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FACT SHEET-Jones Inlet, New York - Federal Navigation Channel

Maintenance of Infrastructure and Stewardship

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New York District
Published Dec. 20, 2023

DESCRIPTION: This navigation asset is located in the Town of Hempstead, Nassau County, NY, between the Atlantic Ocean and Hempstead Bay, extending from the outside of the east jetty to the Loop Causeway Bridge over Long Creek; and provides for a channel 12 feet deep and 250 feet wide, from deep water in the Atlantic Ocean to the Loop Causeway Bridge over Long Creek, and also for the east jetty. The total length of the channel is 2.3 miles.

AUTHORIZATION: Rivers and Harbors Act of 1945 (P.L. 79-14).

COMMERCE: In 2017 (most recent year of reporting), the annual commercial freight traffic for this this navigation asset was approximately 10,000 tons, and consisted of fuel oil. This asset supports U.S. Coast Guard Station Jones Beach, NY Search & Rescue (SAR) missions. The channel also supports numerous commercial marinas located on the bay side of the inlet.

BACKGROUND: The channel was last maintenance dredged by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in the Fall of 2022, when approximately 660,000 cubic yards (CY) of dredged sand was removed from the navigation channel, and beneficially used along the downdrift Atlantic Ocean shoreline, west of the inlet, at Point Lookout, NY.  Prior to that, this channel was maintenance dredged in Fiscal Year (FY) 2014, when approximately 665,000 CY of dredged was removed, and beneficially used in the same vicinity along the downdrift shoreline, west of the inlet.  During FY2014, an east jetty rehabilitation project was completed. 

STATUS: This navigation asset is currently in caretaker status.  Production of an annual hydrographic channel condition survey, and publication of a controlling depth report on the District’s website (https://www.nan.usace.army.mil/Missions/Navigation/Controlling-Depth-Reports/) is scheduled for FY2024. 


Alexander F. Gregory
Asset / Project Manager
P: (917) 790-8427

Email: alexander.f.gregory@usace.army.mil
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New York District
26 Federal Plaza
New York, NY 10278

District Area: NY #4