Gateway National Recreation Area is open. UPDATED September 7, 2023.
Hours of Operation
Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center: Open 10-4 Friday-Monday
The Sandy Hook campsite has closed for the season. The campground will reopen Spring 2024. Reservations are available ONLINE ONLY through Recreation.gov. Both the Brooklyn and Fort Wadsworth campsites remain closed at this time.
Lifeguards and Beaches:
LIfeguards are no longer on duty. Swimming is prohibited at all beach areas when lifeguards are not on duty.
Beach parking fees are collected at Jacob Riis Park and Sandy Hook between Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day. Parking is $20 per vehicle per day, or $100 per vehicle per season. Hours of collection are 8 am to 6 pm. Credit and debit cards or contactless payments will be accepted at both sites.
The sale of 2023 permits for Jamaica Bay fishing access, off-road vehicle access (Breezy Point, Queens), Great Kills Boat Ramp Parking (Staten Island), and archery (Floyd Bennett Field, Brooklyn) ended on May 15. There will be a fall sale period for Sandy Hook and Staten Island fishing permits. More information can be found here.
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 federal buildings in Gateway National Recreation Area. All units of Gateway National Recreation Area are at Low COVID-19 Community Level as identified by the CDC.
Masks remain required on all forms of public transit that operate within parks, including buses, trains, and boats/ferries, and in indoor transportation hubs.
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.
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 7, 2023