Island Facts: Middle Brewster Island
This rugged Island, once home to a colony of fishermen, now is a haven for wildlife.
Agency Designation: Harbor Islands Reservation
Visitor Facilities & Services
Access to Middle Brewster is discouraged. There is no docking—boaters must anchor off shore.
On-island Circulation: Unimproved trails.
Natural History Overview
The island is sparsely covered with small trees, sumac, and grasses. Further research is needed to determine whether cultivated plants remain from occupation during the nineteenth century.
Survey in progress.
Composed of rocky outcrops, the island rises to an elevation of 52 feet. Between Middle and Outer Brewster the channel is known as the "Flying Place" because of the intense wave action during northeast storms.
No constructed water features likely. A small freshwater marsh exists on the eastern side.
Views and Vistas
From the inner harbor, the island is obscured by Great Brewster and Calf Islands. On the island there are excellent views of the surrounding outer harbor islands, The Graves, and Hull, and partial views of the Boston skyline.
Did You Know?
On September 1, 1905, Elliot Hadley lit the most powerful light in Massachusetts at the top of Graves Lighthouse, now in Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area. The first-order Fresnel lens aided in navigation and allowed for safe passage into Boston Harbor. More...