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Forest City Park Pond, Wantagh

Forest City Park Pond is one of Nassau County's lesser known bass-sunfish ponds. Shoreline access is limited, and steep drop offs make wading a challenge, but patient anglers could be rewarded with some decent largemouth bass catches.

Physical Features:

Area: 6 acres
Shoreline Length: 2,350 feet
Maximum depth: 29 feet
Town: Hempstead


Access is through Forest City Community Park (Town of Hempstead).

Shoreline access only (boats are prohibited)

Forest City Park Pond is located just west of the Wantagh State Parkway, north of Jerusalem Avenue, and south of the Southern State Parkway.

Fish Species:

Largemouth Bass
Brown Bullhead
American Eel
Largemouth Bass


The pond has a plentiful largemouth bass population dominated by fish less than 12 inches in length. The bass population is a slow growing, stunted population. Pumpkinseed sunfish are also plentiful, but also tend to be smaller, averaging under five inches in length. Other species are present, but in lower densities.


Special fishing regulations apply (leaving DEC website to official Fishing Regulations Guide vendor website)

Health Advice on Eating Fish You Catch:

Visit NYS Department of Health website (link leaves DEC's website) for health advice on eating fish you catch. Scroll to the bottom of the page for Long Island freshwater waterbodies.