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Latitude: 41° 1.048' N
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Take Montauk highway east out of Napeague. When you see the Art Barge ahead on your left, turn left. If your pass the Lobster Roll restaurant (their sign says "Lunch" in big letters), you've gone too far. If you're on the right road, you'll cross some railroad tracks within 100 yards and will drive along a marshy area full of reeds and cattails. You will be able to see the south end of Napeague Bay on your right as you drive. Parking is an issue - you should park away from the beach; and hike in ;-((
Distance to a city Take a car
Access time Good walk (15-30 min)
Easy to find? OK
Public access? Public access
Special access No access issues
Alternative name Napeague Harbor
Spot quality Why not
Kite/wind? Good for KiteSurf, Good for WindSurf
Day timing Afternoon, Evening
Dangers Other water craft, Visible hazards
Week crowd Few surfers
Week-end crowd Few surfers
Water quality Murky
Tide Best at high tide
Type Venturi wind
Force Medium (16 - 25 knots)
Main dir. South
Best dir. SouthWest
Best dir. relative Cross-Shore
Period From All year to All year
The best winds are from the south or southwest off the ocean. The local geography seems to cause a venturi, cranking a 15-knot breeze up to 25 or so. Southerly breezes are cross-onshore, and southerlies are cross-shore or cross-offshore. Westerly winds are offshore from the launch site, but fairly sailable. Northwesterlies are cross-offshore on port tack.
Napeague Bay is a good-size body of water on the south fork, between the towns of Napeague and Montauk. It is almost a lake, connected to Great Peconic bay [Gardiners Bay] by a small strait at its northern end.
The good sailing is all in the northern half of the bay. The south end of the bay is shallow, somewhat weedy, and has some small boats moored there. Boat traffic is virtually non-existent.
The bottom is sandy. The bay is heated by the sun, and hence quite salty. It's shallow enough that you can stand in most places, especially if the tide's out.
There is very little chop in the bay. On a really cranking day, you might see 6-12 inches... just enough to launch if you try hard. It's a good place for speed runs, jibing practice, and waterstarting.
By Anonymous , 03-02-2009
This is NOT Napeague Bay - The body of water shown here is actually Three Mile Harbor... Napeague Bay is east of here, where the south fork of LI narrows before reaching Montauk.
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