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Old 09-15-2010
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Cedar Point and Northwest Harbor are pretty places to visit. There is a lot of parkland along the shores of Northwest Harbor and Cedar Point is a State Park. Soundbounder is correct that if you anchor off of Cedar Point you will likely have the whole place to yourself with a few miles of nice swimming beach on the Gardiner's Bay side. You could anchor on either side (N or S) of the Cedar Point peninsula depending on the wind conditions. Another consideration here is the tidal currents that flow around Shelter Island and in to the Peconic Bays. The current will not be as strong as say Hell Gate but could be a few knots at peak flow. The tidal range there is only about 3' unlike portions of the Sound.
Another spot to consider anchoring in Northwest Harbor is called Smith Cove just south of Shelter Island. Mashomac Preserve is the shoreline you would see from here.
If you can, check out Northwest Creek which is a beautiful little body of water with park land on both sides. I would not bring a keel boat in there as it is shallow but a dink or kayak would be perfect for exploring.
Sag Harbor is nearby for supplies and whatnot.
If you do go ashore around here check yourself for Deer Ticks afterward.
Enjoy.
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