Permits are required to bring groups to the islands. The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) requires all groups visiting Georges, Spectacle, Peddocks, Lovells, Grape and Bumpkin Islands or Webb Memorial Park with more than 25 members to submit a Recreational Use Permit. There is no fee associated with the permit, but it is required for your visit.
Information you must identify in the permit includes the date of travel, contact information of the group leader, school name, number of participants and boat company used, departure times and island destination.
To obtain a use permit contact the Group Permit Coordinator with DCR at (781) 925-1032. Ask for the Recreational Use Permit specifically for Boston Harbor Islands.
If your expedition destination is Thompson Island, contact the Outward Bound staff at (617) 328-3900 ext. 116 to inquire about the necessary permits, including those if you intend to stay overnight.
Did You Know?
Boston Harbor Islands is one of 14 national park that has the word "islands" in the name. Other island parks include Channel Islands in California, Apostle Islands in Wisconsin, Governors Island in New York and Assateague Island in Maryland.