Kayaking the Nissequogue River

Added by Michael Martineau

Distance: approximately 6 miles one way. Calm winding river. Various birds and marine wildlife.

Starting on the banks of Nissequogue River State Park, this 6 mile journey makes you feel like you’re cruising down river in the south, when you’re really on Long Island. I really suggest going as high tide is rolling in as there can be some shallow sections along this trip. Head out into the open water (which is still technically the Long Island Sound) while keeping toward the middle/right side of the river. Keep an eye out for boats coming in from the Long Island Sound in the beginning as well. Continue down the Nissequogue River and it will begin to get narrower, creating some fun little canal paths with great currents to shoot through. Once through the small canal section the river slowly winds the rest of the way down.

You will see a lot of wildlife along the banks of the river, we saw two egrets, red-winged blackbirds, muskrats, two swans, and more. *Note, be careful around the swans if you see them, they swim right at the kayak and hiss, then follow you for a little bit (see photo above). This is a really great trip to take in the early to mid summer when everything is blooming, especially on a sunny day. The winding river, peace and quiet, and very high grass along the banks provide a great atmosphere for a day of fun.

The best place to finish is at the Paul T. Given County Park, (right off 25A). There are stairs that go into the water where you can dock and get out, as well as a parking area less then 50 yards away. If you go and high tide is at its peak or just beginning to go back out, reverse this route and follow the tide back out towards the Long Island Sound.

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5 months ago

Timed the tides well

The tides online were wrong and as we arrived at 9am the tide was still going out. Had to walk the kayak probably 100meters to get to the deeper water then just carefully navigated the deep(er) areas. As we got to Smithtown Landing the tide changed and started coming in. Not too many people on the water that early, lots of birds and just a beautiful day to paddle. We didn't head all the way to Kings Park but met another kayaker who did. When we got too tired of the current/wind we turned around the let the tide take us back. Lots more traffic on the way back as the rentals had opened up. Really beautiful day.


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almost 5 years ago


Hey Timothy, yes I used a GoPro for this adventure. For the angles of the shots I just held the GoPro right by the water while my girlfriend paddled for a little. It was on the time lapse setting also (1 photo every .5 second) so I could capture the water coming off the paddle. For the other angles I simple just held it up in the air and tilted it downward a little.

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about 5 years ago


This seems like such a cool adventure! Did you use a gopro for those pictures/how did you get those angles?

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