One of the best ways to see and appreciate all the natural beauties of the Oyster Bay – Cold Spring Harbor estuary is by human-powered boat. Below, Friends of the Bay has gathered some information for paddlers unfamiliar to the area.
The Oyster Bay National Wildlife Refuge includes 3,200 acres of this state-designated significant coastal fish and wildlife habitat.
Residents of towns and villages bordering the bay and harbor can usually find parking and kayak launch access within their communities (there may be a fee.) Non-residents can pay for access at Town of Oyster Bay and Town of Huntington beaches and ramps. Free access for non-residents is available in a couple of locations. Kayak and SUP rentals are available in both Oyster Bay and Cold Spring Harbor – see an interactive map HERE.
Below is a chart with descriptions of each site on the map
NEW! Official Map (pdf) of the Theodore Roosevelt Blueway Trail: TR Blueway trail Map
For current weather conditions, click HERE.
Wind Forecast HERE
Mean tide range is 7.3′. Note that Mil Neck and Oak Neck Creeks, one of the most beautiful paddles, dry out extensively at low tide. They are best visited between half-tide and high water. Tide Tables HERE
Tidal currents often run 1-2 knots in the bay, and can be significantly greater in narrow passages like the Bayville Bridge. Expect current to reach maximum in the middle two hours between high and low water. Current Tables HERE.
Oyster Bay and Cold Spring harbor are popular with boaters of all types. Powerboat wakes build up at certain choke points to create a significant hindrance to paddlers. The prudent paddler will exercise extra caution when crossing the main channels, and should remain vigilant at all times. For a brief overview of kayak safety, click HERE