New York City Water Trail

People posed in canoes and kayaks and with paddles

New York City is rich in water. If you're looking for a few hours of tranquil paddling or a full-day expedition, you'll find it here. The New York City Water Trail connects 160 square miles of rivers, bays, creeks, inlets and ocean in the five boroughs suitable for kayaks, canoes, and openwater rowing craft. Novice and experienced paddlers alike can enjoy skyline panoramas, riverside parks, bird sanctuaries, tidal marshlands, and boundless vistas of one of the world's premier harbors, all from a prime sea-level vantage.

For more information, including news, safety tips, and recommended best practices, please visit the New York City Watertrail Association.

While visiting the Watertrail Association site, we encourage all boaters to watch the 26-minute safety video. This instructional video series includes interviews, live on-water footage, and demonstrations, and is recommended for all vessels operating in our port.

Water Trail Launch Application and Recommendations and Rules

Help us keep our water trail safe for New Yorkers and visitors alike. If you have your own kayak, canoe or boat, read up on these rules and suggestions and apply for your permit before heading out on the water trail. The charge for the permit is only $15.

Learn More about Kayak, Canoe and Boat Launch Application and Recommendations and Rules

Click on a colored marker on the map below for launch site details.

Parks Kayak Site

Non Parks Kayak Site

Launch Sites

Lemon Creek Marina

Hylan Boulevard & Seguine Avenue
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Midland Beach

Father Capodanno Boulevard & Lincoln Avenue (Parking Lot)
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Conference House

Hylan Blvd & Satterlee Street
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Great Kills Park

Hylan Blvd & Buffalo Street
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Alice Austen House/Buono Beach

Hylan Boulevard & Edgewater Street
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South Beach

Father Capodanno Boulevard & Sand Lane
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Cedar Grove Beach

Foot of New Dorp Lane
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Inwood Hill Park

Dyckman Street & Hudson River
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Riverside Park (79th Street)

79th Street Boat Basin & Hudson River
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Riverside Park (72nd Street)

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Hudson River Park (Pier 40)

Houston Street, Pier 40
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Hudson River Park (Pier 96)

56th Street, Pier 96
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Hudson River Park (Pier 84)

44th Street, Pier 84
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Sherman Creek

W.202nd Street
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Hudson River Park (Pier 66)

W. 26th Street
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West Harlem Piers

130th Street & Marginal Street, Harlem
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Governors Island

Pier 101, near the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel Vent
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Hudson River Park (Pier 25)

West Street, between Moore Street and Harrison Street
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Muscota Marsh

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Hudson River Park (Pier 26)

Hudson River Park at Hubert Street
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Hudson River Park (Pier 26)

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Randall's Island Park

Northwestern Randall's Island and Bronx Kill
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Louis J. Valentino Park

Coffey Street
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Sebago Canoe Club (Paerdegat Basin)

Paerdegat Avenue North
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Mill Basin Marina

Avenue Y & East 69th Street
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Salt Marsh Nature Center (Gerritsen Inlet)

Avenue U between Burnett Street & East 33 Street
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Newtown Creek

Provost Street and Paige Avenue, Greenpoint
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Floyd Bennett Field

Floyd Bennett Field
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Gowanus Canal

Foot of 2nd Street
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Manhattan Avenue

Manhattan Avenue Street-end, Greenpoint
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Brooklyn Bridge Park

Between Piers 1 and 2
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Plumb Beach

East bound Belt Parkway, just east of Exit 9 Knapp Street
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Mill Basin Outlet

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Canarsie Pier

End of Rockaway Parkway at Aviation Road
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Pier One at Brooklyn Bridge Park

Brooklyn Bridge Park Greenway
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Clason Point Park

Foot of Soundview Avenue & East River
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Hunts Point Riverside Park

Lafayette Ave & Edgewater Rd
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Barretto Point Park

E/S Barretto Street & N/O Randall Ave
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Pelham Bay Park (Orchard Beach Lagoon)

Orchard Beach Rd & Lagoon
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Shoelace Park

Bronx Park & 219th Street
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Concrete Plant Park

Westchester Avenue or Bruckner Boulevard
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Soundview Park

O'Brien Avenue at Leland Avenue, Soundview
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Kazimiroff Blvd at Bronx River Parkway

Kazimiroff Blvd at Bronx River Parkway
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Fort Knox

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Starlight Park

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World's Fair Marina

Grand Central Parkway & Northern Blvd
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Bayside Marina

Cross Island Pkwy & Little Neck Bay
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Francis Lewis Park

3rd Avenue and Parson's Blvd
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Little Bay Park (Fort Totten)

Little Bay
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Idlewild

Craft Avenue & Huxley Street
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Bayswater

Beach 35 St & Norton Ave
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Hallet's Cove

Vernon Blvd
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North Channel Beach (Gateway National Parks)

Cross Bay Boulevard, south end of Addabbo Bridge, Broad Channel
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Riis Landing

Rockaway Boulevard and Heinzelman Road
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Riis Landing, Kayak/Canoe Launch

201 Rockaway Point Road
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MacNeil Park

Poppenhusen Ave. bet. 115 St. and College Pl.
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Bay Breeze Park Kayak/Canoe Launch

Beach 88th Street and Beach Channel Drive
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