Hipcamp host Ryan C.,
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Rated #1 Hipcamp site in Massachusetts by Outdoor Magazine for 2020! Enjoy the sights and sounds of off-the-grid coastal living at the Bakers Island Light Campsite. Set up your tent on a raised platform and take in the beauty of Salem Sound. Meet the summer lighthouse keepers, stroll through island trails, and unwind...just three miles off the coast of Salem!

Getting t


Rated #1 Hipcamp site in Massachusetts by Outdoor Magazine for 2020! Enjoy the sights and sounds of off-the-grid coastal living at the Bakers Island Light Campsite. Set up your tent on a raised platform and take in the beauty of Salem Sound. Meet the summer lighthouse keepers, stroll through island trails, and unwind...just three miles off the coast of Salem!

Getting to camp: PLEASE READ - the only way to get to Bakers Island Light Campsite is by boat. You have three options: 1) Use your own kayaks and paddle out to our beach (this is recommended for advanced kayakers only). 2) Take our landing craft, Naumkeag, out to the island for $70 per person. (Boat departs from Blaney Street dock on Friday at noon and picks you up from the Island on Sunday at noon).  FREE overnight parking is available there. 3) Take your own boat, and rent a mooring for $35 a night (you will need your own dinghy to get ashore).

Essex Heritage is the non-profit organization that operates and maintains the 10-acre light station at Bakers Island, with the mission of public access and preservation. 

We are adhering to current safety recommendations, and following state and federal guidelines regarding COVID-19 in order to reduce the risk of exposure to the virus. We will also implement our own guidelines to help mitigate the risk further. For more details, please read the Rules and Safety section of this listing. 

PLEASE NOTE: The $40 per night covers 4 people per site, you may bring up to 2 additional people for $10 per person per night (this additional fee will be charged by our on site lighthouse keepers when you check in). The absolute capacity for each site is 6 people, and you must provide us with each guests name prior to arrival. (If you are taking our transportation, and plan on having more than 4 people, please check with us in advance to see if there is enough room on our boat to accommodate everyone)

Campsite area
Bring your own tents
2 sites
Up to 4 guests per site
No wheelchair access
Toilet available
No campfires
No pets
Picnic table available
No potable water
No kitchen
No showers
No wifi
Remove your rubbish
Have a question? Send Ryan a message!
  • Check in: After 12PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Strict
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 2 nights
  • Accepts bookings: 12 months out
  • Response time: Within 24 hours
  • Response rate: 71%


Offered on the Host's property or nearby.


You can rent our mooring for $35 a night, let us know if you would like to do this.


Must bring a valid Massachusetts fishing license.


If you would like to bring a kayak with you on our boat please let us know ahead of time.


Beach is very rocky we suggest swim shoes if you plan to swim.

Wildlife watching

Good bird watching


Natural features you'll find at Bakers Island Light Campsite in Massachusetts.


Rocky beach (not sand)


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Hipcamper Jean

Peace and beauty in a crazy world

Jean M.
recommends this listing.
(Site 2)
September 1st, 2021

I camped alone in this magical place. The wooden tent platforms are well spaced in an open field with ocean views. There is a shed for use by campers to store things, and it has a refrigerator- great for hot days, so my food kept well, and I alway had cold water. There is also a rain barrel with water for washing.
The island is beautifully landscaped, with short trails for exploring. I found the combined smells of the grass, plants, trees and ocean intoxicating! There are plenty of birds and bees and flora and ocean views to watch. I felt immensely meditative and relaxed.
The hosts are incredible- they help you lug your stuff up from the landing, They are very knowledgeable about the history and the workings of the island, and of the beautiful lighthouse. And if you want alone time, they are very respectful of your privacy.
The birds enthusiastically wake you at daybreak to watch the sunrise. The sunsets are equally spectacular. I left the island feeling wistful, but renewed.

Hipcamper Colby


Colby S.
recommends this listing.
(Site 2)
August 30th, 2021

It’s like a dream. Wonderful hosts and incredible views! So grateful for the time, and thank you Tara and Brian for the awesome experience!

Hipcamper Andrew
Andrew R.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
August 29th, 2021

Fantastic spot. Will definitely come back

Hipcamper Britta
Britta P.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
July 11th, 2021

Absolutely wonderful experience! Perfect location with super friendly and helpful hosts! We loved it and will be back next year!

Hipcamper CARL ULI

The most precious bonding weekend.

Carl Uli B.
recommends this listing.
(Site 2)
July 3rd, 2021

My six year old son and I had a fantastic time camping on Bakers Island. We loved being so close to nature and the hosts were so warm and welcoming.

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Hipcamper Alexis
Alexis R.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
June 28th, 2021

We had such a fantastic time at Bakers Island - it exceeded all of our expectations. The campsite was perfect - raised platform, chairs under shade, a picnic table, and a gas grill. We even had use of a fridge for food and a charging station. The lighthouse keepers were incredibly gracious, helpful, and happy to answer any questions. Ranging around the lighthouse grounds on the various trails and playing lawn games was an added bonus. Important that you are prepared to bring all of your food and water and pack out completely. Also great that you can sail or kayak to the island if you are prepared to land/unload on the rocky beach.

Outhouse (composting toilet) and shed.View of campsite 1 from outhouseView from campsite 1 out to the water
Hipcamper David
David O.
recommends this listing.
(Site 2)
June 27th, 2021

Great hosts, and great island!

Hipcamper Mike

Best camping experience!

Mike D.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
June 21st, 2021

Everything about this experience was great. Lighthouse keepers Brian and Tara were incredibly friendly, helpful and knowledgeable of the island and it's history. Both met me at the landing spot when I arrived by kayak and even helped hauling the kayak above the high-tide point. Later in the day as I was wandering around I bumped into Brian and he went out of his way to show me some old photos and talk about the history of the lighthouse and property. The camp site is amazing! The view is incredible and everything is very well kept and tidy. The composting toilet was excellent and clean. There was even a shed that we could put a few bags in if campers wanted -with a charging station. The tent platforms are excellent and the way they are situated you don't see the other platform from your platform so it seems very private with your own unobstructed view of the ocean (mine was facing Misery Island.) Keep in mind if you are kayaking, Tuck’s Point in Manchester is a pretty good location to put in (about 2 miles to baker’s Island from there) but you can’t leave your car there so it’s only an option for drop-off. If you need to leave your car somewhere, Independence Park or Sandy Beach Boat Ramp, both in Beverly, usually has enough parking along Lothrop St. It’s almost 5 miles to Bakers Island from those spots. Salem Sound is fairly protected but depending on the direction of the wind it can get rough and the water stays quite cold through June so experience, a wetsuit and the ability to self-rescue is important. Boat traffic can also be fairly high in the summer, especially between Misery and Bakers Island. So worth it though!

The view.Bakers Island Lighthouse at left. Landing spot directly behind me.
Hipcamper Dan
Dan P.
recommends this listing.
(Site 2)
June 20th, 2021

Amazing spot, great keepers.


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