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Lower Twin Pond, Wantagh

Physical Features:

Elevation: 10 feet
Shoreline Length: 0.50 miles
Area: 10 acres
Maximum depth: 5 feet
Town: Hempstead


Access is through a Town of Hempstead Preserve.

Directions: Lower Twin Pond is located immediately west of the Wantagh State Parkway just north of Sunrise Highway. Take the Wantagh State Parkway south to Exit W5 (Sunrise Highway) west. At the first traffic light make a right onto Old Mill Road. Go past one stop sign and make a right onto Park Avenue. Park on the south side of the road. Lower Twin Pond is south of Park Avenue.

Restrictions: Boats are prohibited, but shoreline access is available.

Fish Species:

Largemouth Bass
Chain Pickerel
Black Crappie
Brown Bullhead
American Eel


Lower Twin Pond is well known as a great chain pickerel fishing spot in Nassau County. Some fish are reported over 24 inches long. This is also a good place to target largemouth bass. During the most recent survey of Lower Twin Pond in 2014, the catch rate of Largemouth bass above 15 inches was more than 10 fish per hour. Anglers can also enjoy a plentiful sunfish population if the bass and pickerel are not biting. This pond has dense aquatic plant life in the summer, so be prepared for weeds when you fish it. Lower Twin Pond also holds one catch and release angler achievement award for a largemouth bass measuring over 20 inches long.


Special regulations apply. See the Freshwater Fishing Regulation Guide (PDF).

Health Advice on Eating Fish You Catch:

Visit NYS Department of Health website (link leaves DEC's website) for health advice on eating fish you catch. Scroll to the bottom of the page for Long Island freshwater waterbodies.