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Boston Harbor Islands: Spectacle Island

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Spectacle Island
Boston, MA 02129
42° 19' 18.0'', -70° 59' 18.42''
VHF Ch. 69
Boston Harbor Islands: Spectacle Island
Boston Harbor Islands: Spectacle Island
Boston Harbor Islands: Spectacle Island
Boston Harbor Islands: Spectacle Island
Boston Harbor Islands: Spectacle Island
Boston Harbor Islands: Spectacle Island
Boston Harbor Islands: Spectacle Island
Boston Harbor Islands: Spectacle Island
Humid and partly cloudy throughout the day.
88℉SW at 7 knots
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Status: Open

Hello Boaters! Welcome to Spectacle Island. Here is what you can expect when you visit the Island this summer due to COVID-19. The marina will be free of charge first come first served. When tying up in the marina pull as far in as possible to maximize space on our floats, in other words, please don't tie up in the middle of an empty float. Please make note of the drop-off/pick-up float and do not tie up there as it will interfere with the ferry pulling in and out. The moorings will be available to reserve through DOCKWA, $10 for a day trip and $25 overnight. We ask that you stay on your vessel whil in the marina or walk up to visit the Island. DCR dinghies will not be provided this year. Private tenders/dinghies may be landed ashore on the North side of the swimming beach in the mooring area, not in the marina. drop-off/pick-up dock is in the marina marked with signs. We ask that you practice social distancing while on Island and wear a mask if you are not able to do so. Visitor center will be closed. Restrooms are currently close due to a power outage. Please follow rules and signage when on island. The swimming beach will not be guarded. Dogs are not allowed on Island. Bubblers/drinking fountains will be closed rinse off showers may be available. Thank you, and Enjoy!

Last Updated: 2020-08-06 21:55:59 UTC



Spectacle Island features both moorings and a marina. The Spectacle Island Marina is a first come, first serve, floating dock system providing access to the island and its many amenities. Moorings are located on the north side of the main pier and can be reserved on the Dockwa app or on

$25 mooring reservation is for day and overnight use. $10 day trip reservation is for day use only.

Part of the Boston Harbor Islands National and State Park, Spectacle Island spans 105 acres and provides multiple attractions. Along with five miles of walking trails, the island features a visitor center, swimming beach (lifeguarded during peak season), and breathtaking, 360 views of Boston and the surrounding islands. To find more information about all the activities on the island, please visit

Berth Capacity

Linear Docks:550 Feet


The Entrance to the marina is on the south side of the main pier. Please be careful of ferries leaving and entering the marina basin. Ferries may be restricted in their ability to maneuver so plan accordingly. We ask that vessels with a wide beam do not berth directly across from the ferry float (large steel float) in order to give the ferries swing room on their approach. The Drop off/pick up area is located at the end of the finger closest to the ferry float and should be used only when a ferry is not trying to enter or leave the marina please. Additional caution is required when approaching the float that is located closest to the beach. The inside between the shore and float is VERY tidal. Please be aware of your draft and tide height when berthing on this float. The mooring field is located on the northern side of the main pier. They can be reserved by using the application on your smartphone or tablet. There will not be a dinghy for public use on the floats this year due to COVID-19. If using your own dinghy please access the island on the mooring field side of the main pier and stay out of the marked swim area. The swim beach will not be guarded this year so please swim at your own risk within the marked area only. Due to COVID-19 there will be regulated rest room access but no visitor center access or concessions of any kind available. The park is open from dawn till dusk and no dogs or alcohol are permitted. Again, please be careful when entering and leaving the marina as visibility is bad at the corner of the pier. Stay along the shoreline if possible. Thank you and enjoy Spectacle Island!
Minimum Approach Depth:19.0 Feet
Minimum Channel Depth:12.0 Feet
Mean Low Water Dock Depth:10.0 Feet

Services & Amenities

Last Updated: Aug 06, 2020

Fixed Docks:Yes
Floating Docks:Yes
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ebrowneAug 07, 2020

Excellent moorings, well protected, Great DCR staff checking things out, easy paddle or swim to shore

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amofamAug 02, 2020

Had a great day Thanks Marc

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pabb42Jul 20, 2020

I have made three reservations twice the mooring was taken tried to call on radio no answer so either I confront another boater or leave dissatisfied with family day ruined, I cancelled the third ( fool me twice not risking third)

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fishmanSep 08, 2019

The island is a treasure! We enjoyed the Trillium’s beer garden Sat afternoon, then had the whole place to ourselves for the evening. The trails are superb, as are the views of Boston. Very calm seas-even in the aftermath of hurricane Dorian. We will return from our slip in Boston!

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jamesforsyth01Aug 20, 2019

good mooring and nice people running the island.

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carolvacAug 02, 2019

Very rocky due to wakes created by high speed ferry. We have a 39’ sailboat and our boat got tossed around similar to being out in a small craft advisory. Couldn’t swim off the boat due to the chop. Dinghied to the beach, but our dinghy was getting trashed so back to our sailboat we went. Quieted down after 8pm.

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jimwilliamson1Jul 22, 2019

The booking was good. You were very responsive to adjust the rate down to just a day rate. However, I couldn't hail anyone at Spectacle Island on Channel 69 and a DCR ranger said to just take any open mooring if we had a reservation.

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blee247Jul 15, 2019

Great spot to stop and take a quick dip! Friendly staff.

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revgray5Jul 15, 2019

Beautiful spot to set up for the day. Moorings are easy to use and the staff at the location were great. Look forward to them putting more moorings in soon. They fill up quickly.

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