Services & Amenities:
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.
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.
IMPORTANT: The United States Centers for Disease Control, DCR's MassParks and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health encourage everyone to be safe outdoors. Diseases associated with ticks and mosquitoes are growing threats in Massachusetts. When outdoors, please take necessary precautions as suggested by the Centers for Disease Control.
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.
To ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for all our campers: