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Muscoot Reservoir


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This long, narrow NYC Reservoir is mostly known for its warm water fishery but also has a good trout fishery. Muscoot gets stocked every spring with over 800 brown trout and 900 rainbow trout. Muscoot Reservoir is weedy with a lot of structure, including bridge abutments, old foundations, stonewalls, islands, and stream channels that create perfect bass and panfish habitat.

Physical Features

Elevation: 200 feet
Shore Length: 30.5 miles
Surface Area: 1,263 acres
Maximum Depth: 30 feet


Special fishing regulations apply (leaving DEC website to official Fishing Regulations Guide vendor website).


Access is provided by the New York City DEP. A free NYC DEP watershed access permit is required. Rowboats must be approved and registered by the NYC DEP. Contact the DEP at: or call 1-800-575- LAND (5263)

Fish Species Present

Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, Black Crappies, Yellow Perch, Brown Bullhead, Common Carp, Chain Pickerel and Sunfish.