There is a place on Fire Island in the wilderness area of the National Seashore called Old Inlet. It lies just about 2 miles west of the Ranger Station at Smith Point. The reference to old inlet comes from the fact that many years ago there was an inlet at that point. It fed water from the Atlantic Ocean into Bellport Bay on every tidal exchange.
In October of 2012 superstorm Sandy turned the Old Inlet area into “New” Inlet. NACK paddlers have visited the area several times since the storm. This past Thursday, despite strong winds and overcast skies they again ventured out.
Standing on the shore one can only imagine the fury of the storm that broke through Fire Island to permit the Atlantic to reclaim it’s access to the Great South Bay.
The NACK Summer Newsletter is now available.
Also representatives of the South Shore Blueway Trail will be present to hand out information about the new kayak watertrail and gather more paddler feedback. Call to reserve 516 889 8300
This weekend April 27 & 28 2013, the Dinghy Shop will hold its annual “Kayak Test Drive” demo days at the shop in Amityville. Everyone is welcome to try a wide assortment of kayaks and paddles. The event runs from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM each day and the shop is located at 334 South Bayview Avenue. For further information visit the Dinghy Shop Website or give them a call at (631) 264-0005.
The NACK Spring Newsletter is now online including the Presidents Message, Spring Schedule, Wind & Waves, Build a Greenland Kayak, The Heel Hook Self Rescue Technique and more.
Spring is almost here so kayak camping will be the main topic at the next regular meeting. We will go over gear selection and packing it into dry bags. Then we’ll pack it all into an a typical sea kayak. Along the way we’ll recount the highlights of the previous NACK camping trip to the Adirondack’s Saranac Islands. The meeting will be held at the Connetquot Public Library 760 Ocean Ave., Bohemia. As usual, we’ll have a pre-meeting at 6, the business meeting at 7, followed by Kayak Camping at 730 PM. Guests are welcome.
This weekend, the largest canoe, kayak and standup paddling show on the East Coast is taking place in Somerset, NJ. The show features manufacturers of kayaks, canoes, accessories, sportswear, paddling clubs professional instruction and expeditions, as well as lectures and video and slide shows of paddling trips, expeditions and paddling techniques. Paddlesport hosts over 100 exhibitors, including the top names in canoes, kayaks and SUPs, such as Hobie, Ocean Kayak, Epic Kayaks, Perception, Wilderness Systems, Wave Sport, Mad River Canoe, Old Town, Surftech and much more! North Atlantic Canoe & Kayak and the American Canoe Association will both be at the Paddlesport Show all weekend so be sure to stop by and visit. You can talk with NACK members to get first hand information on our club and programs, and see Sarah Kadis, ACA Safety, Education and Instruction Coordinator, to grab some ACA materials or to hear about what’s new with the ACA!
Super storm Sandy certainly left it’s mark on Long Island. Perhaps one of the most significant changes was the re-opening of the “Old Inlet” area of Fire Island. The ocean now flows freely into and out of Bellport Bay with each tide cycle. Last fall, a short time after the storm, a couple of NACK kayakers visited the area to get a first hand look at the inlet. It’s just a short 2 mile paddle from the boat launch at Smith Point Park. The force of nature was clearly apparent where the ocean had reclaimed it’s access to Great South Bay.
The inlet is located about a mile west of the Smith Point Bridge. Historically there have been many inlets on the south shore of the island. Some have opened and closed by natural processes while others have altered by outside elements. While two other breaches of Fire Island in built-up areas were quickly closed this inlet, in the wilderness area of Fire Island National Seashore, remains open.
Controversy surrounds the inlet with many calling for it to be closed to protect South Shore Bay communities from rising tides. Scientists at the Stony Brook University’s “The Great South Bay Project”, who are closely monitoring the bay, have countered these arguments with scientific evidence that this is not the case. In fact they have observed significant water quality improvements in the bay. You can check out their report on the Impact on Great South Bay of the Breach at Old Inlet. Citizens for a Safe and Healthy Bay has started an online petition to stop the closing of the Fire Island breach at Old Inlet.