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The Roanoke Point Barges Shipwreck  New York and New Jersey's (Wreck Valley)
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ROANOKE POINT BARGES

DIRECTIONS:        (Reeves Park, Suffolk County)
     NOTE: A four -wheel-drive vehicle plus a beach permit will be necessary to get to these wrecks.
Take the Long Island Expressway into Riverhead - Exit 73 East. Take Old Country Road east and make a left at the traffic circle onto Roanoke Avenue.  Take Roanoke Avenue to Sound Avenue, and make a left.  Turn right on Park Road and take it to the end. The barges are about .6 miles down the beach to the west.

CONDITIONS:
There are actually two dive sites here.  Those without a four-wheel-drive vehicle can dive on the rocks at the end of Park Road.  The rest of us who have a four-wheel-drive vehicle, or who are willing to thumb a ride down the beach to the west, can dive a truly beautiful spot.  All of the wrecks here are self-propelled barges that ran aground during a winter storm.  To find the wrecks, use the two exposed barges on the beach as landmarks. From these barges, swim north for about 100 yards.

According to Instructor Charlie Orlowski, the depth of water is about 25 feet, and the lobstering is great.  The submerged barges with their large, steel, four-blade propellers make a nice background for underwater photographs.

If you have never been to the Barge Wrecks, or as they are also known, the Reeves Beach Barges, you should definitely put them high on your list of future beach dives.  These wrecks seem to be  an oasis in the middle of a barren desert.  Their presence serves as a fish haven, and all types of aquatic life have made their home in and around the Roanoke Point Barges.

 
 
   

 

 

 

 
 

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