Must-See Jamaica Bay: Canoeing and Kayaking
Outdoors & Recreation
by Alyssa Grossman, 05/15/2012
While waterfront views are stunning from terra firma, those who canoe and kayak around Jamaica Bay know that the sights are even more beautiful out on the water. Whether you're a beginner looking to learn your way around the bay or an expert in search of a boating challenge, Jamaica Bay is full of places to paddle the day away. Marine Park surrounds Jamaica Bay's westernmost inlet and features the Salt Marsh Nature Center, a prime site for spotting water birds. Fresh Creek Nature Preserve's 42 acres of salt marsh offer a quiet spot to discover the plants, butterflies, birds and fish that call the area home. And Paerdegat Basin Park provides boaters with a channel that measures over a mile and leads into the Bergen Beach section of Jamaica Bay. For more information, visit nps.gov.
Looking for a little guidance on the water? Check out these summertime boating opportunities for even more things to do:
May 30–September 1
Open Paddle Program at Sebago Canoe Club
Venture out on a free trip around the bay. This summer's schedule also features guest lecturers who educate participants about environmental issues. For more information, visit sebagocanoeclub.org.
June 2 and July 8
Intermediate Canoeing at Marine Park
More seasoned paddlers ages 8 or older can improve their skills during a late-morning/early-afternoon session. For more information, call 718-421-2021 or visit nyc.gov/parks/rangers.
July 5 and 19; August 2 and 16
Let's Go Kayaking at Canarsie Pier
Spend a warm summer evening on the water. Meet at Canarsie Pier at 5pm.
July 21 and August 4
Basic Canoeing at Bayswater Park (July 21) and Fresh Creek Park (August 4)
There's no experience necessary for these simple starter lessons. For more information, call 718-846-2731 or visit nyc.gov/parks/rangers.
July 27 and August 10
Let's Go Sailing at Gateway Marina
From 9am to noon, the Brooklyn marina invites guests on a waterfront outing.