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Clove Lake

Clove Lake, Staten Island

Originally a deep brook in a small valley, Clove Lake formed when a mill dam was installed in the early 19th century. Today Clove Lake is one of three smaller lakes connected by a shallow brook. Most anglers go to Clove Lake, the largest of the three, but all three are accessible by anglers. A DEC survey revealed that Clove Lake literally teems with brown bullheads, although a few bass can also be found.

Physical Features:

Area: 10.22 acres


Clove Lake is stretched along Clove Rd between Forest Ave and Victory Blvd in Staten Island. Shoreline access is limited due to vegetation, but there are spots dotting the perimeter. Fishing is allowed in all three lakes.

From Manhattan

Take a train to South Ferry Terminal in Manhattan. Take the Staten Island Ferry to Staten Island and transfer to bus S61, S62, or S66. Exit Clove Rd in Staten Island and walk north to Park Dr.

From Brooklyn

Take a R train to Bay Ridge 86th St. Exit the subway and head toward 4th Ave between 86th St and 87th St in Bay Ridge. Take bus S53 or S95 toward Staten Island. Exit Clove Rd or Park Drive at Clove Rd. Walk on Clove Rd to Park Dr.

Fish Species:

Bluegill, brown bullhead, golden shiner, largemouth bass, pumpkinseed and common carp. For more information on these fish species, visit the page on Freshwater Fishes.


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, jerkbaits, spinnerbaits, or swimbaits. 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.


Special regulations apply. See Special Fishing Regulations for NYC.

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

Fisheries Survey and Technical Brief:

A fall 2020 boat electrofishing survey of Clove Lake captured one largemouth bass. Brown bullhead catfish were captured in extremely high numbers with golden shiner the second highest-caught fish. Seven carp and no American eels were observed during the survey. Full findings can be found in the Clove Lake Technical Brief (PDF).