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Cross River Reservoir


Cross River Reservoir

Cross River Reservoir located just east of Katonah is one of the areas best trout waters. This NYC reservoir is stocked annually with over 6,000 brown trout. It is common for anglers to catch brown trout weighing over 5 pounds. Anglers have success targeting browns trolling spoons or using sawbellies. The largemouth and smallmouth bass also reach an impressive size; try using crankbaits and jigs along the shoreline to catch them.

Physical Features

Elevation: 331 feet
Shore Length: 12.4 miles
Surface Area: 915 acres
Maximum Depth: 120 feet
Mean Depth: 36 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)
Cross River Reservoir Contour Map PDF (220 KB)

Fish Species Present

Smallmouth Bass, Largemouth Bass, Brown Trout, Chain Pickerel, Carp and Panfish.