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.

By the Thacher Island Launch
Reservations for 2013 will open again on May 15, 2013.
Join us each Saturday morning at 8AM, 9AM or 10AM returning at 10:30, 11:30 and 12:30 begining on June 1, 2013 (weather permitting) aboard the Thacher Island II launch for an exciting 20 minute ride out to this magnificent historical island.
Trips are also available on Wednesdays at 9AM returning at 11:30.
You must make reservations at least two weeks in advance by calling 617-599-2590.
Seats are limited to 6 passengers. Launch leaves from the Town dock next to the Sandy Bay Yacht Club.
Donations are gratefully accepted.

By Kayak
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.


Your Boat
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. Unless you plan to swim in from your boat, bring a dingy which you can land on the ramp. Only small row boats and kayaks are allowed to land on the ramp.

Ocean Reporter Private Launch Service
Rockport Harbor to Thacher Island
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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.
Captain Bill Lee
Reasonable Rates