Kayaking, Paddle Boarding, Fishing and More — Get On The Water in Queens in Summer 2023


Interested in exploring Queens and NYC’s waterways this summer? Here are our favorite ways to safely enjoy the waters around Queens.

Kayaking and Paddle Boarding

Queens and its surroundings offer several waterways ideal for kayaking and paddle boarding adventures. Here are some of our favorite locations:

Jamaica Bay

Explore the beautiful Jamaica Bay, a vast saltwater marshland known for its diverse wildlife and stunning scenery. Launch from areas like Floyd Bennett Field or the Gateway Marina to paddle through channels, coves, and expansive open waters.

Flushing Meadows Corona Park

Located in the heart of Queens, Flushing Meadows Corona Park features Meadow Lake, a tranquil spot perfect for paddle boarding and kayaking. Enjoy a serene paddle while taking in the park’s iconic landmarks, such as the Unisphere and the New York State Pavilion.

Little Neck Bay

Nestled between Queens and Nassau County, Little Neck Bay offers a picturesque setting for water exploration. Launch from areas like Alley Pond Park or Udalls Cove Park Preserve and marvel at the bay’s natural beauty while gliding across its calm waters.


Queens is also an excellent place for anglers of all skill levels. Here are a few top fishing spots:

Rockaway Beach

Known for its surf fishing, Rockaway Beach offers anglers the chance to catch striped bass, bluefish, flounder, and other species. Cast your line from the shore or consider kayak fishing along the beachfront.

Kissena Lake

Located in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Kissena Lake is a popular fishing spot. This freshwater lake is home to various fish species, including largemouth bass, carp, catfish, and sunfish.

Cross Bay Boulevard Bridge

The Cross Bay Boulevard Bridge, spanning Jamaica Bay, is a prime location for fishing. It provides easy access to channels and deeper waters where you can target striped bass, bluefish, fluke, and weakfish.


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