Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation

Nissequogue River State Park

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Address
799 Saint Johnland Road
Kings Park, NY 11754
Latitude 40.884449
Longitude -73.249573

Nissequogue River State Park is located on the north shore of Long Island. A variety of habitats including tidal and fresh water wetlands and hardwood forests provide habitat to a variety of shore birds, reptiles and amphibians. A section of the park has been designated a State Bird Conservation Area. The Greenbelt Trail, for walking and hiking, parallels the Nissequogue River and provides scenic views of the river and the Long Island Sound from the top of the bluffs. The park also has a soccer field, a canoe and kayak launch, fishing, bird watching, interpretive signs, guided tours and group tours by reservation, plus a conference room which can be rented.

Spring Nature Programs

For Schools: Environmental Education Programs

Find more about park permit information.

The Nissequogue River State Park Boat Slip Information

The Nissequogue River State Park and Marina will be adding names to the wait list for slips on a first come first serve basis. You must be a New York State resident to be on the wait list. The fee is $25.00 per year to remain on the list. If you are on the wait list you may not hold a slip and conversely, if you hold a slip you may not have a place on the wait list.
The number of people on the wait list varies from season to season. The slips are for recreational boating. No personal watercraft is permitted. Boats must be registered to the slip holder.

Boaters may hold a slip for a ten year term. Licenses are issued on a year to year basis if the slip holder was in good standing the previous year.

Please weigh your decision carefully. The fee is not refundable nor can it be applied to the slip fee which is currently $50.00 per foot. The north marina is accessible only by launch or dinghy. The south marina is accessible via a gangway. Travel in and out of the marina is tide dependent. During low tides boats may sit in the mud. You are urged to visit the marina before you make a decision.

If you are interested in being on the wait list, complete the Registration Form and mail it with a copy of your New York State driver's license or non-driver photo ID and a $25.00 check or money order payable to "OPRHP" to:

New York State Parks Administrative Services-Marina
PO Box 247
Babylon NY 11702

If you have any questions call: 631-321-3564 or email: Yvonne.Robinson@parks.ny.gov

For more information on educational opportunities & programs in Long Island State Parks, please visit Long Island Environmental Interpretive Center.

No Pets Allowed

Hours of Operation

  • Park grounds are open year round from dawn to dusk.
  • Boat Launching season: April 20 - October 19
    Sunrise to sunset; Launching and returning is tide dependant.
  • Canoes & Kayak Rental - Spring, Summer & Fall: Weather permitting. Sunrise - Sunset. For rentals/reservations, call (631) 979-8244.
  • Cross country skiing: Available during the winter season, 8 am - 3:30 pm - Weather permitting.
  • Environmental Interpretive Programs: Available year round.
    For schedule and reservations, call (631) 581-1072.
  • Fishing, hiking & nature trails and birding: Available year round, sunrise to sunset.
  • Seasonal Boat Slip Rentals : April - Oct.

Fees & Rates

Most New York State Parks charge a vehicle use fee to enter the facility. Fees vary by location and season. A list of entry fees and other park use fees is available below. For fees not listed or to verify information, please contact the park directly.

Your key to all season enjoyment of state parks is our season's pass. For $65, the Empire Passport provides you unlimited day use vehicle entry into most of our parks. Apply on-line or call your favorite park for more information.

  • Canoe and Kayak Rentals
  • Call 631-979-8244.
  • Environmental Interpretive Programs
  • Adults $4
    Children (3-17 yrs.) $3
    Children 2 & under - free
  • Model Airplane Permit
  • $40
  • Seasonal Boat Slip Rental
  • $50 per foot
  • Vehicle Entrance Fee
  • Cars $8
    Non-Profit Buses (By permit only) $35
    Commercial Buses $75

    2015 Collection Times
    5/23 - 9/7: 8am-4pm, daily
    9/8 - 10/12: 8am-4pm, weekends & holidays
    9/7 - October: 8am-4pm, weekends & holidays

Key BCA Criteria:

- Wading bird concentration site

- Diverse species concentration site

The Nissequogue River BCA is located within the Nissequogue River State Park. River corridor and beaches along Long Island Sound provide wintering grounds for waterfowl, a foraging area and roost for species of herons and egrets and serve as a migration route for songbirds. The BCA is especially important for its concentration of more than 100 wading birds during some part of the year.

Heron and egret roost at the site regularly, with more than 100 individuals present. Migratory songbirds use shoreline habitats; waterfowl feed in river, wintering grounds for waterfowl.

Download a copy of the BCA map.

Sat 07 May
I Love My Park Day
Saturday, May 7, 2016 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Nissequogue River State Park
(631) 848-8587

Come join us at Nissequogue River State Park in celebrating the fifth annual I Love My Park Day! I Love My Park Day is an exciting statewide event to improve and enhance New York's parks and historic sites and bring visibility to the entire park system and its needs. Various volunteer projects will be available to choose from.

Project 1: Clean up of litter and debris

Register Now

Contact event coordinator John McQuaid for more information: jmcquaid@hotmail.com

Registration: Required
Sat 21 May
Historic Boulevard Walk
Saturday, May 21, 2016 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Nissequogue River State Park
(631) 581-1072

Take a trip back in time walking the boulevard of the historic Kings Park Psychiatric Hospital. See first-hand what makes this park so unique. Bring water, a hat and sunscreen. Approximately 3 miles.

Registration: Required
Sat 25 Jun
Exploring the Seashore
Saturday, June 25, 2016 01:30 PM - 03:30 PM
Nissequogue River State Park
(631) 581-1072

Celebrate summer! Visit the water's edge to explore life in and around the sound. Bring sunscreen, a towel, and water shoes.

Registration: Required

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Amenities, Activities & Information

  • Amenities
  • Boat Launches
  • Marina
  • Museum/Visitors Center
  • Nature Trails
  • Activities
  • Canoeing/Kayaking
  • Canoeing/Kayaking
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Snowshoeing Trails
  • X-Country Skiing