- Open for recreation: Year-round
- Fee: Free
- Contact Information:
- DEC Region 2 Long Island City Office: (718) 482-4900 (M-F 8:45AM - 4:45PM); firstname.lastname@example.org
- Emergency, Law Enforcement & Rangers: (518) 408-5850 or 911
- Location: Southern Staten Island, Richmond County
- Map: View the Bloesser's Pond Map || View same map in PDF (2 MB) || Google Earth || State Lands Interactive Mapper
Bloesser's Pond is a 4-acre freshwater pond located within a larger 14-acre wetland complex in the Lemon Creek watershed in Southern Staten Island, Richmond County. Activities include walking, bird watching, nature viewing, and photography.
General information on animals includes links to information about birds, mammals, fish, reptiles, amphibians and insects that inhabit or migrate through the state.
A hardwood forest surrounds the pond and provides habitat for native plants, wildflowers, and many small mammals.
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 can be seen. Several wetland cover types including deciduous swamp, emergent marsh, shrub swamp, and wet meadow allow for an abundant variety of amphibians and reptiles.
Bloesser's Pond can be accessed from Woodvale Avenue, however, there is no designated parking at this time. Parking is available along the shoulder of Woodvale Avenue. Bloesser's Pond is located at 40.518483°N, 74.208404°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.
For your safety and protection of the resource, the following regulations are in place:
- All State Forests are Carry in Carry Out facilities.
- Unauthorized cutting of live trees or new trail building is prohibited.
- No hunting is allowed on any Region 2 NYS DEC property.
- Fishing is allowed in compliance with State regulations.
- No camping is allowed.
- Keep pets under control and on leash while other forest users are around.
- Unauthorized use of off-road motorized vehicles is prohibited. This includes cars, trucks, ATVs, and motorcycles.
How We Manage Bloesser's Pond
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 email@example.com.
Nearby State Lands, Facilities, Amenities & Other Information
State Lands & Facilities
- Arden Heights Woods
- Clay Pit Ponds State Park (leaves DEC website)
- Goethals Pond Complex
- Pouch Camp Conservation Easement
- Todt Hill Woodlands
- Lemon Creek
- Mount Loretto Unique Area
- North Mount Loretto State Forest
- Oakwood Beach
- Old Place Creek
- Saint Francis Woodlands
- Sawmill Creek Wetland
- Zuckermann Natural Resource Area
Staten Island Tourism (leaves DEC website) can provide information about other recreation, attractions and amenities in this area.
Numerous guide books and maps are available with information on the lands, waters, trails and other recreational facilities in this area. These can be purchased at most outdoor equipment retailers, bookstores, and on-line booksellers.
Additional information, outdoor equipment, trip suggestions and guided or self-guided tours may be obtained from outdoor guide and outfitting businesses. Check area chambers of commerce, telephone directories or search the internet for listings.
Consider hiring an outdoor guide if you have little experience or woodland skills. See the NYS Outdoor Guides Association (leaves DEC website) for information on outdoor guides.
More about Bloesser's Pond:
- Bloesser's Pond Map - A map for Bloesser's Pond.