Two women canoeing in Sandy Hook Bay
On the water in the Sandy Hook Bay

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Hand-launched privately-owned small boats (canoes, kayaks, and rowboats) may be launched from various sites around the park. These sites include (but are not limited to) Floyd Bennett Field's seaplane ramp, kayak launchs at North Channel Bridge, Riis Landing and Canarsie Pier and Beach Area C and Horseshoe Cove in Sandy Hook.

There are two marina in Gateway for larger boats, and a boat ramp in Great Kills Park. Permits are required to park in the Great Kills Park boat ramp lot. Information about the Great Kills Boat Ramp can be found on the Great Kills page.

  • Gateway Marina, located on Flatbush Avenue across from Floyd Bennett Field, offers slips and a full range of boating services. Call (718) 252-8761.
  • Moonbeam Marina at Great Kills Park, serves boaters visiting Staten Island's Great Kills Harbor. Call (718)351-8476.

Other useful info:

Jamaica Bay Kayak Trail Map

Know the following restrictions for boating at Gateway National Recreation Area:

  • Entry into salt marshes or onto any islands in Jamaica Bay is prohibited.
  • Landing on the beach with a motorized boat is prohibited.
  • Uses of jetskis in the park, including the Jamaica Bay, is prohibited.

Last updated: August 20, 2021

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