Entering the Harbor...
On the outside for the
harbor, lots of traffic normally comes from the
vessels leave huge wakes until they enter the
breakwater. Try to stay clear of these
large boats while entering the harbor.
Entering the harbor, the
deepest part of the channel will be on your
We entered the harbor mid morning at low
tide on the Rosborough holding depths of 10-12
feet. The tide is swift leaving the harbor,
moving at 3-4.5 knots.
This is not a place to dilly dally. Use
adequate power to keep headway, particularly if
you are in a sailboat.
As you enter the harbor,
the first landmark you will see the is the US
Coast Guard Montauk station dead ahead. The
Coast Guard Station is located on Star Island,
which separates the west harbor from the
entrance to Lake Montauk.
To the starboard side will
be Gossman’s Dock. The western shore of
Montauk Harbor is congested and busy part.
Gossman’s is a commercial dock with a
restaurant, many shops.
Further down on the western
shore there is the town dock, which is used
exclusively for fishing vessels.
Many of the fishing boats, resemble the
“Andrea Gail “ from the famed movie Perfect Storm. The West Basin contains many commercial charter fishing
vessels, and recreation vessels.
As you leave the basin
proper and continue down the west channel, One
marina runs into the next along this very
West Lake and Snug Harbor are at the foot
of the channel and the large Star Island Marina
is on the east side.
The channel to Lake Montauk
is clearly marked, but very narrow in
areas. See our Hazards section for
information on these shoals.
This is the most difficult part of the
Depths in the channel after
this point range from 5-7 feet at low tide.
West of buoy 9 , there is a small
anchorage immediately ahead to the West. Make a generous turn passing the end for Star Island.
You will find a small gunk hole with
depths between 5-7 ft. at low tide. You will see
the town landing to the west and the back of
Snug Harbor Marina and the causeway to star
Island to your north. See
our Anchorage page for details.
Continuing south, make sure
you stay inside the channel until you reach can
13 and nun 14.
Once past nun 14 you are in relatively
deep water (7 ft, at mean low).
On the east side for the harbor you will
see an charming turret building and marina.
This is the Montauk Lake Club and Marina,
a private facility.
The do have some transient space when
regulars are out of their slips.
Please call ahead to find out if there is
space available. See our Marinas Page for contact
info. Deep water is on the east and north side of the dock.
Wait for dockmaster’s directions.