Weepecket Islands

The Weepecket Islands are a group of three islands which are part of the Elizabeth Islands of Dukes County, Massachusetts, United States. They are located off the north shore of Naushon Island, the largest of the Elizabeth Islands. Together the three Weepeckets have a land area of 0.051 km2 (0.02 sq mi, or 12.6 acres). The islands were used as a United States Navy practice target for bombs, rockets, and machine guns from 1941 to 1957.[2] There are no signs on the islands anymore due to a bonfire in the summer of 2005.

Weepecket Islands
Weepecket Islands is located in Massachusetts
Weepecket Islands
Weepecket Islands
Weepecket Islands is located in the United States
Weepecket Islands
Weepecket Islands
Coordinates41°31′00″N 70°44′08″W / 41.5167749°N 70.7355863°W / 41.5167749; -70.7355863Coordinates: 41°31′00″N 70°44′08″W / 41.5167749°N 70.7355863°W / 41.5167749; -70.7355863[1]
ArchipelagoElizabeth Islands
Total islands4
Highest elevation2 ft (0.6 m)
United States
CountyDukes County
The Elizabeth Islands
Islands listed in order from east to west:
Major Islands:
Nonamesset Uncatena Naushon Pasque Nashawena Penikese Cuttyhunk
Minor Islands:
Bachelor Baret Bull Cedar Gosnold Gull Rock Veckatimest Weepecket Islands

Today, the islands are uninhabited.[3] and are a popular breeding ground for double-crested cormorants.


  1. ^ "Weepecket Islands". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2018-08-20.
  2. ^ "Weepecket Islands-U.S. Navy Bombing Practice Area" (PDF). United States Army Corps of Engineers. Retrieved 20 July 2013.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-06-07. Retrieved 2006-06-24.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)