• 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: Raccoon Island

This small island is characterized by gravel beaches and rocky slopes.


 
Short History
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.
 

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: Hingham Harbor
Acreage: 3.6 upland acres
Highest elevation: 30 feet
Longitude: 42° 15' 52.8" North
Latitude: 70° 56' 57.1" West
Miles from Long Wharf: 7.8
 
Visitor Facilities & Services
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.
 
Natural History Overview
Wildlife
Wildlife survey in progress.

Geology
Bedrock outcroppings.

Water Features.
Further study required.

Views and Vistas
Boston Light, Downtown Boston, Hull, and surrounding islands.
 
Structures
Buildings
  • None
Fortifications
  • None
Other Structures
  • None
 
Alternate Names
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:
  • Sun Island

Did You Know?

Airplane at Boston Logan Airport 1941

Boston Logan International Airport sits upon land that used to be four islands – Apple, Bird, Noodles and Governors Islands. Today, visitors travel past Boston’s Logan International Airport on their way to explore Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area. More...