Group Permit Application

Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) requires that day visitors traveling in groups of 25 or over that will be engaged in common visitor activities obtain a Recreational Use Permit.   

Recreational Use Permit/Free Trip Application  
Use this online application only if the group will visit Georges, Spectacle, Peddocks, Bumpkin, or Grape islands and the activities do not require a Special Use Permit. Please remember to make your ferry reservations BEFORE applying for a permit and apply at least 2 weeks before the desired date of travel. Allow 7 business days for a response to your application. 

Non-profit groups may also use this application to apply for free ferry tickets. There is a limited supply available and free tickets are typically allocated very early in the calendar year. Applications are now being accepted for the 2015 season. 


  • Go to more about free tickets: Island-Pass
  • Go to more about permits: DCR Permits
  • Visit DCR for more about special permits: Special Permits
  • Email DCR to request a Recreational Use Permit for Webb Memorial State Park: Cheryl Desantis
  • Call Boston Harbor Cruises to purchase group ferry tickets: 617-227-4321