Boston Harbor Islands: Georges Island

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Boston, MA 02129
Check-in after 12:00 PM
Check-out before 11:00 AM

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91 Reviews

by David M. - Verified user on Oct 06, 2023
What a wonderful place. The mooring ball was a short 30 second row to the beach. The island is wonderful and you can casually stroll around AND IN the old fort. Terrific displays and artifacts in the visitor center. Bring the kids.

by Richard E. - Verified user on Sep 05, 2023
Other vessel was on rented mooring when i arrived. Made the call to DCR and problem was resolved immediately.

by Phil S. - Verified user on Sep 05, 2023
Awesome spot -- prompt response from the marina and a great value! Will be returning.

by Jennifer M. - Verified user on Sep 04, 2023
Our stay was terrific. You folks do great work. We appreciate you!!!!!!

by Tom D. - Verified user on Sep 04, 2023
Great views and moorings are fairly well marked and in pretty good condition. With strong winds out of the SW fighting the tide it was pretty rough until the winds died down in the middle of the night. Paddocks would have been a better option in these conditions.

by Robert O. - Verified user on Sep 03, 2023
Someone was on the mooring I reserved. No one answered the phone or the radio and the ranger on Island when we told them we picked up a different mooring said they don’t care and why pay for a mooring just pick one up next time.

by Sandra L. - Verified user on Sep 02, 2023
Fantastic view of the full moon coming up over George’s Island. An orange sunrise rose behind Boston light. Thanks for having us.

by Michele D. - Verified user on Aug 23, 2023
Easy tie up and a nice lunch. Thanks for setting us up.

by Marcus D. - Verified user on Aug 22, 2023
Our day mooring off of Gallops Islands made for a perfect afternoon as always!

by Caraline L. - Verified user on Aug 20, 2023
We had a west wind so with the long fetch us was a little choppy. I’m sure we could have moved to Spectacle because the Harbor staff are very accommodating.

by Cameron K. - Verified user on Aug 14, 2023
Fantastic! We had a great time.

by Chris M. - Verified user on Aug 09, 2023
Ball in good shape. Beach landing for dinghy. The Island itself is fantastic. It was our 3rd visit. We love it. Talk a tour of Fort Warren with a park ranger!

by Becky P. - Verified user on Aug 06, 2023
Great way to spend July 4th! Beautiful day on the mooring at Gallops Island.

by Rick N. - Verified user on Aug 06, 2023
Well marked mooring balls. Island staff very helpful and knowledgeable. Great time.

by Christa N. - Verified user on Jul 31, 2023
easy to drop off passengers and find the mooring ball.

by Elias S. - Verified user on Jul 27, 2023
Great spot, easy to find the buoy

by Timothy L. - Verified user on Jul 27, 2023
Excellent staff that is always helpful

by Mark G. - Verified user on Jul 25, 2023
There was a situation regarding mooring 11. As u are aware we rented the mooring. When we showed up somebody was on the mooring and wouldn’t move. There should be a way of patrolling who and who doesn’t belong on a mooring. Having said that I’m fully aware that is really hard to control, but in the end the pirates will win?

by David K. - Verified user on Jul 24, 2023
Beautiful spot. Out mooring was occupied when we arrived but a staff person on a boat directed us to take the adjacent one. Lots of roll from wakes.

by Jeffrey G. - Verified user on Jul 23, 2023
Easy mooring situation. Great day trip.

by Charles B. - Verified user on Jul 23, 2023
Love the place. Kids had a great time, bbqd on the island. So much fun

by James M. - Verified user on Jul 10, 2023
The DockWa app is user friendly and very quick at responding

by David C. - Verified user on Jul 09, 2023
Great day on the island just know you cannot tie up at the dock drop off only

by brad f. - Verified user on Jul 08, 2023
Close to the channel

by laurie l. - Verified user on Jul 04, 2023
Great views, and fabulous place to dinghy in to for exploration.

by Laurie D. - Verified user on Jul 02, 2023
Great location. Enjoying our continued exploration of the BHI.

by Rob M. - Verified user on Jul 02, 2023
The strong current and perdendicular wind caused the mooring buoy to knock against the vessel and damage the paintwork on the hull.

