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Freeport Reservoir, Freeport/Merrick

Freeport Reservoir has a good bass population that is not fished too hard compared to other Nassau County waters.

Physical Features:

Area: 18 acres
Shoreline Length: 1.31 miles
Maximum depth: 11 feet (Merrick side), 5 feet (Freeport side)
Town: Hempstead


While there is no official access point, the land surrounding the east pond is New York State parkland while the pond bottom itself is owned by Nassau County.

Directions: Freeport Reservoir is located on either side of the Meadowbrook Parkway in the Village of Freeport and hamlet of Merrick. Access to this particular water body is somewhat difficult.

On the Freeport side, access the pond via dirt paths off Lakeview Road. On the Merrick side, access the pond via openings in the fence off Babylon Turnpike.

Fish Species:

Largemouth Bass
Black Crappie
Brown Bullhead
American Eel


Most of the fish are less than 12 inches, but there are good numbers of 12 to 15-inch fish present. The introduction of bluegills reduced the size of the pumpkinseed population, but both are plentiful enough to provide fast action for those that target them. Black Crappie provide a good spring time fishery. Large carp are reported to be caught every year from the reservoir.


Special fishing regulations apply.

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.