• Lush vegetation on the top of Spectacle Island's North drumlin dominates the foreground. Boston's skyline can be seen in the distance.  The park's logo with tag line minutes away, worlds apart empashises the stark contrast between the city and islands.

    Boston Harbor Islands

    National Recreation Area Massachusetts

Island Facts: Little Calf Island

A tiny bedrock outcrop was never inhabited by people, but is used for nesting gulls and cormorants.


 

Short History
This small barren island has no known history of human occupation.

 

General Information
This island of Boston Harbor Islands national park area is managed by Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR).

Agency Designation: Harbor Islands Reservation
Current Use: Park purposes
Harbor Location: Outer Harbor
Acreage:
Highest elevation: 20 feet
Longitude: 42° 20' 27.9" North
Latitude: 70° 53' 30.3" West
Miles from Long Wharf: 9.2

 
Visitor Facilities & Services
Little Brewster Island is open to private boaters but access is discouraged—there is no docking. Boaters must anchor off shore.
Hours:
Access discouraged
Piers/Docks:
No
Visitor season:
0
Boat slips:
0
Visitor staff:
No
Moorings:
0
Guided tours:
No
Park boats:
None
Lifeguards:
No
Car access:
No
Flush toilets:
No
Campsites:
0 (capacity ea: 0)
Composting toilets:
No
Group campsites:
0 (capacity ea: 0)
Picnic areas:
No
Camping capacity:
0
Refreshments:
No
Cooking grills:
0
Drinking water:
No
Walking trails:
No
On-island Circulation: Unimproved trails.

Visitor Cautions:
Birds are aggressive during nesting season: visitation is discouraged at nesting time.
 
Natural History Overview
Vegetation
None.

Wildlife
Survey in progress.

Geology
The island is a rock outcropping that rises to an elevation of approximately 20 feet.

Water Features
No constructed water features.

Views and Vistas
This barren island is visible from most points in the outer harbor. From the island there are views to surrounding outer harbor islands and inner harbor islands in the distance.
 
Structures
Buildings
  • None
Fortifications
  • None
Other Structures
  • None

Did You Know?

Bembidion nigrpiceum

Scientists have recently identified a beach-dwelling ground beetle at Boston Harbor Islands that has not been seen in North America for over 100 years. It is believed the beetle, Bembmidion nigropiceum, was brought to Boston from Europe in the 1800s via ship ballasts.