Indian Island County Park

Riverhead, New York

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Located between Saw Mill Creek and the Peconic River, Indian Island County Park (or, more accurately, the peninsula it occupies) has had a pull on people throughout history. Stone tools indicate that native groups were attracted by an abundance of plant and animal life, while early colonists relied on the waterways for fish, and later, a source of power for several mills built in the area. New York’s first sawmill was actually erected in Riverhead, not far from the park. Just inside the main entrance, the sizeable camping area is organized into four rows of sites with a restroom at the center. A second comfort station is closer to the large picnic area and one of the playgrounds. North of the marsh, eight areas are reserved for group camping and youth groups. Boating is permitted at Indian Island, but only cartop canoes and kayaks can be launched into Flanders Bay. A sandy beach is available for sunbathing, but there is no swimming. Once the site of the world’s largest duck farm, the Indian Island Country Club, with an eighteen-hole, par 72 golf course and driving range, is next to the park on the other side of Saw Mill Creek.

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"Located between Saw Mill Creek and the Peconic River, Indian Island County Park (or, more accurately, the peninsula it occupies) has had a pull on people throughout history. Stone tools indicate that native groups were attracted by an abundance of plant and animal life, while early colonists relied on the waterways for fish, and later, a source of power for several mills built in the area. New York’s first sawmill was actually erected in Riverhead, not far from the park. Just inside the main entrance, the sizeable camping area is organized into four rows of sites with a restroom at the center. A second comfort station is closer to the large picnic area and one of the playgrounds. North of the marsh, eight areas are reserved for group camping and youth groups. Boating is permitted at Indian Island, but only cartop canoes and kayaks can be launched into Flanders Bay. A sandy beach is available for sunbathing, but there is no swimming. Once the site of the world’s largest duck farm, the Indian Island Country Club, with an eighteen-hole, par 72 golf course and driving range, is next to the park on the other side of Saw Mill Creek."

Activity Type: Campgrounds
Nearby City: Riverhead
Season: November-March
Local Contacts: Indian Island Park

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Jun 2018