May 28, 2021
Add your photos to help us monitor aquatic invasive species at this site! Forge Pond boat ramp and kayak launch. This is a great area for recreational fishing and boating along the Peconic river in Calverton, NY. The river is home to many fish species (largemouth bass, yellow perch, pumpkinseeds, bluegill, etc.) The NYSDEC is currently monitoring the aquatic invasive plant species in this area. Of major concern is the perennial plant, water primrose (Ludwigia peploides). These are the plants that you can see growing in islands of green across the bank later in the summer they grow bright yellow flowers with 5 petals. Another aggressive invasive plant at this site is European frogbit (Hydrocharis morsus-ranae). These plants look like little lily pads but instead of a pizza slice shaped cut in the leaf, these have a rounded almost heart-shaped appearance. In the summer you may see their small white flowers with 3 petals. To help us prevent the spread of these species elsewhere on long island or the rest of the state please remember to clean, drain, and dry your boat between each time you use it!