Camping at Boston Harbor Islands National and State Park is currently suspended due to insufficient restroom facilities. DCR is working to upgrade and reinstall these facilities, but until that time, camping will remain suspended for the remainder of the season for the safety of visitors and protection of island resources. Updates will be added to this website (www.bostonharborislands.org) as they become available. Questions can be emailed to [email protected]
Experience the islands of Boston Harbor in an entirely new light by enjoying a camping adventure with friends or family.
From mid-June to September, visitors may embark on an overnight camping trip to one of the 33 campsites at Bumpkin, Grape, Lovells, or Peddocks Islands.
Due to the high demand of these destinations, we strongly recommend you reserve your campsite through Reserve America to ensure your location is available. Reservations may be made six months to a day in advance once the season’s ferry schedules are released. Walk-in campers are also welcome and may inquire about available sites by calling: 617-223-8666
Campsites are accessible by the interisland park ferry or by private boat. Catch the interisland ferry from Hingham (overnight parking is free for campers in Hingham Shipyard) or change ferries at Georges Island if traveling from downtown Boston.
Island campground facilities on Bumpkin, Grape, Lovells, and Peddocks Islands include individual rustic tent sites that accommodate up to 4 adults or 2 adults and their dependent children, as well as group tent sites that accommodate up to 30 people.
Yurt campgrounds are also available on Peddocks Island. Yurts accommodate up to 6 people and feature bunk beds and electricity.
All campsites feature composting toilets and picnic tables. Grills and shade shelters are available within close walking distance of most sites.
Resident staff live on the Island during the visiting season and provide Island supervision, emergency communication, park and campground management
Getting to Your Campground
- Lovells, Grape, and Bumpkin and Peddocks Islands are are all accessible by the inter-island park ferry. Refer to the summer ferry schedule to plan your trip.
- Free parking passes from the Hingham Gateway are available when purchasing your ticket at the ticket center
- Campers traveling from downtown Boston can transfer ferries at Georges Island
- Private boaters can drop off and pick up at island floats, but must anchor offshore if staying overnight. Camping Islands have a one-person dinghy for boater access to the island.
- Check in to your campsite from 1pm-7pm. Check out by 11am.
What to Bring
- Campsite cooking is allowed with camp stoves. All campsites have charcoal grills nearby.
- Please remember all cooking supplies, including charcoal.
- Campers going to Grape, Bumpkin, and Lovells Islands should bring at least one gallon of drinking water per person for each day on-island. Only Peddocks, Georges, and Spectacle Islands have access to fresh water.
- Bring a trash bag – you will need to pack out any trash you create.
- Sunscreen and insect repellent are recommended. Take personal precautions to protect against mosquito and tick-borne illnesses
- There are NO trash receptacles, showers, electricity, supply stores, running water, or telephones at any tent sites on Grape, Bumpkin, Peddocks, and Lovells Islands.
- There is no running water on Bumpkin, Grape, or Lovells Islands.
- Campers must provide their own camping gear, including tents
- Pack lightly and efficiently. Campers must carry their own camping supplies from the ferry to their site. Garden carts may be available near the ferry dock.
- Flush toilets and fresh water are available on Peddocks Island. Electricity is only available to Peddocks Island yurt campers.
- Due to the islands’ remoteness and sensitive park resources, pets, fireworks, alcoholic beverages, and amplified sound are prohibited at island campgrounds.
- Campfires are not allowed at campsites or anywhere above the high tide line. Beach campfires must be below the high tide line, and must be under three feet wide. No outside firewood is permitted. Campers may gather naturally fallen wood near campsites and beaches.
- All islands have a carry-in, carry-out policy. Campers must carry off everything brought to the islands — including trash.
- See general rules at Reserve America under “Boston Harbor Islands”