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Mattituck’s Revamped Ramp

July 31, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

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Mattituck’s Revamped Ramp

The $1.8 million transformation of the former Petersen’s Marina in Mattituck is striking.  Purchased by the state in 2005, the site was a single launch ramp with tide and time restrictions. Now it’s a two-lane concrete boat ramp with wash down and pump out stations, and parking for approximately 60 vehicles.  The new facility, open 24/7, is initially staffed from 7:30 AM to 6:00 PM.  A launching area for paddlecraft is in the offing.

“It’s awesome,” commented Gisella Davey of Wading River.  “Because it is state run, it is for everyone.  Look how great it is!”

Davey’s daughter, Jillian Coster of Wading River, chimed in as she was helping her family trailer their boat, a 19’ Palm Beach: “Now our grandparents can come on the boat with us. You don’t have to get in the water to get on the boat here.  It’s so clean, there is no sand washing up on the ramp.  You can come out at any time of day.”

Because of its proximity to the mouth of the Long Island Sound, boaters using the “Mattituck Public Access Site” have a short ride in Mattituck Creek, while other nearby launch sites require a longer trip in a 5mph zone.   As for the size of boats the ramp can handle, Mike Hendry from Miller Place thinks the site is good for his 21’ Pro Line but perhaps not for boats 25’ and over.  “There’s not a lot of room to maneuver the trailer,” he said.  But that won’t deter him from coming back!

The DEC used all-native vegetation such as spartina grass, and made otherenvironmental improvements including removal of a rusted steel bulkhead and a sunken barge.  A permeable surface that resembles cobblestones will allow for drainage of rainwater before it seeps into the creek – an important part of keeping pollutants from draining directly into the water.

Story & Photos by Kara Jackson

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was born and raised on Long Island and spends as much time as possible in or near the water. She has written for magazines including Audubon and Parentguide News.

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