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Massapequa Lake

Physical Features:

Elevation: 14 feet
Area: 40 acres
Shoreline Length: 1.43 miles
Maximum depth: 5 feet
Town: Oyster Bay


Nassau County Park

Directions: Massapequa Lake is located in the Massapequa Preserve just north of Merrick Road. Take Merrick Road a few blocks east of Route 107. The lake will be on the north side of Merrick Road.

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

Fish Species:

Largemouth Bass, Chain Pickerel, Bluegill, Pumpkinseed, Black Crappie, White Perch, Carp, Brown Bullhead, American Eel


Massapequa Lake, also called Caroons Lake, is filled with patches of spatterdock (an aquatic plant) that are all but impossible to fish through. The spatterdock edges provide the best place to catch fish in the lake. The bass population has improved since the no-kill black bass fishing regulation went into effect in 1998. Bass anglers can do well with bass averaging between 12 and 15 inches. Panfish can be caught, but not in as high numbers as other locations in Nassau County. Large carp are present in the lake, with many fish reported over 10 pounds each year, including a few that have been reported over 20 pounds


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.