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About Us


  • Community Boathouse – Vernam Barbadoes Preserve; Amstel Blvd., Far Rockaway, NY 11692

  • Gateway Boathouse – Riis Landing; 1 Rockaway Point Blvd, Rockway Beach, NY 11697 

  • Bay Breeze Park; Corner of Beach 88th St. and Beach Channel Drive, Rockaway Beach, NY 11693 (Site closed for renovations by NYC Parks Department)

Our Story

Free Jamaica Bay Kayaking in Rockaway Beach and Riis Landing!


The Gateway Bike & Boathouse was founded in 2008 as a 501(c)3, not-for-profit organization to provide free kayaking on Jamaica Bay.

We hope you find the time to visit one of our two boathouses and experience the natural beauty of the Bay while enjoying some fresh air and exercise.

Our fleet includes "single" and "double" sit-on-top kayaks, which are very stable. We also have stand-up paddle boards (SUPs), paddles and personal floatation devices (PFDs). Just bring a bathing suit, sunscreen, bottled water and a smile.

Try one of our many activities including “Open” paddling, guided marsh tours, sunset paddles, marsh clean-ups, plantings and ecological tours.  Consider increasing your fun even more while giving back to the community by joining our all-volunteer staff.  The best part of paddling is the people you meet!

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