From Boston Harbor Islands: The graceful granite archways of historic Fort Warren will greet you as you arrive for your visit to Georges Island. This Civil War-era fort is the main attraction of Georges Island and it is sure to bring out your inner history enthusiast. The construction of Fort Warren, built to protect Boston, began in 1833 and took nearly two decades to complete. Nearly obsolete upon completion, the island was used as a training facility for Union soldiers during the Civil War. During your next trip to Georges Island, enjoy a picnic, explore with a ranger-guided tour, or stop by the visitor center to delve into history — and be sure to ask about the legend of the Lady in Black!
The approaches to Georges from the north are clean. There’s a large foul area extending southeast of the island which requires any boat with a keel to carefully respect the buoys.
Boats frequently anchor off the northwest corner of the island, where there is a shelf of 25 feet at low, out of traffic lanes, and reasonably protected except from the south and west.
There is an extensive cable area between Georges and Gallops, though, which claims more than its share of anchors every summer. I contributed one a few years ago and now rig a tripline whenever I anchor here.
There are moorings off the west side of Georges which can be reserved and paid for on Dockwa. They are a simple alternative to the tripline anchoring described above.
The floating docks at Georges were removed so the pier could be rebuilt. It is not clear if they will be replaced.
Not for navigation. Charts are not updated.
Facilities / Fitting Out
Georges has no supplies for a boat. There is water, toilets and a seasonal snack bar ashore.
Boston Harbor Island National and State Park
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