Permits and Reservations Jamaica Bay issues permits for activities listed below. Additional permits from other agencies may be required for some actions. Permits are required for group campgrounds, community garden plots, archery, fishing area parking and picnicking. Call (718) 338-3799 for further information.
Fishing/parking permits are park wide 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 permits are $50.
2020 permits are available online only. Visit pay.gov to buy your permit. Permits cannot be picked up in person, they are being mailed only. Permits are $50 with a $5 handling fee. Please note, it may take more than two weeks for processing at this time. 2019 permits will be honored through Sept. 8, 2020.
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 thorough 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.
Archery permits are for use at the Floyd Bennett Field Archery Range. To obtain a permit you will be required to complete an application and provide valid identification in person at the Ryan Visitor Center. Archery permits are $75. The Archery Range is open Feb. 1 through Nov. 30.
Please note that as of March 17, 2020, until further notice, the archery range is closed.
Breezy Point Tip Off Road Permits
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
tow chain or rope
jack support board
tire pressure gauge
appropriate spare tire
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.