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Boston Harbor Islands SP, MA

The Boston Harbor Islands offers primitive service camping within sight of downtown Boston on 4 different islands - Peddocks, Bumpkin, Grape and Lovells. While you are camping, you can see the sunrise over the harbor and experience the islands in a whole new light. This rustic camping...

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Alcoholic beverages are prohibited in all Massachusetts State Parks and Campgrounds.

The reservation must be in the name of the primary occupant.

To insure fairness for all MA customers, any reservation with departure dates outside the 6-month Maximum Window cannot be changed or canceled until 18 days after the reservation was made.

If you choose to cancel or change your reservation, a $10 fee will be charged. The reservation transaction charge is non-refundable.

Cancellations made on the day of arrival must be made by contacting the campground and will result in the loss of the first night's camping use fee plus the $10 cancellation fee. Fees will be deducted from any refunds due or will be added to future reservations. Refunds of $5 or less cannot be processed. If you leave early, please notify ranger.

If you are unable to arrive on your scheduled date, you must call the campground. Failure to contact the park by 8:00 A.M. the morning following your scheduled arrival date may result in your campsite being reassigned to another camper and forfeiture of all fees paid.

Help this state park by donating to the Conservation Trust.

Learn more about our volunteer host camping program.

To ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for all our campers:

  • Make arranagements for private boat or public ferry transportation to your island destination. For more information call 617-227-4321.
  • Reservations are not site specific on Grape, Lovells and Bumpkin. At check-in, the ranger will assign you a site/area. Fresh water is not available for showers or drinking. Campers should bring at least 1 gallon of drinking water per person per day.
  • The yurt and tent sites on Peddocks Island are site specific and can be reserved in advance. Peddocks camping area offers potable water for drinking, but no showers.
  • Open fires are not allowed above high tide line. Manufactured fuel burning cook stoves are allowed at camp and picnic sites.
  • Alcoholic beverages, firearms, fireworks, and pets are not allowed on the Boston Harbor Islands.
  • There are no trash receptacles in the park. All visitors and campers must carry out what they carry in.
  • Yurts are canvas sided, cabin-like structures that can accommodate 4 to 6 people. Yurts are not heated and are rented during the main season only. Yurt reservations are limited to a four night maximum per stay.
  • Yurts offer bunk beds, chairs and tables, and access to water and electricity. Linens and eating utensils are not provided.
  • Respect the 14-day camping limit. To ensure that many campers enjoy our parks, campers and camping equipment are limited to 14 cumulative days occupancy in any one park between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Violators of the 14-day limit may be asked to leave the park.
  • Don't overcrowd your campsite. Please limit site occupancy to four people or 2 adults and their dependent children. Please limit site equipment to two tents.
  • Check-in time is 1:00 P.M.; Check-out time is 11:00 A.M.
  • Quiet hours are 10:00 P.M. to 7:00 A.M.
  • Please do not feed wild animals.

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Bumpkin Island GROUP CAMPING 25 0
Electric Hookup - no Full Hookup - no
Pets Allowed - no Near Water - no
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Nonspecific+ TENT ONLY 4 0
Electric Hookup - no Full Hookup - no
Pets Allowed - no Near Water - no
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Grape Island GROUP CAMPING 25 0
Electric Hookup - no Full Hookup - no
Pets Allowed - no Near Water - no
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Nonspecific+ TENT ONLY 4 0
Electric Hookup - no Full Hookup - no
Pets Allowed - no Near Water - no
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Lovells Island GROUP CAMPING 30 0
Electric Hookup - no Full Hookup - no
Pets Allowed - no Near Water - no
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Nonspecific+ TENT ONLY 4 0
Electric Hookup - no Full Hookup - no
Pets Allowed - no Near Water - no
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Peddocks Island TENT ONLY 4
Electric Hookup - no Full Hookup - no
Pets Allowed - no Near Water
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Peddocks Island TENT ONLY 4
Electric Hookup - no Full Hookup - no
Pets Allowed - no Near Water
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Peddocks Island TENT ONLY 4
Electric Hookup - no Full Hookup - no
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Peddocks Island TENT ONLY 4
Electric Hookup - no Full Hookup - no
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Peddocks Island TENT ONLY 4
Electric Hookup - no Full Hookup - no
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Peddocks Island TENT ONLY 4
Electric Hookup - no Full Hookup - no
Pets Allowed - no Near Water
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Peddocks Island GROUP CAMPING 30 0
Electric Hookup - no Full Hookup - no
Pets Allowed - no Near Water - no
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Peddocks Island YURT 6
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Peddocks Island YURT 6 Accessible
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Peddocks Island YURT 6 Accessible
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Footnotes: (applicable only where specifically marked above)
+When you reserve one of these sites, it will not be a site specific reservation. You will be assigned a site when you arrive at the campground.
** Arrival dates earlier than the online-reservation-window may also be available at the campground.
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Overview

Description

The Boston Harbor Islands offers primitive service camping within sight of downtown Boston on 4 different islands - Peddocks, Bumpkin, Grape and Lovells. While you are camping, you can see the sunrise over the harbor and experience the islands in a whole new light. This rustic camping adventure offers a unique experience and may also require additional planning. On the islands there are composting toilets only, no showers, no supplies and access to fresh water is only available on Peddocks Island. Campers must bring one gallon of water per person per day. Please plan to carry it all in and carry it all out.

