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Exploring L.I. Waters: Upcoming Boating & Fishing Events on Long Island

Enjoy the beautiful weather out on the open waters of Long Island by participating in a fishing or boating excursion on L.I.!

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Kids enjoying a nice summer day near the water in Port Jefferson, NY.

Photo by: Matthew Hester via Flickr.

Here on Long Island residents and visitors are extremely fortunate to be surrounded by beautiful waterfronts, beaches, harbours and rivers. From the Long Island Sound to the Great South Bay, there are countless bodies of water to explore making both fishing and boating very popular activities on the Island. This summer and fall season, get outside with the whole family and enjoy the beautiful weather on the water by attending one of these events focused on fishing, boating and marine education!
East End Seaport Museum's 2016 Bug Lighthouse Tours
3rd Street and Wiggins Street, Greenport, NY 11944
Every Saturday Thru Saturday, September 24th at 4 PM
Adults $35; Kids $20; Seniors $30
Take a round-trip boat ride to one of Long Island's offshore lighthouses, the Bug Lighthouse! The narrated tour begin at 4 PM and last approximately 2 hours.
Beachside Boat Meet at Accabonac Harbor
Louse Point Road, East Hampton, NY 11937
Sunday, August 7th from 10 AM - 4 PM
Free Event
Come out to see hand-crafted, vintage style boats on display at Accabonac Harbor during the East End Classic Boat Society's annual boat meet. Town parking restrictions will be lifted for the event.
Family Crabbing & Snapper Clinic at Captree State Park
3500 East Ocean Parkway, Babylon, NY 11702
Sunday, August 7th from 12:30 PM - 3 PM
Free Event
Bring the kids with to this free family sport fishing clinic that educates Long Islanders about aquatic ecology, fishing techniques, angling ethics and more!
Snapper & Crabbing Clinic at Corey Beach Park
The Great South Bay, Blue Point, NY 11715
Tuesday, August 9th from 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Free Event
Head over to Corey Beach to participate in this free fishing clinic that teaches all ages about fish identification, angling ethics, fishing equipment and more!
Suffolk County PAL Fishing Trips For Children at Captree Dock
3500 E. Ocean Parkway, Babylon, NY 11702
Wednesday, August 10th, 17th & 24th from 9 AM - 1 PM
Kids can enjoy four hours of fishing, learning about poles, bait and fish cleaning during this fishing event for children. A signed permission slip is required and can be obtained by calling the phone number above and kids are advised to bring a lunch with them to the event.
HIA-LI's Annual Boat Cruise at Bay Shore Marina
South Clinton Avenue, Bay Shore, NY 11706
Thursday, August 11th from 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Non-Members $65; Members $50
Meet other Long Island professionals during this networking cruise event featuring casino games, lunch & cash bar and more, all the while floating along the beautiful waters of Long Island!
Town of Islip Fishing Clinic at West Sayville Boat Basin
138 Atlantic Avenue, West Sayville, NY 11796
Thursday, August 11th from 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Free Event
Fish for free while learning about fishing equipment, fishery management, fish identification and much more during this family friendly event.
All Ages Sunset Boat Cruise Dinner/Dance at Captain Jim III Charter Boat
540 Guy Lombardo Avenue, Freeport, NY 11520
Saturday, August 20th from 6:15 PM - 11 PM
$44 Prepaid; $49 at Door
Take a lovely 4 hour cruise on the Great South Bay while listening to the musical stylings of a live DJ. Don't forget to wear your dancing shoes and bring along beer or wine if you desire! There will also be a buffet dinner.
Riverhead Snapper Clinic at Peconic Riverfront Park
Peconic Riverfront Park, Riverhead, NY 11901
Wednesday, August 24th from 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Free Event
Bring along the whole gang for this sport fishing event that allows those involved to fish for free and learn all about fishing techniques, equipment, ethics, identification and more!
Family Fluke/Snapper Fishing at Captree State Park
3500 East Ocean Parkway, Babylon, NY 11702
Wednesday, August 31st from 12:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Free Event
Families are welcome to make their way over to Captree State Park in Babylon to partake in fresh sport fishing and education -  no freshwater fishing license or enrollment in the Recreational Marine Fishing Registry required!
Village Cup Regatta at Port Jefferson Yacht Club
Surf Avenue Pass Way, Port Jefferson, NY, 11777
Saturday, September 10th from 11 AM - 3 PM
Free Event
Come cheer on the boaters participating in this regatta that raises funds for Mather’s Palliative Medicine Program and The Lustgarten Foundation, which funds pancreatic cancer research. The Yacht Club-skippered sailboats will be divided into two teams representing Mather Hospital and the Village of Port Jefferson. The Memorial Parade of Boats starts at 11 AM at the Port Jefferson Village dock.
Assemblyman Joseph Saladino's Marine & Outdoor Recreation Expo at Captree State Park Boat Basin
3500 Ocean Parkway, Babylon, NY 11702
Saturday, September 10th from 11 AM - 4 PM
Free Event
This free event, honoring veterans and first responders, will feature marine displays & activities, fishing, environmental education, boating safety, live music and more!
Dragon Boat Race Festival 2016 at Mayor Jeanne Garant Harborfront Park
101 East Broadway, Port Jefferson, NY 11777
Saturday, September 17th from 8 AM - 6 PM
Free Event
Don't miss out on this boating competition consisting of six dragon boats with up to 33 teams competing in a 250 meter race course that celebrates Asian culture. In addition to the race itself, there will be plenty of Asian cultural and educational fare and activities, like food, dance, song!
2016 Family Fall Fishing Festival at Hempstead Lake State Park
Southern State Parkway, West Hempstead, NY 11552
Saturday, October 15th from 10 AM - 4 PM
Free Event
Not only will participants get to fish with their families for free, but participants will also have the opportunity to gain knowledge about all different aspects of fishing, like identification, techniques, aquatic ecology and more!