Visiting Thacher Island
Thacher Island is located about a mile offshore of Rockport, Massachusetts. Rockport is a small seacoast town about 40 miles north of Boston. It can be reached via Rt. 128 north. Although the island may be viewed from the shore from either Eden Road or Marmion Way the best way to view the island is by going there by becoming a member of the Thacher Island Association.
All persons over 14 will be charged a $5.00 landing fee. This fee will be waived for all who can show proof they are Rockport residents, paid up Thacher Island Association members, holders of National Park Service America the Beautiful passes, a valid Federal Duck Stamp or arriving aboard the Thacher Island launch. Landing fees will be payable in the form of cash, check or credit card to the keeper on duty in the boat house.
Seats aboard the Thacher Island Launch will cost $20.00 per adult and $10.00 for children under 14.
This fee will be waived for all Rockport residents and paid up Thacher Island Association members. Launch fees will be payable by credit card when making your reservations by calling 617-599-2590. The launch fee will be reimbursed if the trip is cancelled due to weather or rough seas. However, all passengers, including Rockport residents and paid up Thacher Island Association members will be required to pay a launch fee if they cancel their reservation less than one week prior to departure or are no-shows.
Reservations on the Thacher Island Launch -
Groups larger than 5 boats must call the keepers in advance to state their expected arrival time.Island closes to the public at 5pm.
Ocean Reporter Private Launch Service
There is meter free parking on Norwood and Atlantic Aves two streets up from T-Wharf. There is limited parking on T-Wharf for non-residents on the righthand side. The meters in and around downtown on Mt Pleasant St and Dock Square are 5 hours.
What to Bring
Water, sun screen, jacket,sandals not recommended for climbing the tower and walking the trails.