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The History of the Boston Harbor Islands: Peddocks Island and Fort Andrews
The History of the Boston Harbor Islands: Peddocks Island and Fort Andrews
Published: 2013/10/06
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Boston Harbor Islands - Georges Island Walk Tour
Published: 2016/06/17
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Peddocks Island, Boston Harbor Islands
Published: 2013/10/06
Channel: UMass Boston
Military History of the Boston Harbor Islands
Military History of the Boston Harbor Islands
Published: 2014/05/06
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Spectacle Island, Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area, Boston, MA
Spectacle Island, Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area, Boston, MA
Published: 2013/05/17
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TOP 12. Best Parks in Boston - Natural Attractions
TOP 12. Best Parks in Boston - Natural Attractions
Published: 2017/02/20
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Boston Harbor Islands
Published: 2011/09/27
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Native Americans and the Boston Harbor Islands
Native Americans and the Boston Harbor Islands
Published: 2014/05/06
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Constitution Marina Approach From Boston Harbor Islands
Published: 2015/07/15
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A History of Spectacle Island
A History of Spectacle Island
Published: 2012/11/27
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New England Boating TV: Boston Islands
Published: 2016/12/20
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The History of the Boston Harbor Islands: Spectacle Island
The History of the Boston Harbor Islands: Spectacle Island
Published: 2013/10/06
Channel: UMass Boston
Boston Harbor Islands Cruise on Provincetown II
Boston Harbor Islands Cruise on Provincetown II
Published: 2018/02/13
Channel: Brooks Payne
Boston Harbor National Rec. Area - Epic Kayaking (Vlog)
Boston Harbor National Rec. Area - Epic Kayaking (Vlog)
Published: 2016/10/07
Channel: Americas Parks
Boston Harbor Islands - Green Crab
Boston Harbor Islands - Green Crab
Published: 2009/05/20
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Boston Harbor Islands - Blue Mussel
Boston Harbor Islands - Blue Mussel
Published: 2009/05/20
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Ten Years of Progress: Boston Harbor Islands National Park
Ten Years of Progress: Boston Harbor Islands National Park
Published: 2014/05/05
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Boston Harbor Islands Discovery Camp Documentary
Boston Harbor Islands Discovery Camp Documentary
Published: 2017/12/05
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Solar Boston - Boston Harbor Islands
Published: 2006/09/05
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BOSTON HARBOR ISLANDS
Published: 2014/05/01
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Top 12 Boston Harbor Islands by JoGuru
Top 12 Boston Harbor Islands by JoGuru
Published: 2013/05/22
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Boston Harbor Islands Ferry
Boston Harbor Islands Ferry
Published: 2011/07/15
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Groundbreaking: Boston Harbor Islands Pavilion
Published: 2011/06/16
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Published: 2017/08/13
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Boston Harbor Islands
Published: 2006/12/08
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Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area National Geographic Trails Illustrated Map
Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area National Geographic Trails Illustrated Map
Published: 2017/06/08
Channel: Rayska C.
Ferrying around Boston Harbor Islands
Ferrying around Boston Harbor Islands
Published: 2015/08/23
Channel: Travis Donley
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Boston Harbor Islands
Published: 2010/08/30
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Published: 2015/01/10
Channel: Edward Stronge
Boston Harbor Islands Regatta
Boston Harbor Islands Regatta
Published: 2014/07/22
Channel: Boston Harbor Island Alliance
New book explores Boston Harbor Islands
New book explores Boston Harbor Islands
Published: 2007/12/14
Channel: Patriot Ledger
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Published: 2013/06/16
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Spectacle Island 5k 2016
Spectacle Island 5k 2016
Published: 2016/07/14
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Published: 2014/05/18
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Generations 1891 -1940  Living on the Islands of Boston Harbor - 30 sec
Generations 1891 -1940 Living on the Islands of Boston Harbor - 30 sec
Published: 2012/08/17
Channel: AuthorHouse Publishing
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boston harbor islands national recreation area boston harbor massachusetts
Published: 2013/06/22
Channel: TheUnameful
Boston Harbor Island Exhibit
Boston Harbor Island Exhibit
Published: 2013/08/20
Channel: DoubleACS
Helicopter around Graves Light, Boston Harbor
Helicopter around Graves Light, Boston Harbor
Published: 2014/08/28
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Boston Harbor Islands
Published: 2012/05/08
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Published: 2015/07/17
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Published: 2014/10/29
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The Boston Harbor Islands
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Published: 2013/06/28
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Published: 2016/08/29
Channel: Janet McNeill
Great Brewster Island, Boston, MA
Great Brewster Island, Boston, MA
Published: 2013/05/10
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Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area
Published: 2016/08/25
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Published: 2011/11/01
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2010-09-14 Boston Harbor Islands aboard NAOMH SEAN
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Published: 2010/09/21
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Published: 2008/07/20
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Published: 2017/03/20
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Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area
Map showing the location of Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area
Map showing the location of Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area
Location Norfolk, Plymouth, and Suffolk counties, Massachusetts
Nearest city Boston, Massachusetts
Coordinates 42°19′7″N 70°56′45″W / 42.31861°N 70.94583°W / 42.31861; -70.94583Coordinates: 42°19′7″N 70°56′45″W / 42.31861°N 70.94583°W / 42.31861; -70.94583
Area 1,482 acres (6.00 km2)[1]
Established November 12, 1996
Governing body Boston Harbor Islands Partnership which includes the National Park Service together with other federal, state, city, and nonprofit agencies.
Website Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area

The Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area is a National Recreation Area situated among the islands of Boston Harbor of Boston, Massachusetts. The area is made up of a collection of islands, together with a former island and a peninsula, many of which are open for public recreation and some of which are very small and best suited for wildlife. The area is run by the Boston Harbor Islands Partnership.[2] It includes the Boston Harbor Islands State Park, managed by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Twenty-one of the 34 islands in the area are also included in the Boston Harbor Islands Archeological District.

Attractions include hiking trails, beaches, the Civil War-era Fort Warren on Georges Island and Boston Light on Little Brewster Island, the oldest lighthouse in the United States.[3] Georges Island and Spectacle Island are served seasonally by ferries to and from Boston and Quincy, connecting on weekends and summer weekdays with a shuttle boat to several other islands, Hull, and Hingham.[4]

In 1996, there was a project proposal by Boston's mayor Tom Menino and Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor Clifford A. Goudey to revitalize the aquaculture and fish population in Boston Harbor. This would have involved using the old tanks and granite canals on Moon Island.[5]

In 2008, Peddocks Island was used for filming scenes in Martin Scorsese's Shutter Island.[6]

List of islands and peninsulas[edit]

Map of the Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area.

The Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area is made up of a series of discrete islands and other places on and around Boston Harbor. These include:[2][7]

Two islands (Castle Island and Spinnaker Island) in Boston Harbor are not part of the National Recreation Area, and other former islands (e.g. Apple Island, Governors Island and Noddle's Island) were obliterated by the formation of East Boston and the expansion of Logan International Airport before the area was designated.

Management[edit]

The Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area is managed by the Boston Harbor Islands Partnership,[8] a statutory body established as a federal operating committee by the park enabling legislation. The partnership consists of individual members who represent a range of federal, state, city, and nonprofit agencies, including:

In addition, the Partnership includes representation from the Boston Harbor Islands Advisory Council, whose purpose is to make recommendations to the Partnership about park management. There are 13 Partners in total, together with 13 Alternates. Apart from the representative for the Coast Guard, who is appointed by the Secretary of Homeland Security, all the members of the partnership are appointed by the Secretary of the Interior after consultation with the appropriate agency or other body.[9][10][11]

In practice, day-to-day management of each individual island or other site is the responsibility of one of the partner agencies or other bodies. The partnership provides a consistency and coordination across the whole park.[12]

Boston Harbor Islands State Park[edit]

Boston Harbor Islands State Park is a Massachusetts state park comprising 13 islands located in Boston Harbor, which now forms part of the Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area.

