ISLAND PARK BEACH
DIRECTIONS: (Island Park, Nassau County)
Take the Southern State Pkwy to Exit 20 South (Grand Ave).
Stay on Grand to Sunrise Hwy. and turn right. Go west on
Sunrise to Long Beach Rd then turn left. Stay on Long Beach Rd
south into Island Park. Take right fork and stay on Long Beach
Rd. Go one block past Parma and make a right.
Parking is private and can be a problem at this site. Although
parking is possible, many times the gates to
this little beach are locked. Access to this site is best by
town beach, located on Hog Island Channel, is great for those
who use underwater metal detectors to hunt for coins and
jewelry. The beach is only
accessible during the off-season when the beach is closed to
swimmers. The beach starts
out very shallow but then drops off quickly to around 20 feet.
In season, swim
races with lanes are set up between the main pier and a
floating dock to the south. It is here that we have found a
variety of brass whistles, old
brass beach tags and
several gold rings. Please note that the bottom is a little
silty but for an experienced diver with a metal
detector the current usually
away silt and makes target location possible.
Image Above: By using a metal detector the
author recovered this gold ring and
assortment of brass beach tags. Note that each year the tags have a
different size and shape. Photo by Dan Berg
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