Gateway Nra-Fishing Access Permit Pass

Gateway National Recreation Area

Fishing at Gateway National Recreational Area is a popular activity. The Fishing Access Permit provides after-hours and parking access for Fishing at designated locations in the Jamaica Bay Unit, Sandy Hook Unit, and Staten Island Unit of Gateway National Recreation Area.  

Select the primary location (Sandy Hook Unit, Staten Island Unit, Jamaica Bay Unit) where you plan to fish and review the parking locations where the pass is required in the Need to Know section described below.

The Fishing Access Permit is valid from time of purchase through 2/28/23.

The Fishing Access Permit is sold Online only. The Online sale period is from 3/1/22 through 4/30/22. The Fishing Access Permit purchase is non-refundable.

In order to receive your Fishing Access Vehicle Decal, bring a printed copy or digital version of your Recreation.gov purchase to the locations, dates, and times listed in the Need to Know Section.

The Fishing Access Vehicle Decal must be affixed to the vehicle associated with the Fishing Access Permit that was purchased. 

The Fishing Access Permit does not guarantee parking availability. For your safety, please remember that parking outside of designated areas is prohibited and visitors who park illegally may be fined and towed.

You must be actively fishing while using the Fishing Access Permit. The permits are not Beach Parking passes or for other recreational uses.  

Fishing Access Vehicle Decals are non-transferrable, not replaceable for any reason, and are void if altered or reproduced.

What is the Fishing Access Permit?

How do I purchase the Fishing Access Permit?

How long is the Fishing Access Permit valid?

How do I receive the Fishing Access Vehicle Decal?

Vehicle Decal Pickup - Jamaica Bay Unit, Ryan Visitor Center, Floyd Bennett Field:  

9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Friday, Saturday  

March 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, 26, 31  

April 1, 2, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 21 ,22, 23, 28, 29, 30 

May 5, 6, 7  

Vehicle Decal Pickup - Staten Island Unit, Ranger Station, Miller Field:

9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Friday, Saturday  

March 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, 26, 31  

April 1, 2, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 21 ,22, 23, 28, 29, 30  

May 5, 6, 7  

Vehicle Decal Pickup - Sandy Hook Unit, Park Entrance Building:

9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Friday, Saturday  

March 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, 26, 31  

April 1, 2, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 21 ,22, 23, 28, 29, 30  

May 5, 6, 7  

Where and when is the Fishing Access Permit required?

Sandy Hook Unit Fishing Access Permit - Locations for Parking and After-hours Access:

Required 8pm to 6am, Year-round:

Parking lots: B, C, D, E, F, G, I, J, K, M, and Bayside lots B, C, and L, and Guardian Park lot

Staten Island Unit Fishing Access Permit - Locations for Parking and After-hours Access:

Required all times:

Required 9pm to 6am, Year-round:

Jamaica Bay Unit Fishing Access Permit - Locations for Parking and After-hours Access:

Required all times:

Required 9pm to 6am, Year-round:

Required 9pm to 6am, Year-round and No Parking 6am-9pm 3/15-9/15:

What do I need to know about fishing in Gateway NRA?

AREAS CLOSED FOR FISHING: Dead Horse Bay- Floyd Bennett Field, Ranger Road- Floyd Bennett Field, Areas east of Marine Corps Reserve Center. At Sandy Hook, NJ Spermaceti Cove, and The Holly Forest shoreline. All Interior fresh water ponds, such as Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge East and West fresh water Pond.

Questions about the Fishing Access Permit?

Gateway National Recreation Area Public Affairs: 718-815-3650  

Sandy Hook Unit: 732-872-5916 or 732-872-5862

Staten Island Unit: 718-354-7122 or 718-351-6970

Jamaica Bay Unit: 718-758-3675