Thacher Island is located about a mile offshore of Rockport,
Massachusetts. Rockport is a small seacoast town about 40 miles north of Boston. It can be reached via Rt. 128 north. Although the island may be viewed from the shore from either Eden Road or Marmion Way the best way to view the island is by going there by becoming a member of the Thacher Island Association.
All persons over 14 will be charged a $5.00 landing fee. This fee will be waived for all who can show proof they are Rockport residents, paid up Thacher Island Association members, holders of National Park Service America the Beautiful passes or a valid Federal Duck Stamp. Landing fees will be payable in the form of cash, check or credit card to the keeper on duty in the boat house.
Seats aboard the Thacher Island Launch will cost $20.00 per adult and $10.00 for children under 14. (The Landing fee is included).
This fee will be waived for all Rockport residents and paid up Thacher Island Association members. Launch fees will be payable by credit card when making your reservations by calling 617-599-2590. The launch fee will be reimbursed if the trip is cancelled due to weather or rough seas. Any cancellations made less than one week before the time of departure will result in forfeiture of payment.
By the Thacher Island Launch
Reservations for 2013 will open again on May 15, 2013.Trips begin on June 1 and run through August 31,2013.(weather permitting)
Join us each Saturday morning at 8AM, 9AM or 10AM returning at 10:30, 11:30 and 12:30. Travel aboard the Thacher Island I or II launch for an exciting 20 minute ride out to this magnificent historical island.
Trips are also available on Wednesdays at 9AM returning at 11:30.
You must make reservations at least two weeks in advance by calling 617-599-2590.
Seats are limited to 6 passengers. Launch leaves from the Town dock (T-Wharf) next to the Sandy Bay Yacht Club.Trips to the island are not recommended for young children under 3 years of age, and becuase the island is a wild life refuge, is off-limits to pets.
Donations are gratefully accepted.
Other ways to get there are by kayak (which you can rent in town) or by your own boat. There is no dock on the island, only a ramp, which may only be used by the Association's launch or kayaks.Distance from Rockport Harbor is about 3 miles.The Assocition asks kayakers to use caution, pay attention to weahter conditions, turn back if you feel uncomfortable. This is not a reliably good paddle for novice kayakers or those with limited endurance. Dont forget to bring money for the landing fee.
We make available 3 guest moorings adjacent to the ramp about 50 yards offshore. You must call the keeper on the island in advance to tell him you are coming at 508-284-0144. Unless you plan to swim in from your boat, bring a dingy which you can land on the ramp. Only small row boats and kayaks are allowed to land on the ramp. Landing fees apply.
Ocean Reporter Private Launch Service
Rockport Harbor to Thacher Island
Bird Watching-Eco-Tours-Water Taxi
Because Capt.Lee moors 50 yards off the island he uses a dingy to ferry visitors ashore,passengers should have the physical dexterity to climb in and out of his vessel from the dingy.The return trip need not be on the same day, making the ocean Reporter a good way for campers to reach the island.
Captain Bill Lee
Donations are tax deductible
(To the extent allowed by law)
Privileges of Membership:
Free rides to Thacher Island.(Reservations Required)
Two or more newsletters a year.
Thacher Boat/Car sticker.
Satisfaction of helping to preserve a National Historic Landmark.
Click here to purchase your membership: http://shop.thacherisland.org
Such an incredible location to visit and it's right here on Cape Ann just offshore with some of the most iconic and beautiful lighthouses on the east coast of the United States. Happy Cruising!
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