How will COVID-19 affect my visit

Gateway National Recreation Area is open, but there are some changes in operations- UPDATED June 15, 2021.

New Mask Requirements

Individuals over the age of two years who are not yet fully vaccinated, must wear masks, except when actively eating or drinking, in the following locations:

1. All common areas and shared workspaces in buildings owned, rented or leased by the National Park Service,
including, but not limited to, park visitor centers, administrative offices, lodges, gift shops and restaurants.
2. The following outdoor areas, when others are present, where the superintendent has determined that physical
distancing (staying at least six feet apart) cannot reasonably be maintained:

• All outdoor areas adjacent to visitor centers
• All parking lots and common areas in campgrounds
• All crowded trails, viewpoints, and other areas of interest
• All covered structures that attract crowds such a memorials and open-air pavilions

Masks must cover the nose and mouth and fit snugly around the nose and chin with no large gaps around the sides of the
face. Masks not designed to be protective, masks with ventilation valves, and face shields do not meet the requirement.

Campground Updates

Sandy Hook Camping Returns in Summer 2021


The Sandy Hook campground will open on May 28, in time for the Memorial Day weekend and the start of the summer season. The campground will be open through October 11.

Campsite reservations are available through www.recreation.gov. The campground will operate with a reduced capacity for safety considerations and some campsites will be unavailable this season.

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Floyd Bennett Field and Fort Wadsworth Campgrounds remain temporarily closed.

Please continue to check our website for status updates.

Permit Updates:

Parking/After Hours Access for Fishing/2 Wheel Drive (SAHO, JABA, STIS)

Gateway National Recreation Area has suspended the on-line sale of the Two-Wheel Drive Fishing Access Permits due to the high volume of permit applications the park has received. The sale and issuance of the permits will resume in mid-September, in time for the fall fishing season.

The permit allows for fishing access after-hours and to park in designated areas during regular hours of operation. The activity of fishing is not dependent on the permit. Visitors can continue to park and to fish in other designated locations throughout the park.

If you are going to Gateway’s beaches during the day and not fishing, please park within the Sandy Hook, Great Kills Park, and Jacob Riis Park Beach Parking Lots.

Staten Island Unit Great Kills Park Boat Launch Permit

The Great Kills Park Boat Launch is currently available for use. Starting May 1 a Valid 2021 Boat Launch Permit will be required to use the Boat Launch and adjacent Boat Launch Parking Area. Our Ranger Stations remain temporarily closed, however, we are available to answer your questions by phone, Tuesday through Saturday, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at (718) 354-7122.

Boat Ramp Permits sales have finished for the 2021 season.

Please Remember:

  • A boat launch permit is required to park within the boat launch parking area.

  • A boat trailer must be attached to your vehicle within the boat launch parking area.

  • Boat launch parking is limited to 24 hours per visit .

  • Commercial activity is prohibited.

  • Personal watercraft, such as jet-skis, kayaks, canoes or any other personal watercraft are prohibited at the Great Kills Park Boat Launch.

Off-Road Vehicle Permits (Jamaica Bay Unit, Breezy Point Tip)


Off-road permits sales have finished for the season. Off-road permits went on sale on April 1. Permits were issued between April 18 and April 24.

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

Spring Season 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) 338-3799 or the Staten Island Permit Office (718) 354-7122 for updated information for sports league permits. Spring Sports League permits valid for Spring Season only.

Archery Permits Floyd Bennett Field

The Floyd Bennett Field Archery field should open in early summer. Permits will only be available through phone call, e-mail, or appointment.

Please contact the Jamaica Bay Unit, Permit Office (718) 338-3799 for updated information.

Sports Fields and Courts:

Basketball and tennis courts have reopened throughout the park Participants should continue to wear face coverings, follow social distancing protocols and avoid participating in high-contact games such as pick-up basketball.

Playgrounds are open throughout the park.

Permits (other than sports):

Permits for most events and activities are not currently being issued.

Visitor Centers, Ranger Stations and History Houses are closed until further notice. Limited on-site programs have resumed. Please visit the event calendar for more information. Reservations are required for all ranger programs at this time.

Hours of Operation


Sandy Hook: 6 am to 8 pm
Canarsie Pier and Jacob Riis Park: 6 am to 10 pm
All Other Jamaica Bay Sites: 6 am to 9 p.m
Staten Island Unit: 6 am to 9 pm

Last updated: June 15, 2021

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

210 New York Avenue
Staten Island, NY 10305

Phone:

(718) 354-4606

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