. On the western side is Sammy’s Beach, a 116-acre nature preserve that separates Gardiners Bay and the Three Mile Harbor Inlet. This approximately 1-mile-long spit of land provides habitat for roughly 50 types of birds, including some rare species. The preserve is one of more than 400 nature preserves that encompass 3,500 acres of land in the town of East Hampton.

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

Activity Type: Sea Kayaking
Nearby City: East Hampton
Distance: 7 nautical miles
Hazards/Cautions: Be cautious of heavy boat traffic.
Local Contacts: Town of East Hampton (ehamptonny.gov; 631-324-2417).
Local Maps: NOAA Electronic Charts US5MA22M and US5NY1IM / Paper Charts #12358 and #13209
Driving Directions: Directions to Three Mile Harbor

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