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McDonald Pond, Hempstead Lake State Park

McDonald Pond is a man-made pond located in Hempstead Lake State Park directly across from South Pond. It is completely surrounded by a bulkhead.

Physical Features:

Area: 1 acre
Maximum depth: 4 feet


New York State Park. The entire shoreline is accessible since the whole pond is bulk headed. Accessible parking is provided near the pond. Seasonal parking fees may apply. Call (516) 766-1029 or visit the New York State Parks website.

Directions: Take the Southern State Parkway to exit 18 off the Southern State Parkway. Make a right at the stop sign on the end of the exit ramp (coming from either the east or the west) to enter the park.

Restrictions: Boats are prohibited, but shoreline access is available. Park closed from dusk till dawn. Wading prohibited to protect clay liner.

Fish Species:

Naturally reproducing - Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Pumpkinseed, Brown Bullhead

Stocked - Brook Trout, Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout. All fish are stocked in the fall.


McDonald Pond is a great place to take kids to catch their first fish. The sunfish are plentiful, but use a size eight hook as they tend to be less than five inches long. The occasional large bass can be caught. Trout are stocked in late October as part of an annual Fall Fishing Festival and receive heavy angling pressure during the first four weeks after stocking. If you want to catch the trout, get in on the action early before anglers keep too many trout.


Special Fishing Regulations Apply

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.