The camping season generally runs from the end of June through Labor Day weekend. Reservations are required and can be made through ReserveAmerica. Individual campsites accomodate 4 adults or 2 adults and their dependent children and group sites are available for larger parties. One night reservations are accepted.

Island access is by private boat or ferry service only. Please see additional details about the ferry service below.

Resident staff live on the island during the visiting season and provide island supervision, park and campground management as well as offer island tours and educational programs.

New: Peddocks Island campground offers newly constructed yurts and campsites!

IMPORTANT: MA State Parks prohibits the transportation of firewood into or out of MA State Park Campground facilities. Firewood from annual maintenance and clearing is available on islands. Small campfires are only allowed at or below the high tide line. Transportation of firewood into or out of MA State Park Campground facilities may result in eviction, or substantial fine, or both.

Facilities:

Camping on the Boston Harbor Islands can only be accessed by boat. Public ferries travel to Grape, Bumpkin, Lovells, Peddocks, Spectacle and Georges Islands during the summer season. Passenger ferries are located at Long Wharf North in Boston, the Fore River Shipyard in Quincy, and the Hingham Shipyard in Hingham. For a ferry schedule and to purchase tickets please visit Boston Harbor Cruises or call 617-227-4321.

Booking Window
Wed Sep 17 2014 - Mon Mar 16 2015

Reservations must be made 1 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 6 Month(s) in advance.

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Services and Amenities
Within Facility
  • Boating (Motorized)
  • Boating (Non-Motorized)
  • Composting Toilets
  • Concessions (Georges and Spectacle)
  • Fishing
  • Group Day-Use
  • Handicap Access
  • Hiking
  • Historic Site
  • Interpretive Programs
  • Island Manager Site
  • Kayaking
  • Marina (Spectacle)
  • Picnicking
  • Pier
  • Scenic Overlook
  • Scenic Viewing Area
  • Swimming (at own risk)
  • Visitors Center
  • Visitors Center (Georges and Spectacle)
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Furnace Brook Golf Club

Furnace Brook Golf Club is a 9 hole semi-private club in Wollaston Massachusetts. We have a fun and active membership and for 2008 we have 30 tournaments planned - 19 men's event and 11 women's events. In addition to the tournaments we have weekly men's and women's leagues and other various club functions including our annual cancer fundraiser. For 18 holes the par 70 course measures roughly 5700 yards from the back tees and the course rating from those tees is 69.
74 Summitt Ave, Wollaston, MA, 02170
617-472-8466
Distance*: 10.41 miles
*All Distances shown are as-the-crow-flies (measured as a straight line between two points). See Driving Directions for approximate driving distances.
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Getting There

Spectacle, Georges, Grape, Bumpkin, Lovells and Peddocks Islands can only be accessed by boat. Passenger ferries are located at Long Wharf North, the Fore River Shipyard in Quincy and the Hingham Shipyard in Hingham. Free parking is available in Hingham upon check-in where visitors will receive a placard for display in their vehicles. Please arrive at least 30 minutes prior to ferry departure to register for the free parking placard, and to transfer camping gear to the ferry. For directions to the ferries, schedules and to purchase ferry tickets, please visit: Boston Harbor Cruises or call 617-227-4321.

Private boaters may off-load passengers and equipment at the dock but must anchor off island, out of the channel fairway. Secure anchoring is the sole responsibility of the boat operator. A dinghy is available at the pier for access to anchored vessels.

Private Boaters use USCG chart #13270.

For additional park information please go to www.bostonharborislands.org or call 617-223-8666.


Campground Phone Number:
781-740-1605 x 205 or 617-223-8666

To receive an Official Transportation Map of Massachusetts call MA Highway Dept. at 617-973-7800 or MA Office of Travel and Tourism at 800-227-MASS. On the web: www.state.ma.us/mhd or www.mass-vacation.com

Contact Information

Mailing Address:

Boston Harbor Islands SP
30 Shipyard Drive
HINGHAM  MA  02043

Phone Number:

Information:  781-740-1605 x 205
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