Peconic River ,
Riverhead Long Island
is Long Island's largest river and is also one of its
most ecologically diverse. Originating mid-island, the
river flows eastward until, fifteen miles from the source,
it empties into the bay. A canoe trip down this shallow,
slow-moving river is a relaxing eight mile, three-hour
Turtles, muskrats and birds can be seen in the swamps
of water willow with tiny pink blossoms. Phragmites
reeds are abundant along the shores. Swans, geese and
ducks can be seen as you canoe around the bends of the
As you paddle eastward, the river widens where this
section of the river was dammed at three locations to
permit cultivation of cranberries.
Put in at the Peconic
Paddlers on Peconic Avenue in Riverhead. They offer
a variety of canoe rental packages and free basic instruction.
No experience is necessary.