Bloesser's Pond is a delightful 4-acre freshwater pond located within a larger 14-acre wetland complex in the Lemon Creek watershed found in Southern Staten Island, Richmond County. Its serene attributes lend themselves wonderfully to many residents and visitors seeking solace from their busy days. Activities such as walking, bird watching, nature viewing, and photography are all highly enjoyable from the shore of this scenic pool.
Despite the rapid urbanization of the New York area, Bloesser's Pond has always remained a resplendent natural area in the midst of a growing city. Today, Bloesser's Pond encompasses a portion of the New York City Department of Environmental Protection's (NYC DEP) Blue- Belt program and continues to stand as a powerful testimony to the increasing importance of conserving natural areas despite rapidly growing population demands. It provides diverse ecological, economic, and recreational services for many area residents each year.
Although this unit may seem small in comparison to some of the other properties, Bloesser's Pond is certainly a site worth seeing and provides unusually beautiful views despite being located within such a highly developed area. Surrounding and seemingly protecting the pond, is a tall and lush hardwood forest that provides excellent habitat for native plants, wildflowers, and many small mammals.
The keen-eyed observer will spot a wonderful collection of birds, including many types of warblers such as the black-throated blue warbler and cerulean warbler, as well as the American bittern and Least bittern. Contributing further to the incredibly diverse habitat are several wetland cover types including, deciduous swamp, emergent marsh, shrub swamp, and wet meadow, each allowing for an abundant variety of amphibians and reptiles to flourish.
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Bloesser's Pond can be accessed from Woodvale Avenue, however, there is no designated parking at this time. Instead, parking is available along the shoulder of Woodvale Avenue.
Region 2 Regulations
For your safety and protection of the resource, the following regulations are in place:
- 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 ATVs.
- No hunting on any Region 2 properties.
- Fishing is allowed in compliance with State regulations
- No camping.
State Forest Office (M-F 8 am- 4 pm): 718- 482- 4942
More about Bloesser's Pond:
- Bloesser's Pond Map - A map for Bloesser's Pond.