Salt Marsh Nature Center (Gerritsen Inlet)

Avenue U between Burnett Street & East 33 Street
Sunrise to Sunset (April 1 to December 1)

Rules Prohibit:

  • Swimming, diving, or bathing
  • Rafts or other inflatables
  • Consumption of alcohol
  • Littering
  • Smoking
  • Any discharge into water
  • Pets off leash or in the water
  • Open flame
  • Storing personal property
  • Motor vehicles without specific authorization

Location Details

Launch: Yes

Landing: Yes

ADA Accessible: No

Rental: Yes

Rest Area: Yes

Parking: Yes






Nearby Locations

By Car

Take the Belt Parkway to Kings Plaza exit (11N) and then north on Flatbush Avenue to Avenue U. Turn left on Avenue U and continue west for ten blocks. Pass East 33rd Street and look for the parking lot on the right.

By Mass Transit

Take the B46, B2 or B41 bus to Kings Plaza. Transfer for the westbound B3 bus to East 33rd Street and Avenue U. Take the 2 or 5 train to Nostrand Avenue, then take the B41 to Kings Plaza, then the B3 west to East 33rd and Avenue U. Take the N, F or Q trains to Avenue U, then the B3 bus east to East 33rd and Avenue U.

Beginner-Gerritsen Inlet 2 hours 3-4 miles
Intermediate: Outside Inlet, Deadhorse Bay, Plum Beach 3-4 hours 4-6 miles
Intermediate: Outside Inlet, Cross Channel to the Rockaways, Sheepshead Bay 3-4 hours 6-8 miles
Intermediate: Outside Inlet, Jamaica Bay 4-5 hours 8-10 miles
Expert: Outside Inlet, Breezy Point, Atlantic Ocean 3-4 miles to Atlantic Ocean
Expert: Outside Inlet, Jamaica Bay 5-7 hours 10-15 miles


Cannot land on islands in inlet

No Access Areas

Gerritsen Inlet cannot be accessed through the salt marsh nature center.

Restrictive Conditions

Difficult to get boat to water’s edge, rocks and pilings blocking beach.

Hazardous Launch/Landing Conditions

Rocky, pilings in water, jet skiers, motor boats, water skiers

Emergency Landing Points

Any island on the Inlet
Outside the inlet: Gateway Marina, Plum Beach, Sheepshead Bay, Rockaway Shore (1-4 miles away)

Nearest Hospitals

Beth Israel, Kings Highway Division- Kings Highway between New York Avenue & East 32nd Street

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