Paddle The Oyster Bay National Wildlife Refuge


Much of our estuary is included in the Oyster Bay National Wildlife Refuge. Established in 1968, the Refuge encompasses 3,200 acres of water – and no dry land (except at low tide.)

2005-09-21 Mill Neck Creek (6)

The best way to see and appreciate the refuge is by water, and the best way to get a glimpse of the wildlife is in a quiet, shoal-draft boat: kayak, canoe, or stand-up paddle board.


Friends of the Bay has compiled information and links to resources for self-propelled boaters exploring our waters.  Click HERE to access this new page.

Friends of the Bay’s Watershed Action Plan, completed in 2011, included among its top priorities the creation of a “Blueway Trail,”  a more comprehensive and developed network of routes, improved  launch sites and points of interest for paddle -powered touring.  We are pleased that the Town of Oyster Bay has adopted this project. As of June, 2014, the planning documents are under final review and funding is being sought to create the Theodore Roosevelt Blueway Trail across the entire northern shore of the Town. The informative Map of this new trail is included on our “Paddle” page.