Activities, ranger tours, and most programs are included with your ferry ticket.

Reel Fun Fishing Day at Deer Island

Join us for a day of fishing and fun at Deer Island!

Come to Deer Island to help celebrate two very special Boston Harbor Islands National & State Park anniversaries with a day of fishing and fun!

  • Learn how to fish for and identify striped bass and winter flounder with the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries (Rods and other supplies provided)
  • Meet National Park Service Rangers and be sworn in as an *official* Boston Harbor Islands Junior Ranger
  • Play games, color, and learn “what not to flush” from the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA)
  • Learn about Boston Harbor’s biodiversity and meet *real crabs* with Save the Harbor/Save the Bay
  • Enjoy a picnic with a view, either homemade or from a food truck on site
  • Explore the trails of Deer Island on your own
  • Discover other exciting Boston Harbor Islands Anniversary events coming this season!

DIRECTIONS & PARKING: It is highly recommended to take public transportation or carpool, as parking at Deer Island is extremely limited.

Ferry: There are 300 spots available for roundtrip ferry passage from to Deer Island. We recommend arriving to Rowes Wharf no later than 10:00am, as the ferry will depart promptly at 10:30am and will not wait for late passengers. The return ferry will depart Deer Island at 1:30pm with an estimated return to Rowes Wharf at 2:00pm.

Ticket prices are as follows:

  • Infants/Toddlers (0-3 years): Free
  • Kids (4-12 years): $3
  • Teens, Adults, & Seniors (13 and older): $5
  • Fun Pack (ferry passage for up to 4 guests, any age): $12
  • Groups of 10 or more: Contact for information on group rates.


Driving: Navigate to 190 Tafts Avenue, Winthrop, MA 02152, and follow parking signs to one of two small lots:

This program is presented by the National Park Service, Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries, Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA), Boston Harbor Now, and Save the Harbor/Save the Bay as part of the commemoration of the Boston Harbor Islands’ 25th anniversary as a National Park and 50th anniversary as a State Park.

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