With nearly 29,000 acres of parkland to enjoy, it’s easy to forget that New York City is surrounded by water. And if you’re looking to escape the bustle of the city for a few hours in the outdoors, there’s no better way to do it than to GO FISH!
Our city’s over 500 miles of shoreline and its inland lakes and rivers offer a world of opportunities to participate in the fun, adventure, and excitement of fresh- and saltwater sport fishing.
Each borough boasts it own unique fishing spots. Veteran anglers have their favorite “holes,” the locations of which are often closely held secrets. Old timers who have fished off City piers since they were kids are always willing to share stories ripe with local color and history. From piers and beaches, to lakes and rivers, New York City’s waters challenge and welcome both the salt- and freshwater angler.
NOTE: The Central Park Reservoir is closed to fishing.
|Harlem Meer||East side from 106th to 110th Street||2 or 3 Train to 110th Street/Central Park. Walk south into park|
|Central Park Lake||Mid-Park from 71st to 78th Streets||B or C train to 72nd Street Station. Walk east into park.|
|Central Park Pond||Central Park South between Fifth and Sixth Avenues||N, R or W train to 5th Avenue Station. Walk northwest into park.|
By observing the following regulations when fishing in waters under the jurisdiction of the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, you will help preserve our marine resources for future generations to enjoy. For state and federal regulations of which you should be aware, please visit the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation website.
(The following is an excerpt from Section §1-05 Regulated Uses of the RuleSELECT * FROM wifi_Locationss & Regulations of the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation.)
- Fishing shall be permitted from locations under the jurisdiction of the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, except in open swimming areas or where specifically prohibited.
Any person who engages in fishing shall obey all posted guidelines and comply with all applicable City, State, and Federal laws and regulations, including Title 6 of the New York State Environmental Conservation Law.
- The use of lead fishing weights in waters under the jurisdiction of the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation shall be a violation of these rules.
- Failure to remove fishing line fragments and hooks from land and waters under the jurisdiction of the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation shall be a violation of these rules.
- All fish caught in freshwater areas shall be immediately released. The use of barbed hooks in such areas shall be a violation of these rules.
- The use of traps to catch fish and/or crustaceans in areas under the jurisdiction of the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation shall be a violation of these rules.
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Know Before You Go
There are currently 3 service interruptions affecting access within this park.
Raccoons in Central Park have tested positive for canine distemper virus. Although the virus cannot be transmitted to humans, it may be transmitted to dogs. Keep your pets safe in the park.
Please avoid wildlife and make sure your pets have up-to-date distemper and rabies vaccines. Keep your pet on a leash, especially during dawn and dusk.
Please call 311 or notify an on-site Parks employee if you see a sick or injured animal.
If you are bitten, wash the wound with soap and water immediately. Call your doctor to see if you need tetanus or rabies shots, and call 311 to report the bite.
The Health Department will continue to monitor this condition.
Anticipated Completion: Summer 2018
Belvedere Castle Visitor Center
Beginning Monday, February 26, Belvedere Castle will be closed for restoration. The castle will reopen to the public in 2019. To reach our Urban Park Rangers at Central Park, please call (212) 360-1444.
Beginning Monday, February 26, Belvedere Castle will be closed for restoration. The surrounding plaza and terrace remain open, but will also close in the coming weeks. The Belvedere will reopen to the public in 2019. For more information on the restoration of Belvedere Castle, please visit Central Park Conservancy's website.
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