Fishing Prohibition on Hold
On 8/20/14 the park issued a rule change prohibiting fishing throughout the park due to concerns over water quality and visitor safety. The fishing prohibition is now on hold, pending further review - click for more information. More »
Places To Go
There are plenty of places to go in Salem, Massachusetts. Start your visit to this historic city at the National Park
For more information about events and sites in Essex County, the Essex National Heritage Area website has comprehensive information about Essex County. This link will open in a new window.
If you are planning a longer vacation to Massachusetts, please check out the National Park Service's Massachusetts Trip Planner to help you find the many National Park Service units in Massachusetts. The site even includes half-day and full day itineraries for the Boston area. This link will open in a new window
Did You Know?
In 1799, Salem native Nathaniel Bowditch revised John H. Moore's New Practical Navigator, the standard navigation manual of the 18th century. Bowditch discovered and corrected over 8,000 errors in Moore's manual! In 1802, Bowditch published the New American Practical Navigator.