by Darryl C. - Verified user on Jun 25, 2023
The island was fantastic! It was also pretty much ours because the weather was a little spotty. Not really complaining, because the moorings were less than $30/night, but the sense of urgency to book as soon as reservations were available was unnecessary. We were the only ones there the first night and there were only 2 others the 2nd night.

by Richard M. - Verified user on Jun 25, 2023
Secure with good line/painter. Only issue is waves with boat traffic and south west wind.

by Stephen S. - Verified user on Jun 21, 2023
Enjoyed the stay. Great place to moor for lunch on a day sail in Boston Harbor.

by Holger Z. - Verified user on Jun 19, 2023
It was wonderful! Worked great

by Jana E. - Verified user on May 30, 2023
Great to be back on the water in the harbor

by Kristina - Verified user on May 29, 2023
Super easy process and a great place to visit!

by Charles S. - Verified user on Sep 11, 2022
Before leaving, I called to get information regarding what's going on at Georges. No one answered. When we got there, we discovered that there was no launch. We were not able leave our 18 foot boat on the dock for our 2 h our stay. The result is that someone needed to stay on the boat or swim ashore. We didn't bring our bathing suits. The end result is that we never went ashore at all.

by Paul S. - Verified user on Aug 27, 2022
Always love the convenience of mooring offshore of such a beautiful park

by Robert H. - Verified user on Aug 03, 2022
All you promised. Great value and great relief.

by michael s. - Verified user on Aug 01, 2022
helps to have two mooring lines, one for starboard and one for port. keeps bow into the wind. important only in situations where there is exposure to wind and choppy water.

by Paula M. - Verified user on Jul 22, 2022
We wanted to go see fort Warren yet crazy enough there is no dinghy dock here. The only option is to bring your dinghy up on the beach and we had to ask for special permission to do so. Pretty ridiculous when you have large boats from the city docking constantly.

by Jack M. - Verified user on Jul 18, 2022
Great service, website is easy to use, and quick response. Unfortunately, I was unable to use it because of a breakdown. But I love the service. When word first got out about these moorings being established, I thought "sure just one more way to regulate open space. But I don't feel like that anymore. As long as I plan ahead I can get a spot that I know is secure and will keep my boat safe while I visit the islands. And the system and people monitoring it are highly responsive. Great job.

by Robert P. - Verified user on Jul 18, 2022
Perfect place for an overnight stay. Beautiful! With easy access to three islands. Current can be 1-2kts. Parks department was very helpful and responsive.

by Sharon H. - Verified user on Jul 17, 2022
Our assigned mooring was in operable due to the line being stuck underneath the mooring ball.

by Michael B. - Verified user on Jul 16, 2022
The moorings are always great. No fuss. The DVR staff is generally accommodating. On busy days when they fill up, depending on the attendant and if you talk to them first, they’ may let you squat on a mooring until the person who reserved it comes. That’s cool since we are only there for an hour or two most days.

by Wallace S. - Verified user on Jul 05, 2022
Thanks for having us, super easy to drop people off at the dock, moor up, and paddle board to shore.

by Steve C. - Verified user on Jun 22, 2022
Love Dockwa…so friendly and accommodating!

by Meghan L. - Verified user on May 31, 2022
We reserved mooring 10 for the day, when we arrived at 12:30 pm our mooring was taken but another guest who claimed they reserved the same mooring number. Multiple other guests tied up claimed they had been double booked as well.

by James D. - Verified user on May 31, 2022
It is very convenient using the Dockwa app. The DCR Rangers respond to your reservation request very fast.

by Ed B. - Verified user on Sep 26, 2021
Easy working with Dockwa to secure mooring. Love this service

by Paul M. - Verified user on Aug 22, 2021
Was able to get our favorite morning thanks for all your help

by Francesco R. - Verified user on Aug 16, 2021
We had a great stay. Well run moorings. Once sun sets it becomes quiet and calm with no traffic. Slept great! Best place to stay in Boston!!! Will come again and again.

by GARY L. - Verified user on Aug 16, 2021
Very good and very friendly help

by Douglas T. - Verified user on Aug 01, 2021
Loved it! Staff was right on top of making sure our mooring was available. Great spot for views of the Boston Light & George's Island.

