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.
Area: 10.46 acres
Maximum depth: 20 feet
Oakland Lake is located north and adjacent to Queensborough Community College in Queens.
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.
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.
For more information on these fish species, visit the page on Freshwater Fishes.
New York City Department of Parks and Recreation rules require the use of non-lead weights and barbless hooks.
Fisheries Survey Summary
|Waterbody||8" and over||12" and over||15" and over|
|Central Park Lake||18||15||9|
|Prospect Park Lake||53||53||13|
|Van Cortlandt Lake||47||19||6|