Wading River Marsh Preserve
Wading River, Riverhead, Suffolk County, Long Island, NY


Take the Long Island Expressway and get off at exit 68 for the William Floyd Parkway (County Road 46) north to its end at NY 25A and turn right (east); drive 0.75 of a mile and turn left onto Randall Road; take it to its end at North County Road and turn right; drive 0.1 of a mile to the center of Wading River village; turn left at the stop sign onto Sound Avenue; drive 0.3 of a mile and turn left into a private drive; drive 100 yards to the parking area on the right.


Here the local Indians harvested quahogs and periwinkles from the shellfish flats.

1671 -- founding of community of Wading River. The name is probably English of the Indian Pauquaconsuk, meaning "the river where we wade for thick, round-shelled clams." Some of the early settlers tried unsuccessfully to rename their community Westholde.

World War II -- Wading River was the base of an FBI counter-intelligence operation that sent false information to Germany.

(Cynthia Blair, Newsday Names of Long Island; http://www.newsday.com/features/custom/names)


salt marsh (one of the few on the North Shore of Long Island); freshwater creek


Acer rubrum (red maple)
Carya sp. (hickory)
Nyssa sylvatica (tupelo)
Quercus spp. (oak)

Parthenocissus quinquefolia (Virginia creeper)
Smilax sp. (greenbrier)
Solanum dulcamara (bittersweet nightshade)
Toxicodendron radicans (poison ivy)

Lysimachia terrestris (swamp candle)
Symplocarpus foetidus (skunk cabbage)
Thalictrum pubescens (tall meadow rue)

Distichlis spicata (spike grass)
Phragmites australis (giant reed grass)
Spartina alterniflora (salt marsh hay cordgrass)
Spartina patens (salt meadow cordgrass)

Athyrium filix-femina (lady fern)
Onoclea sensibilis (sensitive fern)
Osmunda cinnamomea (cinnamon fern)
Osmunda regalis (royal fern)
Thelypteris palustris (marsh fern)