Straitsmouth Island Wildlife Sanctuary

Aerial view of Straitsmouth Island Wildlife Sanctuary © Thacher Island Association
© Thacher Island Association

Encompassing most of a rocky island 500 feet from the mainland in Rockport, the wildlife sanctuary is adjacent to the town-owned historic lighthouse and lies within a designated Important Bird Area.  

Location: Off the coast of Rockport, MA (accessible by kayak) 
Hours: Open June 1-August 31, sunrise to sunset

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Explore the Trails

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Explore the Trails

The 1/3-mile trail through the center of the island passes several historic points of interest along the way. View map >

Important Bird Area

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Important Bird Area (IBA)

This island serves as a critical summer nesting site for seabirds and wading birds. Learn more >