Bodies of Water

Conservatory Water

"Boats on the Water" by CJay

Inspired by the model boat ponds of late 19th century Paris, Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux created a place where children and adults alike could experience the pleasure of boating. Read more



"The Reservoir" by lharkin05

Officially named the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir in 1994, the Reservoir is located between 86th and 96th and covers one eight of the park's surface. Read more


Turtle Pond

"Turtle Pond" by Deniz22

Turtle Pond is named in honor of the large number of turtles that reside there along with numerous species of birds, fish, frogs, and dragonflies. Read more


Waterfall in the Loch

"Waterfall In The Loch" by DezM

There are at least five waterfalls in Central Park and all are completely man-made. Most are located in the Ravine, the stream valley section of the North Woods. Read more


Situated below street level, visitors can temporarily ignore the noises of the urban world and take a calming stroll along the winding pathways bordering the water. Read more


Noted as a great spot for bird watching, the Loch was intended to be a larger lake at the time of its construction, but has, over time, reverted back into a stream. Read more


Rowing on the lake

"Summer Day on the Lake" by rl155

At 20 acres, the Lake is Central Park's largest body of water besides the Reservoir and offers a wide variety of activities and views to park visitors. Read more


Named after the Dutch word for "lake", the Meer is a large body of water located north of Conservatory Garden and east of the North Woods. Read more


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