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Nissequogue River, Caleb Smith, and Sunken Meadow State Parks
The Nissequogue River is home to one of the largest coastal wetlands on the North Shore of Long Island. The Stewardship Area is comprised of Caleb Smith State Park, Nissequogue River State Park, and Sunken Meadow State Park, all of which are part of the Nissequogue River watershed. The river runs for nine miles from the freshwater Hauppauge Springs to Smithtown Bay in Long Island Sound. Comprised of open meadows, wooded hillsides, tidal mudflats, bluffs, and both salt and freshwater marshes, this area supports habitat which sustains a wide variety of flora and fauna. The Nissequogue River, the largest tributary to the Sound in New York, has been designated as a “Scenic and Recreational River” by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. This Stewardship Area is also designated as “Significant Coastal Fish and Wildlife Habitat” by US Fish and Wildlife Service. Caleb Smith State Park is one of only two state nature preserves on Long Island, acting as a passive use park for visitors to enjoy peace and quiet while still protecting local plant and wildlife populations. The Nissequogue River watershed is an environmental asset to Long Island, and also provides great recreational opportunities for both the sea-fairing and land-dwelling alike.
Watch the video to learn how SuperStorm Sandy helped to create new saltwater habitat at Sunken Meadow State Park.