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The quiet, peaceful canoe helps to capture a meditative feeling of being one with nature, even inside the boundaries of the New York metropolitan area. You can spot a grey heron or a snowy egret against a Manhattan skyline backdrop or find a bear outside of your tent with-in a three hour drive of the city. Follow the links for information about some great places to canoe in and around New York City.

 
 

 

 

Cape Cod, MA

Nauset Marsh
Wellfleet
Provincetown

New Jersey

Delaware Water Gap
Delaware/Raritan Canal

New York

Watchill Fire Island
Nissequogue River
The Peconic River
Carman's River

Pennslyvania

Promise Land State Park




 

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The Peconic River ,
Riverhead Long Island

The Peconic River 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 tour.

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 channel.

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.

 

 
 
Riverhead
Canoe the Peconic River
The Peconic River

 

 
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