The park was developed from the 1970s by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Management (DEM). In 1996, the Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area was created, including the State Park's islands and many others. However, due to the unusual partnership management arrangements of the National Recreation Area, the State Park still exists as a low profile administrative entity. It is now managed by the DEM's successor, the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, from a park headquarters near to the ferry terminal in Hingham.[12]

The islands of the Boston Harbor Islands State Park are:[12]

Transportation[edit]

Ferries of the Harbor Islands Express link downtown Boston with some of the islands.

Boston Harbor Cruises offers ferry service from Long Wharf at Christopher Columbus Park to Georges and Spectacle Islands.[13] Free service is available between Georges and Spectacle, as well as between the other islands.[14] Summer service is also available from Hingham Shipyard and Hull to Georges Island via Grape, Bumpkin, and Lovells Islands.[15] (These services are separate from MBTA Boat harbor ferries.)

Thompson Island is only open to the public on Sundays during the summer. It is served by a ferry leaving from both Spectacle Island and the EDIC dock on Terminal Street in South Boston,[16] operated by the Thompson Island Outward Bound Education Center.[17]

Private boats can dock (with various restrictions) at Spectacle, Grape, Bumpkin, Lovells, and Peddocks Islands.[18] The public dock on Georges Island was recently condemned by engineers, although access is still available by making anchor off shore and using a dinghy to row ashore.

Deer Island, Nut Island, Worlds End, and Webb Memorial are accessible by road from the mainland. Moon Island and Long Island are not open to the public; though Moon Island is accessible by road from Quincy, access is controlled by a police guard station at the beginning of the causeway on the Squantum peninsula. The causeway from Moon Island to Long Island was demolished in 2015 and it is no longer accessible by road.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Listing of acreage as of December 31, 2011". Land Resource Division, National Park Service. Retrieved 2012-12-16. 
  2. ^ a b "Boston Harbor Islands Visitor's Guide - The Islands". Boston Harbor Islands Partnership. Archived from the original on August 13, 2006. Retrieved August 9, 2006. 
  3. ^ "National Historic Landmark nomination for Boston Light". National Park Service. Archived from the original on June 14, 2006. Retrieved June 18, 2006. 
  4. ^ "Boston Harbor Islands Ferry Schedule". Boston Harbor Cruises. Retrieved June 18, 2014. 
  5. ^ Cf. Best; Cf. Marcus
  6. ^ Riglian, Adam (2008-04-14). "DiCaprio, Scorsese filming on Peddocks Island". The Patriot Ledger. GateHouse Media. Archived from the original on 2008-10-27. Retrieved 2008-05-21. 
  7. ^ US Geological Survey 7.5 minute series topographic map "Hull" 1971
  8. ^ http://www.nps.gov/boha/parkmgmt/partnership-members.htm
  9. ^ "Islands Partnership - Governance". Boston Harbor Islands Partnership. Archived from the original on October 5, 2006. Retrieved October 6, 2006. 
  10. ^ "Islands Partnership - Membership". Boston Harbor Islands Partnership. Archived from the original on August 30, 2006. Retrieved October 6, 2006. 
  11. ^ "Public Law 104-33, 110 Stat. 4093 Sec. 1029. Boston Harbor Islands Recreation Area". Retrieved October 6, 2006. 
  12. ^ a b c "Boston Harbor Islands - General Management Plan" (PDF). National Park Service. Retrieved October 19, 2006. 
  13. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-07-28. Retrieved 2010-07-31. 
  14. ^ [1]
  15. ^ "Ferry Schedule". Retrieved 2010-07-26. 
  16. ^ http://www.bostonislands.org/mainland-piers-edic-pier[permanent dead link]
  17. ^ http://www.bostonharborislands.com/tickets
  18. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-07-10. Retrieved 2010-07-26. 

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