Fishing at Gateway National Recreation Area

Lone fisherman on the beach

Please note that we are not selling permits at this time, but are honoring 2019 permits throughout the park.
2020 4 x 4 permits are sold out for the year.


Fishing/parking permits are parkwide permits and can be obtained in any unit of Gateway. You must present your vehicle registration and fishing pole for purchase of this permit. Fishing/parking permits are $50.

Breezy Point Tip Off Road Permits are a specialized fishing/parking permits necessary to access the sand road, sand lot and Breezy Point Tip in the Jamaica Bay Unit. These are available in limited numbers, and only at the Ryan Visitor Center. A 4-wheel drive vehicle is required. All-wheel drive vehicles are not recommended. The Off Road Permit is valid anywhere in the park where the fishing/parking permit is honored. Off Road Permits are $50.

The operator must present the following equipment at the time of purchase and carry each item at all times when driving off road at the Breezy Point Tip:

  • 7-foot (minimum) fishing pole
  • reel and tackle
  • shovel
  • tow chain or rope
  • jack
  • jack support board
  • tire pressure gauge
  • appropriate spare tire
  • trash container
  • portable toilet


Please note that between March 15 and September 15 there is no vehicle access to Breezy Point Tip. All vehicles must park at the sand lot during this time, which is piping plover season.

Fishing/parking permits are required at the following sites or the following times.

Sandy Hook Unit

Permits are required for after hours fishing. (April 1 - Oct. 31 9 pm - 5 am, Nov. 1 - March 31 8 pm - 5 am)

Staten Island Unit

  • Permits are required at all times to park in Crooke's Point (Great Kills Park)

  • Permits are required to park after hours in any Staten Island Unit. (9 pm - 5 am April 1- Oct. 31 and 8 pm - 5 am Nov. 1 - March 31).

Jamaica Bay Unit
Fishing/parking permits are required at the following Jamaica Bay Unit sites:

  • A permit is required for parking at Bay 3 Lot (Riis Park East) from 8:00 pm to 8:00 am Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day. A permit is required dawn to dusk other times.
  • A permit is required for parking at Shore Road Fisherman's Lot and Yacht Club Lot from dawn to dusk. A permit is required at all times from May 15 through Sept. 15.
  • A permit is required for parking at Shore Road East (formerly known as Adaptive Aquatics Parking Lot) from dusk to dawn year-round. From May 15 through Sept. 15 permit is required from 4 pm to 9 am. No vehicle access at other times.
  • A permit is required for parking at 222nd Street Fisherman's Lot from dusk to dawn Sept. 16 through March 14. A permit is required at all times from March 15 through Sept. 15.
  • A permit is required for parking at Floyd Bennett Field from dusk to dawn year-round, except to visit concessions in designated areas.


Last updated: June 26, 2020

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