by Robert T. - Verified user on Jul 18, 2021
Easy to reserve on Dockwa. Attendant in boat pointed out our mooring, but with several in that area and numbers hard to see we had to search- would have helped if she had motored over to show us. Beautiful spot with excellent views of Boston skyline but wakes of passing boats in canal can be significant

by Kathleen W. - Verified user on Jul 17, 2021
Gorgeous spot nestled among the Harbor Islands. Great view of the city of Boston, particularly cool after dark. Not the smoothest mooring field due to traffic and currents, but well worth a stay. I hope these moorings will continue to be maintained.

by Kevin T. - Verified user on Jul 17, 2021
Island boat crew was very helpful

by Michael G. - Verified user on Jul 12, 2021
Actually moored at Gallops Is. ... was quiet but lots of roll. Would go back.

by Rafael R. - Verified user on Jul 11, 2021
Always love to visit George’s Island Now with a boat it’s even more fun Thanks

by Ed A. on Jul 06, 2021
Mooring is exposed to just about every direction but East-SE. very good depth. Easy access to the beach north of the ferry dock. Nice Fort to visit and great grounds to watch Boston and great sailboats going out to the ocean and back. It’s can be rolly in winds above 10kt mooring but still worth it. Dockwa reservation was easy and very responsive folks on the island prior to arrival

by Matt C. - Verified user on Jun 29, 2021

by Charles F. - Verified user on Jun 27, 2021
we got out and about out there, we didnt moore over night as we wanted to due to an electrical problem with the boat. but did get out there once we were fixed. great time will do that again!

by curtis n. - Verified user on Jun 26, 2021
The DCR guys on the scene work hard and are very accommodating when issues arise. Thanks,

by John H. - Verified user on Jun 20, 2021
Beautiful sunny day. Had to move someone off my mooring, but no issues. Thanks

by Jeff M. - Verified user on Jun 07, 2021
Very convenient. Moorings all in good condition. Love the online reservations

by Laurie L. - Verified user on Sep 08, 2020
Can't beat the location for the views and access to historic island. Great price and friendly service! Get off your boat and check out the amazing structures on the island. Such a treat!

by Rob O. - Verified user on Sep 06, 2020
We had an amazing time. This was the first time we requested a numbered mooring for it’s location, something I was wondering about. Dockwa was accommodating and replied quickly. A review solicitation was sent before we left and I was concerned that I had reserved it a day early and reached out. Again, Dockwa replied to assure is of our reservation and that they were working on their system in this regard. We met friends who anchored that we looking for a mooring to stay the night, and they contacted Dockwa to request our mooring that was reserved for the day as everything else was booked. Again, Dockwa responded to say that yes, our friends could reserve for the night. They spoke with the crew on the DCR boat monitoring for Dockwa. We ended a perfect day and our friends hooked up. Impressed with the responsiveness and excellent customer service.

by Judy t. - Verified user on Aug 25, 2020
We had a great day! Thank you

by Timothy H. - Verified user on Aug 11, 2020
Professional friendly staff - mix up on who should be on what mooring - he got it squared away - very Helpful& friendly - please share a big thank you to your staff epically the captains on the water.

by Marc A. - Verified user on Aug 10, 2020
It was great as always love the Boston Harbor Islands Marc

by Donna C. - Verified user on Aug 10, 2020
Kevin was a pleasure to deal with. Easy Peasy

by Jen M. - Verified user on Jul 27, 2020
George’s Island is a great day trip. Spectacular views and tons of history.

by Mark w. - Verified user on Jul 26, 2020
Awesome day on the water. So glad I didn’t have to anchor, my small boat would’ve lost its hold. Channel was a bit wavy from all the boat traffic. DCR came around to check everyone’s reservations which is good.

by Paul L. - Verified user on Jul 21, 2020
Very easy to use and quick response.

by Mary K. - Verified user on Jul 20, 2020
The reservation was easy and Kevin from DCR was very helpful. Problem was that I was assigned mooring G17 at George’s Island and there was no mooring marked 17. All moorings were taken. Another call to Kevin revealed that there were two mooring balls in the field marked 18. The outer one was supposed to be 17. Squatter left without difficulty. Twenty minutes after arrival we were on our mooring.

by Christopher Z. - Verified user on Jul 13, 2020
The mooring was well marked and in great shape, we enjoyed a lovely stay for a few hours while we grill, swam and enjoyed watching all the boats go by through Nubble and The Narrows. All for $10, what a bargain!!!

