The pier is open 5am-2am of the following day. It is closed to visitors from 2am-5am and to vehicles from 2am-8am.
All restrooms at Canarsie Pier are wheelchair accessible. Handicapped parking is available.
Gateway NRA (NPS), 718-763-2202.
A park on Jamaica Bay in Brooklyn
Canarsie Pier—part of Gateway National Recreation Area—has been a hotspot for the fishing community for more than 300 years. Today, the pier is known to locals as a prime location to catch blue fish and fluke. Surrounded by protected shoreline and salt marshes, the beautiful natural backdrop is also an ideal spot for picnicking and outdoor recreation.
Canarsie Pier offers several recreational opportunities. There is a kayak launch from which many ranger-led Canarsie Pol paddle trips embark and the sheltered coast next to the pier offers a safe space for the park's summer kayak tryouts. Seasonal kite flying activities, youth group paddling, fishing and a summer concert series also take place. First-time fishers without equipment or experience can join in on scheduled ranger-led fishing demonstrations.
In the 19th century, Canarsie was a center for commercial fishing. By the early 1900's, the waterfront also became a popular recreation area with a yacht club, summer bungalows, and a floating bath house. The area was rumored to house some of the most raucous establishments in the city, filled with colorful characters. However, by 1920 urban pollution from the rapidly expanding population made the fish unfit for consumption. The City of New York built the 600-foot pier that exists today as a commercial dock, but the goal of turning Jamaica Bay into a seaport never reached fruition. The National Park Service took control of this site in 1973, and pollution management over the past three decades has improved the water quality of Jamaica Bay holistically.
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