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Own an aquatic vessel and ready to take on the open sea? Take your boat, canoe, or kayak to these public boat launches in the NY metro area to captain your own adventure!
Boat, Canoe, and Kayak-Accessible LaunchesOwn a boat? You can start your aquatic adventure at one of these public boat launches! Details are subject to change, we recommend calling ahead before setting sail! For boat rentals, visit our list here: nymetroparents.com/boating. Looking for fishing? Cast a line at these locations: nymetroparents.com/fishing.
Captree State Parkeastern tip of Jones Beach Island, Babylon631-669-0559; http://nysparks.comPublic boat launch available for boats larger than 14 feet. Canoes, kayaks and paddle boards can be launched from The Overlook.
Heckscher State ParkHeckscher Parkway Field 1, East Islip631-581-2100; http://nysparks.comAlong with a publicly accessible boat launch, Heckscher allows canoeing, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding and windsurfing.
Orient Beach State ParkRoute 25, Orient631-323-2440; http://nysparks.comVisitors to Orient Beach can go kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, and windsurfing. A map of kayak trails is available in the park office.
Sunken Meadow State ParkRoute 25A and Sunken Meadow Parkway631-269-4333; http://nysparks.comThough the golf course is one of the park’s main attractions, public launches are available for canoeing, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding and windsurfing.
Wildwood State Park790 Hulse Landing Road, Wading River631-929-4314; http://nysparks.comWildwood is comprised of 600 acres of forest, but it’s beach accessible, as well. Launch a canoe, kayak, or stand up paddle board.
Nyack Beach State Park698 N. Broadway, Upper Nyack845-358-1316; http://nysparks.comYou can launch a kayak or windsurfing board along 61 acres of riverfront on the Hudson.
Rockland Lake State Park299 Rockland Lake Road, Congers845-268-3020; http://nysparks.comThe boat launch is accessible for car-top boats only.
Croton Point Park1A Croton Point Ave., Croton-on-Hudson914-862-5290; http://parks.westchestergov.comTraverse the Hudson River after launching your canoe, car-top carried boat or sailboard from Croton Point Park.
Franklin D. Roosevelt State Park2597 Crompond Road, Yorktown Heights914-245-4434; http://nysparks.comLaunch a canoe, kayak, or rowboat in this park named for the 32nd president of the United States.
George’s Island ParkDutch Street, Montrose914-737-7530; http://parks.westchestergov.comGeorge’s Island’s boat launch accommodates boats up to 21 feet in length.
Glen Island Park1 Pelham Road, New Rochelle914-813-6720; http://parks.westchestergov.comAccess to the Long Island Sound for boats up to 21 feet in length.
Fairfield, CT County
Candlewood LakeSherman860-354-6928; http://candlewoodlakeauthority.orgBoat launches can be found in multiple locations on Candlewood Lake, and you can also enjoy the water in your canoe, kayak, or stand up paddle board.
Indian Well State Park1 Indian Well Road, Shelton203-735-4311; http://ct.govCome for the public boat launch, stay for the view of the waterfall.
Squantz Pond State Park178 Shortwoods Road, New Fairfield203-312-5023; http://ct.govSquantz Pond, along with canoe and kayak rentals, also has a public boat launch.
Woodhaven Boulevard and Forest Park Drive
Woodhaven, NY 11421
244 E. 84th St.
Manhattan, NY 10011
165 Eileen Way
Syosset, NY 11791
New York, NY 10036
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