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Iona Island Marsh, as well as one of the best birding spots in the Hudson Valley, has also been designated as a Registered Natural Landmark. It is one of the few remaining brackish water estuaries on the Hudson River.

Located just south of the Bear Mountain Bridge along Route 9W, past the Bear Mountain State Park Visitor Center, Iona Island Marsh is a quiet backwater, sleepily swaying in the summer breezes. Vast stands of cattails and other marsh reeds protect the fry of some of the most important game species of fish found in the Hudson. Kingfishers and cranes dive and stalk their prey through the reeds and . Puffy clouds lazily float across the bright blue sky with the Bear Mountain Bridge in the background to the north.

It's a pleasant and very short drive down the road, through the marsh, to the gates of the Iona Island Naval Station, now closed to the public. If you've a NY State Fishing License, bring your pole and your bait and spend a quiet and lazy summer afternoon. Or just come out and walk the road, watch the birds angling for a meal, the hawks gliding through the sky and the songbirds scurrying about raising their brood.

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