Best Sea Kayaking in New York

This list represents the most popular sea kayaking in New York. Use this list to plan your next New York sea kayaking trip. Select a state and/or activity below to find even more top trails.

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#1. Niagara River


This route follows a section of the Niagara River from the river’s mouth on Lake Ontario south toward the Niagara Gorge and Falls (but not too close!). The river flows through the high wooded bluffs o…
From the guidebook "Guide to Sea Kayaking on Lakes Huron, Erie & Ontario"
Niagara Falls, NY - Sea Kayaking - 10 miles
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#2. Rochester: Irondequoit Bay


Irondequoit Bay in Rochester is typical of many bays along the south shore of Lake Ontario and has a sand/gravel bar across the lakeside end and wetlands/marshes at the south end. It makes an interest…
From the guidebook "Guide to Sea Kayaking on Lakes Huron, Erie & Ontario"
Rochester, NY - Sea Kayaking - 8 miles
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#3. Grass Point State Park to Rock Island Light


The navigation aids on the St. Lawrence River are mainly the light-on-a-stick variety, but there are a few exceptions. Besides Rock Island State Park, there are lighthouses at Ogdensburg and Tibbets P…
From the guidebook "Guide to Sea Kayaking on Lakes Huron, Erie & Ontario"
Clayton, NY - Sea Kayaking - 2 miles
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#4. Lakeview State Wildlife Management Area


Lakeview State Wildlife Management Area (SWMA) is located on the eastern shore of Lake Ontario and is typical of the shoreline: low, flat, and sandy, with numerous lagoons along the shore. This type o…
From the guidebook "Guide to Sea Kayaking on Lakes Huron, Erie & Ontario"
Sandy Creek, NY - Sea Kayaking - 2 miles
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#5. Chimney Bluffs State Park


This trip is a short paddle along a strange landscape—it almost looks like the Badlands with water. Although most of the south shore of Lake Ontario is pretty flat, the eroded spires and cliffs of Chi…
From the guidebook "Guide to Sea Kayaking on Lakes Huron, Erie & Ontario"
Chimney Bluffs, NY - Sea Kayaking - 2 miles
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#6. Pelham Bay Park to New Rochelle


Paddle past islands, along shorelines, and through lagoons for beautiful views of Long Island Sound. Pelham Bay Park is a primary feature in the Bronx. It is New York City’s largest park and is more t…
From the guidebook "AMC's Best Sea Kayaking in the Mid-Atlantic"
Bronx, NY - Sea Kayaking - 7 nautical miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#7. Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge


Enjoy the national park system’s only national wildlife refuge, and check out hundreds of species of birds, right in the heart of New York City.…
From the guidebook "AMC's Best Sea Kayaking in the Mid-Atlantic"
Brooklyn, NY - Sea Kayaking - 3-5-10.5 nautical mi
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#8. Oyster Bay Harbor


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, approxim…
From the guidebook "AMC's Best Sea Kayaking in the Mid-Atlantic"
Oyster Bay, NY - Sea Kayaking - 5.4-7.4 nautical mi
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#9. Shelter Island-Coecles Harbor Marine Water Trail


Explore a scenic, protected harbor at an island accessible only by ferry. Burns Road Ramp, Long Island Kayakers can launch from the end of Burns Road, into Coecles Harbor. If you’re coming from the s…
From the guidebook "AMC's Best Sea Kayaking in the Mid-Atlantic"
Shelter Island, NY - Sea Kayaking - 5.6 nautical miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#10. Bullhead Bay to Scallop Pond


Paddle peaceful, lovely waters to find ducks, green herons, terns, snowy egrets, piping plovers, and a historic home. Despite all the natural beauty of Long Island, it can be difficult to find a slic…
From the guidebook "AMC's Best Sea Kayaking in the Mid-Atlantic"
South Hampton, NY - Sea Kayaking - 7 nautical miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#11. Sag Harbor


Rub elbows with the rich and famous while paddling in a historic harbor and find impressive yachts, beautiful homes, and shorebirds in the creeks and coves.…
From the guidebook "AMC's Best Sea Kayaking in the Mid-Atlantic"
Sag Harbor, NY - Sea Kayaking - 4.5-9.5 nautical mi
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#12. Three Mile Harbor


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 Mil…
From the guidebook "AMC's Best Sea Kayaking in the Mid-Atlantic"
East Hampton, NY - Sea Kayaking - 7 nautical miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#13. Lake Montauk


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 suc…
From the guidebook "AMC's Best Sea Kayaking in the Mid-Atlantic"
Montauk, NY - Sea Kayaking - 6 nautical miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#14. Accabonac Harbor


The beauty of Accabonac Harbor is obvious, even if you’re just sitting on the beach at the end of Landing Lane. From here, only a small cluster of homes is visible in the distance, with an amazingly v…
From the guidebook "Paddling Long Island and New York City"
Amagansett, NY - Sea Kayaking - 8.7 miles
Published by Menasha Ridge Press

#15. Captree State Park


Paddling around Captree Island is one of those trips that take a bit of extra work just to begin. The extra work in this case involves paddling a short distance to the north, past the state park’s pop…
From the guidebook "Paddling Long Island and New York City"
Captree State Park, NY - Sea Kayaking - 5.8 miles
Published by Menasha Ridge Press

#16. Yaphank Avenue to Southaven County Park


The best place to begin your paddle on the Upper Carmans River is just below Lower Lake in Yaphank.…
From the guidebook "Paddling Long Island and New York City"
Gordon Heights, NY - Sea Kayaking - 3.5 miles
Published by Menasha Ridge Press

#17. Montauk Highway to Squassux Landing


Unless you’re continuing a paddle from the Upper Carmans, the floating dock at the vacant kayak-rental shop on Montauk Highway is the best place to launch on the lower river. You will enter the water…
From the guidebook "Paddling Long Island and New York City"
Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge, NY - Sea Kayaking - 5 miles
Published by Menasha Ridge Press

#18. Coecles Harbor Marine Water Trail


To reach the fi rst stop along the Coecles Harbor Marine Water Trail, head southeast from the Burns Road put-in and hug the shore for a few hundred feet until you reach a small white buoy with a green…
From the guidebook "Paddling Long Island and New York City"
Shelter Island, NY - Sea Kayaking - 7.4 miles
Published by Menasha Ridge Press

#19. Connetquot River


The Connetquot is quite wide near the put-in at Timber Point, with both shores being extensively developed.…
From the guidebook "Paddling Long Island and New York City"
Great River, NY - Sea Kayaking - 6 miles
Published by Menasha Ridge Press

#20. Cutchogue Harbor


Launch from the beach at the end of Pequash Avenue, and the first thing you’ll have to do is decide on a direction in which to head. The northern tip of Robins Island lies just 2 miles due south of th…
From the guidebook "Paddling Long Island and New York City"
Mattituck, NY - Sea Kayaking - 6.3 miles
Published by Menasha Ridge Press