About Kettle Island

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White faced ibis © Craig Gibson
White-faced ibis © Craig Gibson

Kettle Island is an uninhabited rocky island located off the coast of Manchester-by-the Sea. Much of the island is vegetated with a dense cover of low trees, shrubs, thorns, and copious amounts of poison ivy.

You can view wildlife from small boats and kayaks, but landing on the island is prohibited so as not to disturb this important colony of nesting birds.



Trail Mileage

None: The island has no trails or boat landing areas

Sanctuary Highlights

Property Regulations

  • Do not land on the island or walk on the island. View wildlife from boat or kayak with care; there are numerous rocks in the shallow water near the island.
  • Avoid any activities while viewing from afar that might disturb nesting birds during spring and summer  
  • Refrain from launching, operating, or retrieving drones or other remote-controlled aerial vehicles