Belle Isle Marsh
Bennington Street, East Boston
Open year-round, 9:00 a.m. to dusk. Belle Isle
Marsh Reservation preserves 152 acres of the 241-acre Belle Isle
Marsh, Boston's last remaining salt
marsh. A unique place to explore, the reservation exemplifies the
type of wetlands that once lined the Massachusetts Bay shore.
of flourishing plant life have made the marsh more fertile than
the richest farm land. Its protected waters are nurseries to fish
and shellfish and are critical habitat to many saltmarsh plants
and wildlife rare to the metropolitan area. In addition to the
of the natural areas of the marsh, the DCR manages 28 acres of
landscaped park with pathways, benches and an observation tower.
Guided walks explain the natural and cultural history of Belle
Isle. Topics covered include saltmarsh ecology and the history of
man's use of and the impact on the marsh. Special programs for community
and school groups can also be arranged by contacting the reservation.
MBTA: Blue Line to Suffolk Downs Station, exit onto Bennington Street,
turn left, the entrance is 500 yards on the right.
From the south take Rt. 93 north through the Callahan Tunnel
onto Rt. 1A, take the second exit (Winthrop/Chelsea) onto Bennington
Street. Continue 1.5 miles to the main entrance on the right. From
the north take Rt. 1A south, left at the Ramada Inn sign in East
Boston and follow Boardman Street to Bennington Street. Take a
left onto Bennington, continue for 1/2 mile, entrance is on the