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Camping Reservations

Campsite Season and Reservations 

The summer camping season, with nightly camping, begins on the next-to-last Friday in June and ends on the Sunday of Labor Day weekend. Camping reservations are required and sites can be reserved up to six months to one business day in advance online or by calling Reserve America toll-free. Campsites are designated as individual or group sites. One to four people fit comfortably in an individual campsite.  Individual campsite reservations at Lovells, Grape, and Bumpkin Island are not site-specific. Those who have reservations take each site on a first come first serve basis.  All tent and yurt sites at Peddocks Island, however, are site specific for reservations-you will occupy the specific numbered site you reserve.  

To ensure that many campers have the opportunity to enjoy the park, campers are limited to 14 cumulative days of occupancy.  Off season camping is available only by permit through the Massachusetts Dept. of Conservation and Recreation, Hingham park office at 781-740-1605 x205. Campers must provide their own water transportation for off-season camping.

Forgot to plan ahead? To receive a last minute camping reservation within 24 hours of desired visit on a week night (Sunday through Thursday only), call the Ranger line before going to the island. We will contact an on-island staff to see if a campsite is available. If there is space, you will be instructed to register at the island. All fees and service charges apply, payable by cash or check. 

Group Camping

Reservations are required for groups of 10 or more using a group campsite. There is one group site on each of the following islands: Grape (25 people max.), Bumpkin (25 people max.), Lovells (30 max) and Peddocks (30 people max.).

Fees and Service Charges

The camping fee for an individual campsite (1-4 people) is $6.00 per night MA resident, $8.00 per night non-MA resident; a group site is $25 per night for groups of up to 25 campers, with a $1/person per night fee for each camper over the 25th. All camping charges include a non-refundable reservation transaction service charge of $9.30 per campsite.  For example, here are the fees for a two-night camping trip during 2014 for a group of four, transported by park ferry (ferry fares are round-trip and include transfer to inter-island boats; rates are subject to change):

  • Family Four Pack Ferry Tickets: $43.00
    - two adults (ages 12 to 64)
    - two children (ages 4 to 11)
  • Camping Reservation Transaction Charge: $9.30
  • Individual Campsite (2 nights): $12.00 per party

TOTAL COSTS (2 nights): $64.30

The America the Beautiful Pass (National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass) may not be used on the Boston Harbor Islands.  Visitors are paying for boat passage, not an entry fee.  There is is no island entry fee at the Boston Harbor Islands.  

More

  • Visit Reserve America to reserve a campsite: ReserveAmerica.com
  • Call Reserve America to reserve a campsite: 877-422-6762
  • Call Ranger line to check last-minute weeknight availability or to plan your trip: 617-223-8666
  • Call DCR for off-season camping permits (no ferry service to camping islands): 781-740-1605 x 205
  • Go to more about traveling with a group: Bring A Group

Frequently Asked Questions

How many campers can fit in one campsite?

Each campsite will fit two 3 person tents.  Since three person tents are best with two people, One site will comfortably fit four campers.  We don't recommend more, unless children are among the campers.

How can I reserve the specific site I want?

Both tent and yurt sites on Peddocks Island are site-specific.  

Individual campsites on Grape, Bumpkin, and Lovells Island are not site-specific.  They are available first come first serve only to those campers with reservations for that night.  Once you arrive, the island staff will check you in at the dock, explain the camping regulations, and point out the campsite area(s).  Therefore, the earlier you arrive on the island, the more campsite choices you will have.    

Park Map

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Ferry Schedule

Ferry Schedule

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Camping

Camping islands and campgrounds at Boston Harbor Islands managed by Massachusetts Department of Conservation & Recreation