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Willowbrook Lake

Panoramic view of Willowbrook Lake

A stone's throw from the heart of the famed Staten Island Greenbelt, Willowbrook Lake offers relaxed fishing in a tranquil setting. This shallow, foot-shaped lake offers a variety of shorelines, including weed beds, shallow slopes, fallen trees and small coves. Some larger bass may be found lurking in the brush! A nearby carousel and plenty of open space make this an excellent location to take that young first timer.

Physical Features:

Area: 4.89 acres
Shoreline Length: 0.43
Maximum depth: 4-5 feet


The park is located next to the College of Staten Island off of Victory Blvd and Richmond Ave in Staten Island.

From Manhattan

Take a train to South Ferry Terminal in Manhattan. Take the Staten Island Ferry to Staten Island and transfer to bus S62. Exit at Morani St in Staten Island and walk south on Morani St to the lake.

From Brooklyn

Take the R train to 85th St in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. Exit the subway and take bus S95 or S53 on 4th Ave between 86th St and 87th St toward Staten Island. Exit at Victory Blvd in Staten Island and transfer to the S62 bus on Victory Blvd going west. Exit Morani St in Staten Island. Walk south on Morani St to the lake.

Fish Species:

American eel, bluegill, brown bullhead, golden shiner, goldfish, pumpkinseed, largemouth bass 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, jerk baits, 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:

Data from a 2020 electrofishing survey indicated an unbalanced fish population exists in this lake. Largemouth bass catch rates were low although all bass captured were greater than twelve inches. Sunfish catch rates were high although none captured were greater than six inches. Common carp were high in number with more than sixty observed or captured in 22 minutes of electrofishing time. Full findings can be found in the Willowbrook Lake Technical Brief (PDF).

Largemouth Bass Catch/Hour for Ten New York City Water Bodies
Waterbody 8" and over 12" and over 15" and over year
100th Street Pool 50 37 0 2022
Baisley Pond 10 6 6 2021
Central Park Lake 9 5 0 2019
Harlem Meer 102 78 37 2021
Kissena Lake 55 20 4 2022
Oakland Lake 55 20 2 2021
Prospect Park Lake 51 19 1 2021
Van Cortlandt Lake 41 15 0 2021
Willowbrook Lake 17 17 8 2020
Wolfe's Pond 31 9 0 2021