Rockaway Inlet is bounded by Brooklyn to the north and Rockaway Peninsula to the south. It is the entrance to Jamaica Bay, and most of the inlet is within the boundary of Gateway National Recreation Area. Its entrance is marked by a light on a jetty extending southward from Rockaway Point. The entrance channel extends westward of the jetty and is marked by lighted buoys. It has a depth of about 15 feet midchannel with a shoal of only one foot. In 1968 a light failed and the tanker Mary A. Whalen ran aground, resulting in the case of UNITED STATES v. RELIABLE TRANSFER CO., INC. about dividing damage payments.
The inlet is spanned by the Marine Parkway–Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge.
- East Rockaway Inlet, separating the peninsula from Atlantic Beach
- UNITED STATES, Petitioner, v. RELIABLE TRANSFER CO., INC. Cornell University Legal Information Institute