Visitor Activities

  • Fishing

    Kayaker fishing - Richard Sack.

    Fishing is allowed on refuge waters. A free New York state salt water fishing license is required. Common fish species include striped bass (striper or rockfish), weakfish, summer flounder (fluke), bluefish, blackfish (tautog) and porgy (scup). Town of Oyster Bay permits are required for shell fishing.

    Your Guide to Fishing on National Wildlife Refuges 

  • Wildlife Viewing

    Viewing wildlife - Richard Sack.

    Oyster Bay receives the greatest amount of public use of any refuge on Long Island. Recreational boaters use it heavily from May through September: on peak weekends, approximately 3,000 boats use the refuge; on weekdays, 1,000 boats per day are common.

  • Photography

    Horseshoe crab - Richard Sack.

    Most photography occurs while visitors are boating on refuge waters. However, a walk around the refuge shoreline will occasionally reveal some stunning images worth capturing!