Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge (Gateway National Recreation Area)

Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge (Gateway National...

40.616784, -73.82502

A very large wildlife refuge -- 18,000 acres -- primarily for migratory birds that is entirely within NYC limits, spanning Brooklyn and Queens.

Part of the Gateway National Recreation Area, the refuge encompasses open bay and islands, fresh and saltwater ponds, fields, woods and marsh. It is an important stop for migratory birds on the Atlantic Flyway. The region currently hosts over 325 species of birds, 50 species of butterflies and 100 species of fish.


Park Acreage:

9155.00 acres


New York City

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Contact Information

Web Link:

National Park Service -Gateway National Recreation Area


(718) 338-3799



Dogs in park:

No dogs

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December 11, 2012
Hurricane Sandy Impact

Click for official information concerning what is closed and what is open at Gateway National Recreation Area.

Also see "Gateway Recreation Area, Most of It Still Closed After Storm, Faces Long Recovery," New York Times, December 11, 2012 (p. A28).

Phil McLewin
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