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Nissequogue River

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nissequogue river 2The Nissequogue River is located on the western side of Smithtown Bay.  At over eight miles long, part of this freshwater river (derived from groundwater) flows through Nissequogue River State Park. The park, a designated State Bird Conservation area, serves as shelter for waterfowl, herons, and egrets, and is along the migration route for songbirds. Amphibians and reptiles also reside in the park’s tidal and freshwater wetlands and hardwood forests. There’s also a Greenbelt Trail, marina, and canoe and kayak launch.

nissequogue river 3This is a calm river to drop anchor and visit a nearby beach, or to travel along and explore in smaller vessels — Nissequogue becomes too shallow for larger boats to navigate the further south you head up the river. Inflatables, canoes, kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, and dinghies can traverse all the way to the south side of Jericho Turnpike in Smithtown (but paddleboarders can’t stand up while passing under the road). Along with the state park facility, there are launch areas near the mouth of the Long Island Sound in Kings Park and on the southern side of Jericho Turnpike in Smithtown.

nissequogue river 4Timing your Nissequogue River trip is crucial, as a rising tide gives you an advantage while traveling south in the river, but the return trip will be more difficult, so unless you are exploring in an inflatable with a small engine, we’d recommend staying close by. (You can check the tides anytime at boatingtimesmag.com/current-tides/.)

There is a restaurant just south of the ramp in Kings Park. There is no docking, but you can anchor outside of the channel and reach the restaurant via your inflatable.

For further information: http://nysparks.com/parks/110/details.aspx

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