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Lemon Creek

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A picture of Lemon Creek

Lemon Creek, located within Richmond County, Staten Island, encompasses 41.8 acres of diverse tidal wetlands. Connected to Raritan Bay on the South Shore via a municipal park, there are many opportunities for the recreational enthusiast to enjoy family-based activities such as bird watching, nature viewing, canoeing during high tide, and photography. Hiking may also be enjoyed on designated trails from the entrance located on Oswald Place.

Featured Activities

Hiking

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General information on hiking includes how-to and safety tips and links to rules & regulations

Off of Oswald Place on the northern edge of Lemon Creek, a short footpath leads to a point overlooking the property and to several other short trails. Additionally, off Bayview Avenue between two residential houses there is a path that provides access to the creek.

Paddling

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General information on paddling includes how-to and safety tips and links to rules & regulations

Lemon Creek is open to paddling. It is only possible to paddle in Lemon Creek at high tide.

Wildlife

The mix of hardwood forest, meadow, creek and wetland provides habitat for a variety of birds and small mammals.

***Stay Safe- Bring A Friend When Out On The Trails***

Directions:

Lemon Creek can be accessed from Hylan Boulevard Bridge, Bayview Avenue, and Oswald Place. In addition, the eastern edge can be reached from Direnzo Court off Seguine Avenue. While there are no formal designated parking areas, access to this property may be easily gained from parking along the shoulder of the roads.

  • Bayview Ave Trailhead (40.518684°N, 74.203982°W) Google Maps (leaves DEC website)
  • Oswald Place Trailhead (40.523233°N, 74.202830°W) Google Maps (leaves DEC website)

Rules, Regulations and Outdoor Safety

Practice Leave No Trace principles (leaves DEC website) when recreating on state land to enjoy the outdoors responsibly, minimize impact on the natural resources and avoid conflicts with other users.

All users of Lemon Creek must follow all State Land Use Regulations and should follow all Outdoor Safety Practices for the safety of the user and protection of the resource.

For your safety and protection of the resource, the following regulations are in place:

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  • All State Properties are Carry in Carry Out facilities.
  • Unauthorized cutting of live trees or new trail building is prohibited.
  • Keep pets under control and on leash while other forest users are around.
  • Unauthorized use of motor vehicles is prohibited. This includes cars, trucks, motorcycles and ATV's.
  • No hunting on any Region 2 properties.
  • Fishing is allowed in compliance with State regulations.
  • No camping.

How We Manage Lemon Creek

DEC manages these lands in accordance with the management activities described in the Southern Staten Island Unit Management Plan. In addition to management objectives, the UMP contains detailed information on natural features, recreational infrastructure, geology, natural & human history, habitats, wildlife, fisheries and much more.

If you have questions and/or comments about this UMP, please email us at r2.ump@dec.ny.gov.

The portion of the Lemon Creek property adjacent to Bayview Avenue was originally utilized by its owners as a salt marsh and a grazing ground for horses. However, the southern tract of the unit was also highly prized for its access to flourishing shellfish beds. After the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation purchased the southernmost section of the area that borders Hylan Boulevard Bridge, the Department of Environmental Conservation acquired the remainder of the property on the northern side of the bridge in 1979 in order to provide a larger area dedicated for conservation and the public's enjoyment. Since that time, new culverts and soil stabilizing riprap have been constructed along Bayview Avenue in cooperation with the NYC Department of Environmental Protection's Bluebelt program. Today, the area provides New York residents and visitors with the relief of a fresh open space to balance out an often-times chaotic urban life.A view of Lemon Creek from between fall foliage

Nearby State Lands, Facilities, Amenities & Other Information

State Lands & Facilities

Staten Island Tourism (leaves DEC website) can provide information about other recreation, attractions and amenities in this area.


More about Lemon Creek:

  • Lemon Creek Map - Lemon Creek, located within Richmond County, Staten Island, encompasses 41.8 acres of wonderfully diverse tidal wetlands.