Ferry service is currently running between Boston and Spectacle Island.  Click here for schedule and ticketing.

Some park access has changed due to current health regulations around COVID-19:

Georges, Peddocks, Lovells, Grape, and Bumpkin Islands are accessible by recreational vessel only.

Camping and reservations for the Boston Harbor Islands are suspended for the duration of the 2020 season.

Worlds End is now open by advance reservation only.

Thompson Island is closed to the public until further notice.

Most DCR park areas and facilities are now open.  Click here to learn more about how to safely enjoy time outside.

Lovells Island

Secluded beaches and abandoned fortifications will give you plenty to explore for a day trip or overnight visit.

The sprawling bright, blue Atlantic Ocean rises and falls along the beaches of Lovells Island. Granted to Charlestown during the colonial period for timber harvesting and fishing, Lovells Island is the site of many shipwrecks, including a French warship. The island was also considered as a proposed location for the Statue of Liberty.

Take a hike along the rocky coastline, discover the wonder of tidepools, or embark on a camping trip to enjoy the sounds of the harbor at night. Explore the foundations of Fort Standish and the old gun batteries and bunkers. Visitors can go for a swim and take in some of the most spectacular views of the outer harbor including Boston Light, sunrise over the Atlantic, or sunset over the Boston city skyline.

Lovells Island Grape Picnicking Amenities


  • Composting Toilets
  • Tent Campground
  • Charcoal Grills
  • Picnic Areas
  • Paved Footpaths
  • Beaches
Lovells Island Camping

Recreation & Activities

  • Camping
  • Swimming (unsupervised)
  • Hiking
  • Tidepooling
  • Bird Watching
Park Rangers

Know Before You Go

Bring your own food and water – there is no food service or water source on the island. Areas of the fort should be approached with caution. Remember to carry out all trash.


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