By Kayak
Your Boat
Ocean Reporter Private Launch Service
By Kayak

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, dingy or kayaks. Distance from Rockport Harbor is about 3 miles. The Association asks kayakers to use caution, pay attention to weather 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.

Groups larger than 5 boats must call the keepers in advance to state their expected arrival time. Island closes to the public at 5pm.

Your Boat

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. Moorings are free on a first come first serve basis. A dingy is provided at the mooring for your use to 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
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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
(978) 502-5994
E-mail oceanreporter@comcast.net
Reasonable Rates

Please note: The North tower will be closed to climbing for the foreseeable future due to repair work.
The South Tower will be available to climb, although entrance to the outdoor parapet will be restricted.

Climbing the Twin Towers

Both towers are identical and were completed in 1861. They are each 124 feet high and stand about 164 feet above the waterline. They are constructed of solid granite on the outside and a two foot thick inner wall of brick. Each block of granite weighs over 10 tons.

Each tower is 22 feet in diameter at the base and 13 feet at the lantern room. There are 156 steps to the top.

From the tower one is able to see the skyline of Boston to the South and the mountains of Maine to the North-west. Looking down to the southeast about half mile off shore you may see an iron pole jutting out from the water. This marks an area called the “Londoner” so named because of the reef just below the surface which has claimed hundreds of vessels most bound to Boston from London in the early 1700’s. This reef was one of the reasons the original twin towers were built by the British of Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1771. The other was to be able to differentiate Cape Ann Light Station from Boston Light to the south and Portsmouth Light to the north.

Walking the Island

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Anne's Way Walk

Walk the 3 miles of groomed trails. This one is Anne's Way which heads to the south end of the island. Don't forget to bring water with you.

Camping is available from June through September.
Call the keeper at (508) 284-0144 for reservations.

There is a small campground available. The donation is $5.00 per night per person. A per person landing fee of $5.00 is also required. Payments may be made by cash, check or credit card and given to the keeper on duty in the boat house. You must reserve ahead of time by calling the resident keeper at (508) 284-0144. Camping is available from June 1 to September 15. Open fires are prohibited. There is no water available so bring your own. Camping is "basic" no showers are available, fireplaces or electricity. There is an environmentally friendly solar powered composting toilet as well as a large covered pavilion to provide campers with sun and rain protection and picnic tables at the site. No pets allowed. Checks to be made out to the Town of Rockport.

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Pick up the Thacher launch at T-Wharf