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Maine lighthouses in Mid Coast Region are among the grandest of all


Sailing from Ports in Rockland, Rockport and Camden, ME, 04843 Phone: 207-374-2993 Toll-Free: 800-807-9463

Coastal Maine life embraces you on a windjammer cruise

We’ve all seen gorgeous photos of classic Maine lighthouses viewed from the land. Change your perspective and get a sailor’s eye view of the lighthouses while you enjoy the experience of a lifetime on a Maine windjammer cruise. These majestic merchant ships, built in the 19th century to carry cargo, have three to five masts and square sails; a view of them moving the Maine coast is riveting. The Maine Windjammer Association operates nine of these ships out of ports in the Midcoast towns of Rockland and Camden. All-inclusive cruises of three to six days take you among spectacular scenery, views of eagles and porpoises, and magical islands. Meals are made for a hearty appetites: fish chowders, lobster; blueberry pancakes. Is there a sailor in your soul?

Doubling Point Lighthouse

Location: Arrowsic Island, Kennebec River

Accessibility: The grounds are open to the public, but the lighthouse and keeper's house are not. Limited parking at the lighthouse station. The lighthouse can be seen from sightseeing cruises in the area. The facility: Lighthouse built in 1898. Light flashes white every four seconds.

Brown's Head Lighthouse

Location: Northwest end of Vinalhaven Island

Accessibility: The lighthouse is the residence of the Vinalhaven town manager. The grounds are open to the public, but the lighthouse is not. The facility: Active U.S. Coast Guard aid to navigation. Lighthouse built in 1857. Light is fixed white with two red sectors; fog signal is one blast every 10 seconds.

Pond Island Lighthouse

Near Popham Beach

Accessibility: The lighthouse is not open to the public. The island can be reached only by boat, and landing is very difficult. The best views are from sightseeing cruises in the area. The facility: Active U.S. Coast Guard aid to navigation; island managed by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (207-546-2124). Lighthouse built: 1855. Fog signal is two blasts every 30 seconds.

Saddleback Ledge Lighthouse

Location: Isle au Haut Bay

Accessibility: The lighthouse is not open to the public. It is best seen by boat.
The facility: Active U.S. Coast Guard aid to navigation. Lighthouse built in 1839. Light flashes white every six seconds; fog signal is one blast every 10 seconds.

The Cuckolds Lighthouse

Location: Boothbay Harbor approach, off Cape Newagen

Accessibility: The lighthouse is not open to the public; it is accessible by boat and helicopter only. Views are possible from the public landing in Southport and from sightseeing cruises out of Boothbay Harbor. The facility: Active U.S. Coast Guard aid to navigation. Lighthouse built in 1907. Light flashes two white flashes every six seconds; fog signal is one blast every 15 seconds.

Indian Island Lighthouse

Location: Rockport Harbor, Penobscot Bay

Accessibility: The lighthouse is privately owned and is not open to the public. It is best seen from Rockport Marine Park and from cruises in the area. The facility: Lighthouse built in 1875.

Pemaquid Point Lighthouse

Location: Entrance to Muscongus Bay and John Bay Bristol, ME, 04558 Phone:

Accessibility: Tower is open to the public daily, Memorial Day to Columbus Day, 1-5 p.m. The tower might be closed on rainy days or if there are no volunteers available.
Directions: From US Route 1 in Damariscotta, take ME 130 south to Bristol (about 14.5 miles). The route leads to the parking lot (small fee) at Pemaquid Point. The Fishermen's Museum is located in the keeper’s house. Contact the museum at 207-677-2494. Note: Visitors should be careful not to go too far out on the rocks -- people have been seriously injured and a few have been killed by waves. The facility:Lighthouse built in 1835. Light flashes white every six seconds.

Tenants Harbor Lighthouse (Southern Island Light)

Location: Southern Island, Tenants Harbor, Penobscot Bay

Accessibility: The island is privately owned and is not open to the public. It is best seen by boat. The facility: Lighthouse built in 1857.

Two Bush Island Lighthouse

Location: Two Bush Channel, Penobscot Bay

Accessibility: The lighthouse is not open to the public. The lighthouse is best viewed by boat. The facility: Active U.S. Coast Guard aid to navigation, maintained by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as part of Franklin Island National Wildlife Refuge (207-546-2124). Station established in 1897. Light flashes white every five seconds with a red sector; fog signal is one blast every 15 seconds.

