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Gateway National Recreation Area is open, but there are some changes in operations- UPDATED September 23, 2022.

Hours of Operation

Sandy Hook: 6 am to 9 pm
Canarsie Pier and Jacob Riis Park: 6 am to 10 pm
All Other Jamaica Bay Sites: 6 am to 9 pm
Staten Island Units: 6 am to 9 pm

Permit Updates:

Fishing Access Passes are on sale from 9/23/22 to 10/07/22. Permits are available online only through Please visit our 2022 fishing permit page for details about times and locations to pick up the fishing access permit decal. The sale of 2022 archery permits, fishing/parking access permits , and Great Kills Park Boat Ramp parking permits has ended for this year. They were on sale through April 30, 2022. 2022 off-road permits are sold out for the year.

Visitor Centers

The Fort Wadsworth, Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, and Sandy Hook Visitor Centers are open 10 am to 4 pm Friday- Monday.. The Sandy Hook Lighthouse is open for tours from 1 pm to 3:30 pm, Friday- Monday.
Ranger program are also available. Visit our event calendar for more information and to see if you need to make a reservation. Reservations are required for many ranger programs.


Dogs are prohibited on Jamaica Bay and Sandy Hook ocean beaches from from March 15 -September 15. Service dogs with proper identification are permitted. Dogs are prohibited at all times at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. Dogs must be on leashes at all times. More information can be found on our pets page.


Masks are optional in all Gateway buildings. The Jamaica Bay and Staten Island Units of Gateway National Recreation Area are at Low COVID-19 Community Level as identified by the CDC. The Sandy Hook Unit is in Medium COVID-19 Community level.

We will continue to use the CDC's COVID-19 community level tool, for decision making.

Masks remain required on all forms of public transit that operate within parks, including busses, trains, and boats/ferries, and in indoor transportation hubs.

Beach Parking Fees

There are no entrance fees for Gateway National Recreation Area. However, there is a charge for beach parking from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day at Jacob Riis Park in Queens, N.Y. and at Sandy Hook, N.J. Beach parking is $20 per day or $100 per season for both Riis Park and Sandy Hook. Credit cards are the preferred method of payment.


Lifeguards will not be on duty after Labor Day. Swimming is prohibited at all beach areas when lifeguards are not on duty.


Picnicking is allowed first come-first serve at Jacob Riis Park and Canarsie Pier. Barbecuing and open flames are only allowed in the designated picnic areas.
Permits for group picnicking are available for Fort Tilden and Miller Field.


The Sandy Hook campsite is open. Reservations can be made through No other campsites (Floyd Bennett Field or Fort Wadsworth) are open at this time. The Sandy Hook campsite is tent camping only.

Sports League Permits (Fort Tilden, Frank Charles Park, Miller Field)

Sports leagues permits for low and medium impact sports are now available. Permits are only available through phone call, e-mail, or appointment.

Please contact the Jamaica Bay Unit, Permit Office (718) 758-3675 or the Staten Island Permit Office (718) 354-7122 for updated information for sports league permits.

Last updated: September 23, 2022

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