The South Shore Blueway is in the shallow waters of the western reach of the South Shore Estuary Reserve, an officially protected area that is striking and very fragile. It is essential for paddlers to boat in a manner that safeguards wildlife and resources. During your visit, we hope you will conserve the south shore’s natural wonders for others who follow by observing wildlife from a safe distance, practicing “leave no trace” outdoor ethics and taking only pictures. The extensive mudflats and salt marshes islands are an important part of the south shore’s marine environment. Do not land on grass islands. Use caution at low tide, so as not to impact fragile sea grass beds and marine life nurseries. Particular caution is required at beaches where pairs of endangered piping plovers are active.

While paddling the South Shore, please protect wildlife and its habitat by observing the following guidelines:

  • Launch and land at only designated access points.
  • Do not land on marsh islands or step out of the boat in mudflats, which support tremendous numbers of fragile life.
  • Leave nothing behind. Practice Leave No Trace Ethics.
  • Observe wildlife from a safe distance.
  • Avoid directly approaching a seal.
  • Be extra cautious at beaches where pairs of endangered piping plovers are active.
  • Cooperate and advance conservation efforts of the South Shore Estuary Reserve Council, Nassau County, the Towns of Hempstead and Oyster Bay and regional organizations.

Leave No Trace 

Leave No Trace Outdoor Ethics ( promotes conservation in the outdoors by providing a framework for decision-making through its seven principals, summarized here:

  1. Plan Ahead and Prepare
  2. Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
  3. Dispose of Waste Properly
  4. Leave What You Find
  5. Minimize Campfire Impacts
  6. Respect Wildlife
  7. Be Considerate of Other Visitors