Perkins Island Lighthouse

Location: Perkins Island, Kennebec River

Accessibility: The island is reached by boat only. The tower and buildings are closed to the public. The station is best seen from sightseeing cruises in the area. The facility: Lighthouse built in 1898. Light flashes red every 2.5 seconds with two white sectors.

Hendricks Head Lighthouse

Location: Sheepscot River entrance

Accessibility: The lighthouse and grounds are not open to the public. Views are possible from a beach in West Southport. The facility: Active U.S. Coast Guard aid to navigation; property is privately owned. Lighthouse built in 1875. Light is fixed white with a red sector.

Grindel Point Lighthouse and Sailors' Memorial Museum

Location: Gilkey Harbor Islesboro, ME, 04848 Phone: 207-734-2253

Accessibility: Islesboro can be reached via ferry from Lincolnville Beach. The lighthouse is close to the ferry landing. The Sailor’s Memorial Museum in the keeper's house is maintained by the town of Islesboro (207-734-2253). The facility: Active U.S. Coast Guard aid to navigation. Lighthouse built in 1874. Light flashes green every four seconds.

Fort Point Lighthouse

Location: Mouth of the Penobscot River

Accessibility: This lighthouse is part of historic Fort Point State Park, on the mouth of the Penobscot River. There is free parking near the lighthouse and Fort Pownall, within Fort Point State Historic Site. The lighthouse is not open except by prior arrangement.
The facility:
Active U.S. Coast Guard aid to navigation. Managed by Fort Point State Historic Site (207-567-3356). Lighthouse built in 1857. Light is fixed white; fog signal is one blast every 10 seconds.

Monhegan Island Light and Museum

1 Lighthouse Hill Monhegan, ME, 04852 Phone: 207-596-7003

Accessibility: The lighthouse grounds and the Monhegan Historical and Cultural Museum in the keeper's house are open to the public. The museum is open daily, July 1-August 31, 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.; June 23-June 30 and September 1-September 30, 12:30-2:30 p.m.
The facility: Active U.S. Coast Guard aid to navigation. Present lighthouse built in 1850. Light flashes white every 15 seconds. The Monhegan Museum in the keeper's house, maintained by Monhegan Historical and Cultural Museum Association, displays a wide variety of exhibits relevant to the natural, social, industrial, cultural, and artistic history of Monhegan. Exhibit topics include lobstering and fishing, early Indian life, European explorers, early settlers, shipwrecks, domestic life, paintings by the island art community; and ice cutting.

Owls Head Light House

Owls Head Light State Park Owls Head, ME Phone: 207-941-4014

Location: West Penobscot Bay, entrance to Rockland Harbor

Accessibility: The lighthouse is located in Owls Head Light State Park. There is a large parking area near the lighthouse, and the grounds are open to the public. The lighthouse and keeper's house are not open to the public. The facility: Lighthouse built in 1825. Light flashes fixed white; fog signal is two blasts every 20 seconds.

Goose Rocks Lighthouse

Location: Fox Islands Thorofare, Penobscot Bay

Accessibility: The lighthouse is not open to the public; it is best seen by boat. The facility: Active U.S. Coast Guard aid to navigation. Lighthouse built in 1890. Light flashes red every six seconds with a white sector; fog signal is one blast every 10 seconds.

Squirrel Point Lighthouse

Location: Arrowsic Island, Kennebec River

Accessibility: The lighthouse is not open to the public, but the station is accessible via a trail at the end of Bald Head Road in Arrowsic. Views are also available from cruises in the area. The facility: Active U.S. Coast Guard aid to navigation. Station established in 1898. Light flashes alternating three seconds red, three seconds darkness, with a white sector; fog signal is one blast every 10 seconds.

Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse

Location: Jameson Point, Rockland Harbor

Accessibility:The lighthouse is at the end of a 7/8-mile-long breakwater. It is open weekends in summer from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, contact the Friends of the Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse at 207-785-4609.
The facility:Active U.S. Coast Guard aid to navigation. Lighthouse built in 1902. Light flashes white every five seconds; fog signal is one blast every 15 seconds.

