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Crab Meadow

Location: Huntington, NY

Anchor Site(s): Crab Meadow Wetlands and Beach and Eatons Neck Point

About the Sites: This Stewardship Area is made up of Crab Meadow Wetlands and Beach and Eatons Neck Point. Crab Meadow is owned by the Town of Huntington, and is bordered by undeveloped woodland, county parkland and a golf course to the south and east, seasonal homes along the barrier beach to the north, and low density residential development to the west. is designated by the Department of State as “Significant Coastal Fish and Wildlife Habitat” because it is one of a few large areas of undeveloped salt marsh ecosystem remaining on the North Shore of Long Island. Eatons Neck Point is private property is not open to the public.

Ecological Importance

  • Crab Meadow Wetlands and Beach is designated by the Department of State as a “Significant Coastal Fish and Wildlife Habitat” because it provides habitat for a variety of fish and wildlife species.
  • Crab Meadow contains one of the few large areas of undeveloped salt marsh (approx. 300 acres) on the North Shore of Long Island and is a productive area for finfish, shellfish, and crustaceans.
  • Crab Meadow Wetlands and Beach provides nesting and feeding habitat for piping plover and least tern and feeding grounds for herons, egrets, gulls, plovers, sandpipers, and northern harrier throughout much of the year.
  • The tidal creek channels at Crab Meadow serve as nursery and feeding
    areas for many species, and as conveyors of organic matter and nutrients from the marsh into the Sound.

Recreational Opportunities

  • Launch your boat at one of the many boat ramps in this Stewardship Area.
  • Visit Crab Meadow or one of the many beaches in this Stewardship Area, where you can swim, fish, play, or picnic.

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Places to Visit

  • Fuchs Pond Preserve is a popular spot for bird-watching. This preserve occupies over 20 acres of land and encompasses a variety of habitats.
  • Steers Beach is a small beachfront overlooking Northport Bay offering scenic views while relaxing or sunbathing.
  • Meadow Lark Park has a woodsy bike trail and is part of Veteran’s Park. It features dirt trails throughout the park allowing you to observe all of its scenic woodlands.
  • Woodbine Marina is operated by the Town of Huntington and features a launching ramp, water hook-up and more. Applications and information regarding a slip can be obtained at the Huntington Harbormasters Office.
  • Makamah Beach is known for its scenic sunset views. Activities include fishing, hiking and bird watching. The beach is a Town of Huntington beach located in Fort Salonga and requires a parking sticker during season.
  • Visit Eatons Neck Lighthouse, just east of Eatons Neck Point.

Get Involved/Events

Field Notes

  • Eatons Neck Point is private property is not open to the public.

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Did You Know?

  • Crab Meadow contains one of the few large areas of undeveloped salt marsh on the North Shore of Long Island.
  • Crab Meadow and the cove by Eatons Neck Point offer great opportunities to fish, boat, and swim.

Crab Meadow Wetlands and Beach

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