[NYCkayaker] Liberty and Ellis Island Security Zones

Nancy Brous nbrous@gmail.com
Wed May 15 18:07:49 EDT 2013

the cans should be 150 yards away.  i got a ticket in 2002 for being too
<<(4) Liberty and Ellis Islands. All waters within 150 yards of Liberty
Island, Ellis Island, and the bridge between Liberty State Park and Ellis
Island.>>  (from
seems some of them are missing now, perhaps to replaced soon?  one appeared
2 weeks ago to be missing its cover - the white part that reads "security
zone" or whatever they say that differentiates these markers from other
aids to navigation - it was just the floating bit with no indication as to
what it was meant to indicate!
also, there is one between liberty and ellis that i am never sure which
side to pass - its sort of right in between the 2 islands.
we have been working for several seasons on convincing the authorities to
allow non-motorized vessels to pass under the bridge between ellis island
and NJ to provide a safe channel, but have been told this is a security

the area is VERY well trafficked and the water can get choppy even without
the wakes thrown by ferries and recreational and sightseeing boats.  its a
bad place to do a rescue so know your own skills and paddle with skilled
friends or guides.

On Wed, May 15, 2013 at 4:29 PM, Ray Fusco <Ray@rayfuscoinc.com> wrote:

> I believe the white cans around Liberty Island are 100 or 150 yards?
>  People remind me?
> ray
> On May 15, 2013, at 4:18 PM, stevepete64@aol.com wrote:
> Ray , what exactly are the boundaries ( Distances , Markers/Buoys ) for
> Kayaks/personal watercraft ? Is it they self explanatory ? I would like
> to paddle out there this summer . Thanks Stephen .
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Ray Fusco <Ray@rayfuscoinc.com>
> To: NYC Water Trail <nyc-water-trail@googlegroups.com>; nyckayaker post <
> nyckayaker@rockandwater.net>
> Sent: Wed, May 15, 2013 2:31 pm
> Subject: [NYCkayaker] SUP's and pfd's - citations issued
>  Hello everyone,
> I attended the Harbor Ops meeting today and learned a few SUP paddlers launching
> from LIberty State Park ended up on LIberty Island.  They were picked up and
> written a citation for breach of the security zone and for not having a PFD's.
> Please be diligent around security zones and for SUP paddlers - wear or at least
> bring your pfd.  SUP's have been recently classified as a vessel by USCG and you
> need a PFD on board.
> thanks,
> ray
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