Island Facts: Moon Island
This island serves as a firefighter training facility and police firing range.
Agency Designation: Boston Fire Department Training Facility; Boston Police Department Firing Range
Visitor Facilities & Services
Access is restricted to city personnel. No docking. Boaters must anchor off shore.
On-island Circulation: ACCESS IS RESTRICTED. A 4,175-foot causeway extends from Squantum; 2,500-foot road connects causeways from Squantum and to Long Island viaduct. Moon Island has a 2,850-foot secondary road for administrative use.
Natural History Overview
Meadow grasses; hardwood; sumac groves.
The drumlin at the center of the island rises to an elevation of 98 feet. At low tide extensive mudflats surround the island.
A 19th century sewage treatment facility was constructed with four tanks-each is 900 feet long, 150 feet wide, 17 feet deep. They are separated by walls approximately seven feet thick at the base. The facility is no longer in use. A water system for the fire training facility are in place, as well as water pipes to Long Island.
Views and Vistas
Views from the island include Downtown Boston, Quincy, Hangman, Long, and Peddocks Islands.
Island names have changed, depending on ownership and the customs of the times. What's in a Name? lists alternate names for park islands (and a few Harbor islands not within the park). Following is another known name for Moon Island:
Did You Know?
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.