Camping on a Boston Harbor Island

Text & Photography by Tom Richardson

NOTE: As of 2023, camping was only allowed on Peddocks Island. Please check the Boston Habor Islands website for current camping information.


Despite the fact that all of the Boston Harbor islands are now part of a National Recreation Area, many locals don’t realize that you can camp on several of them. Rustic tent sites with grills are available on Bumpkin, Lovells and Grape Islands, while yurts (round, canvas-sided cabins that can hold up to 6 people) can be rented on Peddocks Island. All of the islands hold a boatload of history and offer great views of the Boston skyline, yet somehow manage to feel 100 miles from civilization—that is, until a 747 roars overhead on its approach to Logan Airport!

The National & State Park Services maintain the campsites, yurts, and restrooms on the islands, and visiting boaters can use the free moorings just offshore. Gear and passengers can be dropped off on the various piers, and a dinghy is provided for public use on some of the islands. Personal dinghies and kayaks can be left on the beach.

Tent-camping on Bumpkin Island.

Don’t have a boat? No worries, as you can also access the islands via water shuttle.

To reserve a site or yurt, click here:


2019 Rates

Tent Site

– MA Resident  $8

– Non Resident $10

Group Tent Site

– 1-25 People  $35

– $1/ea additional person


– MA Resident  $55

– Non Resident $60

* All prices are per night. Four-night maximum stay.