After three decades of providing Long Islanders with memorable paddling experiences, Carmans River Adventures has announced the closure of its beloved kayak rental shop.
The owner, Brad DeSantis, made the news public on Sunday via a heartfelt message on social media.
“There has been many wonderful memories made at this location for myself and the residents who used the facility,” he wrote.
DeSantis said it was a “very difficult” decision to shut down, but said it was necessary since his family is moving down south. In his farewell message, he also mentioned there were other reasons for the closure that “made it very difficult to operate the shop,” but he didn’t elaborate on what they were. He’s hoping someone else will continue these services in the future.
“Let’s hope the Town of Brookhaven who purchased the site over 12 years ago will keep the site open for paddlers and residents to enjoy and make more memories,” he said.
Located at 2979 Montauk Highway, between Exits 57 and 58 on Sunrise Highway, Carmans River Adventures rented canoes, kayaks and stand-up paddleboards.
Among the highlights of their tenure were innovative offerings such as bird-watching tours, full moon paddles, and even a Haunted River Tour, showcasing the diverse experiences available on the Carmans River.
Additionally, Carmans River Adventures pioneered initiatives like Carmans River Adventure Day Camp, providing children with an immersive nature experience.
Read DeSantis’s full goodbye to the community below.
Top: Kayakers paddling down Carmans River. (Credit: Facebook/Carmans River Adventures)