Beautiful harbor vistas are found on this peninsula which houses a wastewater pumping station and landscaped park.
Easily accessible through Quincy, Nut Island offers an array of activities. Visitors can walk on paved footpaths, fish on the pier, or enjoy a picnic.
This island of Boston Harbor Islands National and State Park is managed by Massachusetts Water Resources Authority.
Visitor Facilities & Services
Prior to European settle colonization, Indigenous peoples likely accessed the island seasonally. Colonists used the island for grazing their cattle. It has a long history of use for sewage treatment. It is now part of the Boston Project with the new facility at Deer Island.
Natural History Overview
Many new trees and shrubs have been planted as part of the new public park area.
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The island rises approximately 10 feet in elevation and is surrounded by a rip-rap retaining wall.
The new pump facility at Nut Island is part of one of the largest, most elaborate constructed water features in the country. A 4.8-mile tunnel from Nut Island pumps sewage from 21 South Shore communities to Deer Island for primary treatment.
Views and Vistas
Nut Island is visible from the islands in Quincy Bay. Islands most visible from Nut Island include Peddocks, Hangman, Rainsford, Moon and Long Islands.
Last updated: November 30, 2023