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.

  • #1 Niagara River

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    Niagara Falls, NY

    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 ...
    •  Full day
    •  10 miles
    •  Guide

    This route follows a section of the Niagara River from the river’s mouth on Lake Ontario south toward the Niagara Gorge and ...

  • #2 Rochester: Irondequoit Bay

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    Rochester, NY

    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 ...
    •  Part to full day
    •  8 miles
    •  Guide

    Irondequoit Bay in Rochester is typical of many bays along the south shore of Lake Ontario and has a sand/gravel bar across ...

  • #3 Grass Point State Park to Rock Island Light

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    Clayton, NY

    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 ...
    •  Part day
    •  2 miles
    •  Guide

    The navigation aids on the St. Lawrence River are mainly the light-on-a-stick variety, but there are a few exceptions. Besides ...

  • #4 Lakeview State Wildlife Management Area

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    Sandy Creek, NY

    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 ...
    •  Part day
    •  2 miles
    •  Guide

    Lakeview State Wildlife Management Area (SWMA) is located on the eastern shore of Lake Ontario and is typical of the shoreline: ...

  • #5 Chimney Bluffs State Park

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    Chimney Bluffs, NY

    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 ...
    •  Part day
    •  2 miles
    •  Guide

    This trip is a short paddle along a strange landscape—it almost looks like the Badlands with water. Although most of the ...

  • #6 Norman J. Levy Park, Merrick

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    Freeport, NY

    As you climb into your boat and begin your trip south on Meadow Brook, you’ll feel as if you’ve entered another world altogether. Gone is the hustle and bustle of the park with its joggers, hikers, ...
    •  3 hours
    •  5.5 miles
    •  Guide

    As you climb into your boat and begin your trip south on Meadow Brook, you’ll feel as if you’ve entered another world altogether. ...

  • #7 Connetquot River

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    Great River, NY

    The Connetquot is quite wide near the put-in at Timber Point, with both shores being extensively developed.
    •  3–4 hours
    •  6 miles
    •  Guide

    The Connetquot is quite wide near the put-in at Timber Point, with both shores being extensively developed.

  • #8 Georgica Pond

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    East Hampton, NY

    Although Georgica Pond proper is an interesting paddle, its two coves and four creeks are the truly exciting parts to explore. Launching from the small lot on Montauk Highway puts you immediately ...
    •  3–4 hours
    •  5.7 miles
    •  Guide

    Although Georgica Pond proper is an interesting paddle, its two coves and four creeks are the truly exciting parts to explore. ...

  • #9 Setauket Harbor

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    East Setauket, NY

    You have several paddling options when launching from the beach on Shore Road. Turning 180 degrees south and heading down the small creek for 0.3 mile will bring you to the dock of the local ...
    •  4 hours
    •  9 miles
    •  Guide

    You have several paddling options when launching from the beach on Shore Road. Turning 180 degrees south and heading down ...

  • #10 Port Jefferson Harbor

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    Port Jefferson, NY

    In a harbor with as much boat traffi c (including a large car ferry) as Port Jefferson’s, it’s best to paddle as far away from the boat channel as possible. Launching from the Centennial Park ...
    •  3 hours
    •  5.4 miles
    •  Guide

    In a harbor with as much boat traffi c (including a large car ferry) as Port Jefferson’s, it’s best to paddle as far away ...

  • #11 Stony Brook Harbor

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    Stony Brook, NY

    Launching from the small beach off the town parking lot positions you optimally to begin a trip deep into the harbor itself. Paddling straight off the beach brings you to a fairly large piece ...
    •  4 hours
    •  7 miles
    •  Guide

    Launching from the small beach off the town parking lot positions you optimally to begin a trip deep into the harbor itself. ...

  • #12 Forge River

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    Mastic, NY

    As you look out from the beach at Osprey Park, the development that is so prevalent along the Forge River is quite hard to miss. There are houses almost everywhere you look, except for a small ...
    •  3 hours
    •  6.4 miles
    •  Guide

    As you look out from the beach at Osprey Park, the development that is so prevalent along the Forge River is quite hard to ...

  • #13 Swan River

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    East Patchogue, NY

    Although the Great South Bay beckons just a few hundred feet south of the put-in, heading north on the Swan River provides paddlers with a surprisingly scenic route to follow.
    •  3 hours
    •  7.5 miles
    •  Guide

    Although the Great South Bay beckons just a few hundred feet south of the put-in, heading north on the Swan River provides ...

  • #14 Northport Harbor

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    Northport, NY

    Northport Harbor’s popularity among the boating crowd will become immediately obvious once you launch from Scudder Beach. Although the scene directly in front of you appears wild and pristine ...
    •  4 hours
    •  10 miles
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    Northport Harbor’s popularity among the boating crowd will become immediately obvious once you launch from Scudder Beach. ...

  • #15 Accabonac Harbor

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    Amagansett, NY

    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 ...
    •  4 hours
    •  8.7 miles
    •  Guide

    The beauty of Accabonac Harbor is obvious, even if you’re just sitting on the beach at the end of Landing Lane. From here, ...

  • #16 Captree State Park

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    Captree State Park, NY

    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 ...
    •  3 hours
    •  5.8 miles
    •  Guide

    Paddling around Captree Island is one of those trips that take a bit of extra work just to begin. The extra work in this ...

  • #17 Jones Beach State Park

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    Point Lookout, NY

    Although the beach you’re launching from is dedicated for kayak use, it puts you on the water along an incredibly busy part of the state boat channel, quite near the even-busier Jones Inlet. ...
    •  3 hours
    •  8.2 miles
    •  Guide

    Although the beach you’re launching from is dedicated for kayak use, it puts you on the water along an incredibly busy part ...

  • #18 Lake Montauk

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    Montauk, NY

    Although launching from the beach on East Lake Drive puts you in the water near the northern end of the harbor, there’s a lot of kayak-worthy water to the south. Follow the eastern shore in that ...
    •  3 hours
    •  6.7 miles
    •  Guide

    Although launching from the beach on East Lake Drive puts you in the water near the northern end of the harbor, there’s a ...

  • #19 Three Mile Harbor

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    East Hampton, NY

    Launching from the small, rocky beach at the end of Will Curl Highway puts the entire harbor in front of you. Head south and you’ll be paddling alongside dozens of waterfront homes for the next ...
    •  4 hours
    •  7 miles
    •  Guide

    Launching from the small, rocky beach at the end of Will Curl Highway puts the entire harbor in front of you. Head south ...

  • #20 Lake Ronkonkoma

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    Lake Ronkonkoma, NY

    Because Lake Ronkonkoma is less than 1 mile wide and 2 miles around, you can see the whole of it when standing at the foot of the ramp you’re launching from. Thus, with little distance to travel ...
    •  1.5 hours
    •  1.9 miles
    •  Guide

    Because Lake Ronkonkoma is less than 1 mile wide and 2 miles around, you can see the whole of it when standing at the foot ...