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Oakland Lake

A spring fed glacial kettle pond, Oakland Lake is one of the few natural lakes within the 5 boroughs of New York City. At a maximum depth of 20 feet, it is a bit deeper than most of the other lakes in the city. It is part of Alley Pond Park in northeast Queens. Bass are numerous, and many large specimens were caught during a recent survey. Pickerel and large sunfish are also plentiful.

Physical Features

Area: 10.46 acres
Maximum depth: 20 feet


Oakland Lake is located north and adjacent to Queensborough Community College in Queens.

Public Transportation

Take a train or bus to Time Sq 42nd St, Manhattan. Take a 7 train to the last stop, Flushing- Main St. Exit and walk down Roosevelt Ave between Main St and Union St and transfer to the N20-21 bus. Exit at Northern Blvd, Flushing. Walk south on 223rd St to the lake.

Fishing Information

To catch a good-sized largemouth bass, try a soft plastic bait like a plastic worm, Texas or wacky rigged. In summer try reaction baits such as topwater lures, crankbaits, jerk baits, spinnerbaits, or swimbaits- these will work for pickerel as well. Bluegill, pumpkinseed and bullhead can be caught using a bobber and live worms. Remember to tamp down all barbs on hooks as New York City regulations require the use of barbless hooks.

Species Present

For more information on these fish species, visit the page on Freshwater Fishes.

American eel
Black crappie
Brown bullhead
Chain pickerel
Largemouth bass

Special Regulations

Special regulations apply.

New York City Department of Parks and Recreation rules require the use of non-lead weights and barbless hooks.

Fisheries Survey Summary

Largemouth Bass Catch/Hour for Eight New York Water Bodies (table updated 2013)
Waterbody 8" and over 12" and over 15" and over
Baisley Pond 23 19 10
Central Park Lake 18 15 9
Harlem Meer 177 34 7
Indian Lake 20 20 1
Kissena Lake 23 12 4
Oakland Lake 18 8 5
Prospect Park Lake 87 21 11
Van Cortlandt Lake 109 19 6
Willowbrook Lake 110 57 3