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Forest City Park Pond, Wantagh

Physical Features:

Elevation: 40 feet
Area: 6 acres
Shoreline Length: 0.68 miles
Maximum depth: 29 feet
Town: Hempstead


Access is through Forest City Community Park controlled by the Town of Hempstead.

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

Restrictions: Boats are prohibited, but shoreline access is available.

Fish Species:

Largemouth Bass, Bluegill , Pumpkinseed, Carp, Brown Bullhead , American Eel


Forest City Park Pond has a plentiful bass population dominated by bass 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.