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 or check 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.
By the Thacher Island Launch - Map here
The island is closed to the public each year from September 15 to June 1st.
Trips begin on June 18 through September 3, 2016.(weather permitting).
Travel aboard the Thacher Island launch for an exciting 20 minute ride out to this magnificent historical island.
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.Food and drinks are not available on the island.
Island Closing Times
Island closes everyday at 5pm.No one should land on the island after that time.The North tower is closed and locked each day at 4pm.Campers must arrive before 5pm.