Lake Montauk

Montauk, New York

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Enjoy the fun of an active lake that features a United States Coast Guard station and pockets of serenity. Traveling to Lake Montauk will give you an appreciation for why Long Island was named as such. Try driving there on a summer weekend, and this will be a painful realization as you sit in traffic on US 27. Setting all that aside, Lake Montauk is a beautiful paddling destination near the easternmost point on Long Island. The first time I drove out to Montauk, I was surprised that the terrain at the eastern end of Long Island suddenly becomes rugged and hilly. It seems more to me like northern New England and less like the flat, sandy mid-Atlantic coast we typically see.
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)

Enjoy the fun of an active lake that features a United States Coast Guard station and pockets of serenity. Traveling to Lake Montauk will give you an appreciation for why Long Island was
named as such. Try driving there on a summer weekend, and this will be a painful realization as you sit in traffic on US 27.

Setting all that aside, Lake Montauk is a beautiful paddling destination near the easternmost point on Long Island. The first time I drove out to Montauk, I was surprised that the terrain at the eastern end of Long Island suddenly becomes rugged and hilly. It seems more to me like northern New England and less like the flat, sandy mid-Atlantic coast we typically see.

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

Activity Type: Sea Kayaking
Nearby City: Montauk
Distance: 6 nautical miles
Skill Level: Difficult
Hazards/Cautions: The lake experiences heavy boat traffic and large waves often roll in between the rock jetties protecting the bay at its northern end, especially on windy days.
Local Contacts: Hamlet of Montauk (ehamptonny.gov/HtmlPages/MontaukHamlet.htm; 631-324- 4141). Montauk Point Lighthouse (montauklighthouse.com; 631-668-2546). Montauk Point State Park (nysparks.com/parks/61/details.aspx; 631-668-3781).
Local Maps: NOAA Electronic Chart US5MA22M / Paper Chart #13209
Driving Directions: Directions to Lake Montauk

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