Island Facts: Raccoon Island
This small island is characterized by gravel beaches and rocky slopes.
There is limited recorded history of activity on Raccoon Island, though it was likely used by Native Americans as a seasonal campsite. In the 1600s, colonists grazed sheep on the island and referred to it as "Sun Island." In the 1880s, the island was described as covering ten-acres and was used for recreational camping parties. In the 1930s, the island was used as a summer camp by a religious organization.
Agency Designation: Harbor Islands Reservation
Visitor Facilities & Services
On-island Circulation: Unimproved trails.
Natural History Overview
Wildlife survey in progress.
Further study required.
Views and Vistas
Boston Light, Downtown Boston, Hull, and surrounding 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 Raccoon Island:
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...