The East River, as the name suggests, borders the east side of the Island of Manhattan in New York City. The East River empties into New York Harbor at Dimond Reef and The Battery, which is located at the very southern tip of Manhattan. The East River is the home to the famous Brooklyn Bridge, South Street Seaport Museum and the four city boroughs that line its shore on both sides.
Use NOAA Chart 12335.
The first thing to consider when transiting the East River is currents. The velocity of the water increases greatly as you head north toward Hell Gate, and we advise that you only travel the river when the tide is in your favor. Secondly, you will find a large variety of ships (ferries, cargo ships, tugs and government boats) making their way to and from the west side of the river. Many of these vessels must abruptly reverse into the river and maintain speed to be able to navigate the current. They will not slow down for you.
Otherwise, transiting the East River is easy from a navigational standpoint, as staying in deep water merely means staying in the middle of the river. Three bridges cross the beginning of the East River in as many miles, but all are high clearance. Also keep in mind that marina facilities are fairly rare, and if you are looking for a place to stay in the New York area, there are several marina facilities on the Hudson River, both in New York City and Jersey City to the wes
Local Notices to Mariners are available online from the U.S. Coast Guard.