Belle Isle Marsh Reservation

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Belle Isle Marsh Reservation
Metropolitan Park System of Greater Boston
Country United States
State Massachusetts
County Suffolk
Municipality Boston
Location Bennington Street
 - elevation 0 ft (0 m)
 - coordinates 42°23′20″N 70°59′26″W / 42.38889°N 70.99056°W / 42.38889; -70.99056Coordinates: 42°23′20″N 70°59′26″W / 42.38889°N 70.99056°W / 42.38889; -70.99056
Area 152 acres (62 ha) [1]
Founded 1985
Management Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation
Location of Belle Isle Marsh Reservation
Website: Belle Isle Marsh Reservation
U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Belle Isle Marsh Reservation
Belle Isle Marsh, East Boston

Belle Isle Marsh Reservation is a Massachusetts state park located in East Boston. The park is managed by the Department of Conservation and Recreation.


Belle Isle Marsh Reservation preserves 152 acres (62 ha) of the 241-acre (98 ha) Belle Isle Marsh. This is the last remaining salt marsh within Boston.[1][2] These marshes once used to be prevalent along the Massachusetts Bay shoreline.

The marsh is home to multiple species of saltmarsh plants, fish, and shellfish, most rare in a metropolitan area.


Formerly an actual island,[3] Belle Isle was also called Hog's Island and later Breeds Island.[4] Part of the island is now Orient Heights.

Activities and amenities[edit]

Features of the reservation include landscaped pathways, benches, and an observation tower. The park has handicap access.[2] A portion of the Boston Harborwalk runs through the reservation.


  1. ^ a b Protected and recreational open space datalayer, Office of Geographic and Environmental Information (MassGIS), Commonwealth of Massachusetts Executive Office of Environmental Affairs -
  2. ^ a b "Belle Isle Marsh Reservation". MassParks. Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, Department of Conservation and Recreation. Retrieved August 22, 2013. 
  3. ^ See, e.g., Middlesex Canal map, 1852.
  4. ^ "Island Facts: Belle Isle". Boston Harbor Islands. National Park Service. 

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