The Oyster Bay Western Waterfront Waterway Access Site in Oyster Bay on East End Avenue is now open to the public.

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Regional Director Peter A. Scully announced that the new Oyster Bay Western Waterfront Waterway Access site in the Town of Oyster Bay was scheduled to open for the first time on Wednesday, April 22, Earth Day 2009.

"This new facility will greatly expand the opportunities for people to enjoy Oyster Bay Harbor, Cold Spring Harbor and Long Island Sound and will also allow boaters to launch year-round and during all phases of the tide cycle," Director Scully said.

The ramp was constructed from a $425,000 Wallop-Breaux. Federal Sport Fish Restoration Boating Access grant DEC received from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The rest of the construction funds for the site were from the state's Environmental Protection Fund (EPF).

This facility is located on property purchased by the DEC that was the former location of Jakobson's Shipyard. In addition to the ramp, the property has been converted to a passive park that contains a two-acre example of a native coastal planting scheme, a recreated vegetated tidal wetland area and access to a refurbished 500-feet pier for fishing. DEC refurbished the pier in partnership with the Town of Oyster Bay for use by residents and visitors. Wildlife viewing opportunities are also available throughout the site. The overall site encompasses a five-acre area.

The newly constructed boat ramp area will accommodate parking for 20 cars with trailers. Ramp users will be required to fill out an application for a permanent access permit.

The permit is free.

People will come into the facility. They will fill out an application. They will put one-half in their windshield and one half in the box. The DEC will pick these applications up on a regular basis. People who fill out the applications will get a sticker for the trailer, and a permit for the dashboard. This will allow the DEC to track who is there. Of the 20 spots at the lot, 15 are for New York State residents and others from outside the state. Five spots will be reserved for Town of Oyster Bay residents only. The ramp has to be open to everybody since it was paid for with federal funds.

People with questions about the permit system should call the DEC at: 631-444-0276.

In addition to this DEC-managed tidal access site DEC also manages a water way access sites at the Oyster Ponds Waterway Access site in East Marion and the Mattituck Creek Waterway Access Site in Mattituck. The Oyster Bay Western Waterfront Waterway Access Site in Oyster Bay is located at the end of Route 106, in the hamlet of Oyster Bay; continue until coming to Audrey Avenue, turn left. Continue to the stop sign on the corner of Larrabee Avenue, turn right over the railroad tracks, turn left on East End Avenue, and the ramp is on the right side, at the north end of the parking lot. Hours of operation of the all three sites are sunrise to sunset. Logo
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