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Dering Harbor Cruising Guide

Dering Harbor may not be the largest harbor located on Shelter Island, but it is by far the busiest.  Located directly across from Greenport on Long Island's North Fork, Dering Harbor is also the home of several restaurants and shopping stores. This Harbor is well protected in the summer from the prevailing southwesterly breezes, but is quite exposed to the strong winds from the north.  The coast line is decorated with some of the most beautiful homes and mansions on the island.  Once inside the harbor there are several marinas to assist you with your stay  that offer dockage and moorings.  You will find that this harbor is very "boater friendly" and gaining access to the harbor is very straightforward.

Here are some local regulations you will need to know while in Dering Harbor:

  • Pumping out in the harbor is illegal and punishable by law. Please check with the marine services in Dering Harbor to find out where to get pumped out. Help keep our harbor clean.

  • Shell fishing is illegal without a permit. For information on obtaining a permit from the town of Shelter Island CLICK HERE.


Dering Harbor also offers plenty of things for the family to do and explore. Kayaks, Shopping, exploring Greenport and biking is just the beginning.  See Our Things to Do Page for more information.

There are also several nice places to eat nearby.  See our Restaurants Page to see what is nearby.



A view of Dering Harbor

A beautiful wooden boat in Dering Harbor

Sailing Dinghies from The Shelter Island Yacht Club







This page was last updated on 06/11/2005
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