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Dazzling Fall Colors

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Perhaps to make summer’s passing more palatable, autumn throws quite a party along Long Island’s shores. Boaters have a wonderful perspective to see these fall festivities!

We’re listing some great leaf-peeping spots; please note that access to some waterside sites may be limited to rowers and paddlers only. Don’t forget to wear your life jacket and remember to take plenty of pictures!

Caleb Smith State Park Preserve and Nissequogue River State Park

The Nissequogue River has tidal and fresh water wetland habitats and hardwood forests.

Captree Basin
You can easily access the Fire Island Inlet from the Captree launch site, although strong currents make it recommended for only the most experienced paddlers.

Carman’s River
Approximately 10 miles long, the Carman’s River begins as a fresh-water spring near Route 25 in Middle Island and flows south through protected lands, including the Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge in Shirley, and to the Great South Bay.

Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve

You’ll see changing woodlands, meadows, and salt marshes from this scenic peninsula in Lloyd Neck along the Long Island Sound.

Connetquot River
About eight miles long, the Connetquot River begins as a spring in Lakeland County Park in Islandia and flows south through the Connetquot River State Park Preserve in Oakdale.  South of Sunrise Highway, it widens and empties into the Great South Bay.

Fire Island National Seashore

If you’re planning to travel over and then paddle or row around, the ferry service is reduced although the fall colors seem limitless. It’s said that the island was named due to the flame-red color that its poison ivy turns each autumn — you’ve been warned!

Fort Pond
Located in the center of the Village of Montauk — go east on Montauk Highway, then turn left at the village green on Edgemere Street.

Garvies Point Preserve

This waterside preserve in Glen Cove has 62 acres including beach bluffs, fresh water springs, and  impressive forests.

Heckscher State Park
Heckscher State Park is reachable via Heckscher Parkway, off the Southern State Parkway. Follow signs to the boat launch.

Mashomack Preserve

This Shelter Island gem has 2,000 acres of marshes, ponds, and creeks that are home to many species. Shelter Island ferries operate all year.

Northport Harbor

A usually calm area off the Long Island Sound.

Peconic River
Long Island’s longest river flows from the William Floyd Parkway near the Brookhaven National Laboratory east to Flanders Bay.  The river is tidal and is a great spot for beginners.

Setauket Harbor
Another quiet spot before it joins very busy Port Jefferson Harbor.

Smith Point
Narrow Bay and Bellport Bay, both suitable for beginners, may also be challenging.

Stony Brook Harbor
While Stony Brook Harbor is fairly quiet and serene, its mouth can have strong currents.

Swan River and the Great South Bay

While Swan River may be calm, the Great South Bay can get choppy depending on wind conditions and boat traffic.

For more information and for peak viewing, visit for Fall Foliage updates.


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