How about Kayaking? [Waterfront Revitalization]

Screen Shot 2015-04-16 at 4.26.58 PMA reader named Michael told me he was looking into where he’d be allowed to launch a kayak:

“Are there any places to launch a kayak into Reynolds Channel? I believe Long Beach Kayak & Adventure did it for a while  from the Marina, Boat Center, but they are gone. The City web page says that the boat launch site at the Rec is only for motorized boats. It says “Only personal, motor boats may be launched.  Non motorized and personal watercraft are not permitted.”

I know you can rent kayaks from Empire Kayak in Island Park, but it would be nice to launch my own kayak from Long Beach.

He was told at the beach patrol garage (555 National Blvd) that it should be fine as long as he has a pfd (personal flotation device).  He pretty much got the same response from the Town of Hempstead Marina on Lido Blvd. Still, It would be nice if kayaking was more advertised as a recreation.

I’ve gone kayaking from Empire Kayaks in Island Park and had a blast. I would love for a similar shop to open up on Long Beach. After all, we are “American’s Healthiest City,” right? I would absolutely love to be able to walk or ride my bike to the bay side and legally hop on a kayak in a safe and controlled environment.

What do you think? Kayaking for the bay side waterfront revitalization?

5 Replies to “How about Kayaking? [Waterfront Revitalization]”

  1. I am not sure why the city does not permit human powered vessels to launch from there. Didn’t the city sign a contract for Stand Up Paddle Board rentals last summer? Where did they launch from?

    And also I think it is a shame that LB is not more active in the South Shore Blueway

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  2. I launch my kayaks all the time from the boat slip. Also says no jet skis but you should see how many get launched from there. I just give motor boats the right of way. Make sure you have a real pfd. No regulators are there ever. Just make sure you know your limits, if it your first time don’t launch by yourself. Take a class or two.

  3. I didn’t know about it at the time, but it turns out, there was a kayak rental place in Long Beach a few years ago which apparently operated out of the Marina: Long Beach Kayak & Adventure. There’s still a Facebook page but it says that it’s permanently closed. There’s also a page in Yelp with one review dated 2012. Their webpage now redirects to Empire Kayak.

    And here’s a 2012 article from the patch:

    It seems a shame, kayaking in Garrett Marsh is a lot of fun.

  4. Me too Ray. Give right of way, launch from the side quickly, no problem, no enforcement ( because it wouldn’t make sense to). See your north coast, it’s a wonderful way to get a great work out, while getting an amazing perspective of our beautiful wetlands and an appreciation of the value and vulnerability of our local ecosystem. Paddle on!

  5. THANK YOU CAPT. OBVIOUS! The South Shore Blueway Trail Advisory Committee would welcome more active participation from Long Beach as we progress to the implementation phase of the Blueway Trail Plan. We met with a representative at the boat ramp last year and were told that kayaks can launch there, just be cautious when crossing the busy motor boat channel. Please visit to learn more about the Blueway planning process and do join us May 13, 6:30 pm at Operation Splash, 202 Woodcleft Ave. Freeport to help launch the new water trail on the south shore of Nassau County. Let’s be friends, stay updated on trail progress:

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