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Meadow Lake

At 95 acres, Meadow Lake in Flushing Meadows Corona Park is the largest fishable freshwater body in New York City. Meadow connects to 45-acre Willow Lake, also open to fishing. Meadow Lake is tidally influenced through a connection to Flushing Bay via Flushing Creek and a network of culverts passable by fish. This connection has led to a high number of American eels and white perch in Meadow Lake, both of which are found in marine waters and can tolerate both fresh and saltwater. Other salt-tolerant species of fish found during DEC Fisheries surveys include Atlantic tomcod, gizzard shad, alewife and inland silverside.

Physical Features:

Elevation: 10 feet
Area: 95 acres
Shoreline Length: 2.7 miles
Depth: Approximately four feet throughout

Fish Species:

Alewife, American eel, Bluegill, Brown Bullhead, Common Carp, Goldfish, Gizzard Shad, Silverside, Largemouth Bass, Mummichog, Northern Snakehead, Pumpkinseed, White Mullet, White Perch


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

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

Anyone catching a northern snakehead MUST NOT RELEASE it. Anglers are required by law to kill any snakehead caught and report the catch to their local DEC Regional Fisheries Office. Call the NYC Regional Fisheries office at 718-482-4922 or send an email to report your catch.

Fisheries Survey and Technical Report:

The most recent report of DEC fisheries work at Meadow Lake is from 2017. Fish species captured and observed during that survey were American eel, common carp, silverside, gizzard shad, white perch, northern snakehead and goldfish.

Related reports:

Meadow Lake biologist reports webpage

Meadow Lake full biologist report - data through 2010 (PDF)

Northern Snakeheads in New York City - (PDF). 2016 article published in Northeastern Naturalist, 23(1): 11-24. The publisher, the Eagle Hill Institute, allows download of this article through the DEC website, however, any further distribution or reproduction, in whole or in part, except for personal research purposes, without written permission of the publisher, the Eagle Hill Institute, is prohibited.