by Richard W. - Verified user on Jul 05, 2020
Mooring balls looked well maintained. Very cool views ashore as well as open access to explore the fort. Looking forward to going back. Seas were quieter than at Peddocks.

by Candace Y. - Verified user on Jul 05, 2020
We appreciate the moorings at the Boston harbor islands, especially in the summer of social distancing. Thank you!

by Tom M. - Verified user on Jun 22, 2020
Beautiful location ruined by washing machine action during the weekend day due to idiotic boaters at full throttle through Nubble Channel and along the Gallops and George’s Island Mooring fields. They should be designated a no wake zone. Nice and quiet come sundown. Pendent were a complete mess and should be cleaned regularly. Makes one wonder what the underwater parts look like. The area could be perfect for a little speed enforcement and maintenance.

by Eli M. - Verified user on May 23, 2020
Nice spot and nice new moorings

by Jesse H. - Verified user on Sep 02, 2019
Georges is a great site for a picnic and short hike. The other reviewers are right that the mooring field is exposed. Might make for a poor night's sleep, but a very enjoyable daytrip. Kudos to the NPS for upgrading their mooring options this year. Or maybe kudos to the Mass State Parks people, since the islands are jointly run I think. Don't know who improved the mooring fields, but it is a great improvement. Not sure I'm keen on the plans for a luxury hotel on Peddocks on the other hand.

by Jack N. - Verified user on Aug 25, 2019
Ft. Warren ok, but no upkeep due to lack of funding. Lots of Canadien Geese fecal matter all over the place. If you boat there be advised no dingy dock. You have to beach your dingy. Mine was filled with water and sand upon my return. UGH!

by Brian H. - Verified user on Aug 11, 2019
Pulled up a mooring to have lunch - delightful, easy to access

by Tom K. - Verified user on Aug 06, 2019
The moorings are great, a real plus for enjoying the harbor. However while we had a reservation, they were all taken when we arrived, and we had to wait till a boat left. Seems to me that it's actually a free for all, regardless of reservations.

by Skip A. - Verified user on Aug 05, 2019
The island is great. I took a tour with a period actor Doctor Mcgill I thin it was who was a prisoner of war n th4eIsland. It was spectacular. Really well done. the food in the restaurant is a joke though. You really have to get a real restaurant in there.

by Edward V. - Verified user on Aug 04, 2019
Great mooring field!

by Derek E. - Verified user on Aug 02, 2019
Beautiful spot to watch a sunset.

by Jim D. - Verified user on Jul 29, 2019
High quality mooring

by Michael K. - Verified user on Jul 21, 2019
The mooring balls are a great addition to the George’s Island area. The person monitoring the area was very friendly. THANKS

by Frank V. - Verified user on Jul 15, 2019
Great location. Secure moorings.

by Laurel F. - Verified user on Jul 15, 2019
Really nice to be able to visit the islands and be so close to Boston at the same time. Love the history at George's Island.

by Michael C. - Verified user on Jul 06, 2019
Great to see the additional moorings , worked great for us.

by Ed B. - Verified user on Jul 05, 2019
It was unclear which mooring field was being managed by Dockwa / Georges island. No one answered the VHF radio call )Ch16 or CH69) or cell phone number

by Kenneth S. - Verified user on Jul 04, 2019
No issue - only one there Hopefully you will be able to assign mooring number when the moorings start to be used.

About Boston Harbor Islands: Georges Island

Georges Island is home to historic Fort Warren, one of Boston's premier historic sites for Civil War-era history. Visitors can explore the fort's graceful granite archways, or catch stunning views of the Harbor and Boston Light from the ramparts. The island also features shade shelters and picnic areas with scenic water views.

Georges Island features two mooring areas, with options to moor close to Georges Island or across the channel adjacent to Gallops Island. The views from the Gallops mooring field of Ft. Warren are spectacular. Please note that Gallops Island is closed to public access.

The park is open from dawn until dusk, with facilities open during ferry operating hours. Reservations are available for both daytime and overnight use. Please note that pets are not permitted in the park. To find more information about park regulations and available activities on the island, please visit

Booking Info

Max LOA: 40'

Max Beam: 18'

Max Draft: 7'



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