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.
The island is closed
to the public each year from September 15 to June 1st.
Reservations for 2015 will open on May 18, 2015.
Trips begin on June 17 and run
through September 5,2015.(weather permitting)
Join us each Saturday morning at 8:00,8:45, 9:30,10:15 or 11AM returning
at 10:30, 11:15,12:00, 12:45 and 1:30 PM. Travel aboard the Thacher Island
launch for an exciting 20 minute ride out to this magnificent historical
Trips are also available on Wednesdays at 9:00, 9:45 and 10:30AM returning
at 11:30, 12:15 and 1:00 PM.
Reservations can be made by calling 617-599-2590 daily from 9AM
Each trip is limited to 6 passengers so we suggest you make reservations
as early as possible. Launch leaves from the Town dock (T-Wharf) next
to the Sandy Bay Yacht Club.Trips to the island are not recommended for
young children under 4 years of age, and because the island is a wild
life refuge, is off-limits to pets.
Donations are gratefully accepted.
Other ways to get there are by kayak (which you can rent in town) or by
your own boat. There is no dock on the island, only a ramp, which may
only be used by the Association's launch or kayaks.Distance from Rockport
Harbor is about 3 miles.The Association asks kayakers to use caution,
pay attention to weather conditions, turn back if you feel uncomfortable.
This is not a good paddle for novice kayakers or those with limited endurance.Unless
you are an experianced kayaker we do not recommend that you paddle out
to the island.Dont forget to bring money for the landing fee or
you will be turned away. Groups larger than 5 boats must call the keepers
in advance to state their expected arrival time and plan to be there before
closing at 5pm.
We make available 3 guest moorings adjacent to the ramp about 50 yards
offshore. You must call the keeper on the island in advance to tell him
you are coming at 508-284-0144. Bring along a dingy which you can land
on the ramp. Only small row boats (less than 6 feet) and kayaks are allowed
to land on the ramp.They must be taken up the ramp and stored behind the
boat house.Landing fees apply. Call the keeper before you leave to check
the weather and ramp conditions.
Rockport Harbor to Thacher Island
Bird Watching-Eco-Tours-Water Taxi
Because Capt.Lee moors 50 yards off the island he uses a dingy to ferry visitors ashore,passengers should have the physical dexterity to climb in and out of his vessel from the dingy.The return trip need not be on the same day, making the ocean Reporter a good way for campers to reach the island.
Captain Bill Lee
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.
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