Water Access & Permits

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Permits and/or residency requirements may apply for access to a launch site depending on the owner of the site. Nonresidents can purchase a day use or season launch permit for county boat ramps, still many town parks have limited to resident-only parking. Permits generally apply to put-ins and not to landing sites. Paddlers are able to land at any trail access point. Off season” paddlers do not need a permit and seasonal parking fees do no apply.

Access Point Owner’s Map

Nassau County
Dept. of Parks, Recreation & Museums
(516) 572-0200

Boat Ramp Rules require all vessel operators launching from Nassau County boat ramps, whether using motorized of non-motorized watercraft, must obtain a county-parks-issued launch permit. No inflatables are permitted to launch at ramps. 

Seasonal Launch Ramp Permit: $50.00 residency permit fee, sticker issued to Nassau County residents only allowing use of ramp and parking. Permit stickers are placed on the vehicle bumper. Must have valid New York State registration and Leisure Pass to purchase the permit.
One Day Launch Permit: $20.00 fee per day, permit to be displayed on car dashboard.
Leisure Pass $25 identifies its holder as a Nassau County resident and is required for entry into many recreational facilities, beaches, marinas
Nonresident Parking fees: $10 on weekends, beginning Memorial Day through Labor Day.


Blueway User Survey Results

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The South Shore Blueway Trail User Survey was develop to understand the needs of boaters and to conduct outreach to local paddlers.

The survey was available from Sept-2012 to May-2013 and we received 70 responses. Responses rates for each question were good, with the exception quesitons of age and club membership. The responses provided numeruos insights regarding use of south shore waterways:

  • People primarily enjoy the south shore bays for their natural scenery and wildlife viewing.
  • Parking, restrooms and safe, clearly marked put-ins are very important to paddlers.
  • The main safety concenr is powerboat and jet ski traffic, wakes, excessive speeds.
  • There is strong interest in interpretive information, including local ecology, cultural heritage and boating safety.
  • Most paddlers get local waterway information from websites and friends.
  • A typical outing on the bays consist of paddling 4-7 miles.
  • 88% of paddlers considered their skill level intermediate or advanced.
  • 60% have had any paddling instruction.
  • Cold water paddling is popular, with 59% of responders reporting winter boating.
  • Night boating is common with about half of the respondents.

These results are used to inform South Shore Blueway Trail Planning, help develop site designations and recommend site improvements. Find the complete survey here. (include link).