Ram Island Lighthouse

Location: Fisherman's Passage, Boothbay Harbor

Accessibility: The grounds are open by appointment; call 207-882-9721. The station is best seen from cruises leaving Boothbay Harbor and the Maine Maritime Museum in Bath. The facility: Active U.S. Coast Guard aid to navigation. Lighthouse built in 1883. Light flashes three seconds red alternating with three seconds darkness; fog signal is one blast every 30 seconds.

Marshall Point Lighthouse and Museum

Location: Entrance to Port Clyde Harbor Port Clyde, ME, 04855 Phone:

Accessibility: The grounds are open to the public; the lighthouse is not open. Directions: From the intersection of Routes 1 and 131 it is 15.2 miles to Marshall Point. Take Route 131 and at mile 14.5 turn left off Route 131 at the blue Marshall Point directional sign, then right onto Marshall Point Road. Parking lot on the right before the lighthouse grounds. Museum hours: Weekends in May, 1-5 p.m.; Memorial Day through Columbus Day, Sunday-Friday, 1-5 p.m. and Saturdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Information: www.marshallpoint.org.
The facility: Located at entrance to Port Clyde Harbor. The nearest town is St. George. The Marshall Point Lighthouse Museum, on the same grounds as the lighthouse in Port Clyde, has exhibits on local quarry and bolstering history; lighthouse memorabilia; albums of local history; a gift shop offering local artwork and items by local craftsmen. Lighthouse built in 1857 and automated in 1971. Light is fixed and white; Fog signal is one blast every 10 seconds.

Curtis Island Lighthouse

Location: Camden Harbor

Accessibility: The island is a public park but is accessible only by boat. The lighthouse is not open to the public. The lighthouse is most easily seen from sightseeing cruises leaving Camden Harbor. The facility: Active U.S. Coast Guard aid to navigation. Maintained by the town of Camden (207-236-3353). Lighthouse built in 1896. Light is occulting green, four seconds (four seconds of green followed by one second of darkness).

Franklin Island Lighthouse

Location: Muscongus Bay

Accessibility: By boat only. The lighthouse is not open to the public. The facility: Active U.S. Coast Guard aid to navigation. Franklin Island is part of: Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge (207-546-2124). Lighthouse built in 1855. Light flashes white every six seconds.

Whitehead Island Lighthouse

Location: Whitehead Island, Penobscot Bay

Accessibility: The lighthouse is best seen by boat. The lighthouse station is not open to the public except by special arrangement. The facility: Active U.S. Coast Guard aid to navigation. Maintained by Pine Island Camp (207-465 3031 or 207-729 7714). Lighthouse built in 1852. Light flashes green, eclipsed by black every 4 seconds; fog signal is two blasts every 30 seconds.

Seguin Lighthouse

Location: About 1.5 miles south of the mouth of the Kennebec River, near Popham Beach

Accessibility: The island is open to private boaters, and there are cruises available from Bath, Freeport and Popham Beach. The lighthouse is open for occasional tours. The facility: Active U.S. Coast Guard aid to navigation Property maintained by the Friends of Seguin Island, Inc. Lighthouse built in 1857. Light is fixed white; fog signal is two blasts every 20 seconds.

Burnt Island Lighthouse

Location: Entrance to Boothbay Harbor

Accessibility: Grounds only are open to the public. A three-hour public tour and educational program is offered June 28 to September 3, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. and 12:45 p.m. Balmy Days Cruises at Pier 8 in Boothbay Harbor serves as the ferry to the island. Call 207-633-2284 for more information on the tours. Contact the Boothbay Harbor Region Chamber of Commerce at 207-633-2353 for information on other area cruises. Also, the Maine Maritime Museum in Bath offers cruises in summer; some of them land at Burnt Island. Call 207-443-1316 for information. The facility: Active U.S. Coast Guard aid to navigation. Lighthouse built in 1821. Light flashes red every six seconds; fog signal is one blast. Property is managed by the Maine Department of Marine Resources in West Boothbay Harbor (207-633-9559).

Matinicus Rock Lighthouse

Location: About five miles from Matinicus Island, Penobscot Bay

Accessibility: The island is maintained as a bird sanctuary and access is very limited. The facility: Active U.S. Coast Guard aid to navigation; the lighthouse station is owned by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Lighthouse built in 1857; Light flashes white every 10 seconds; fog signal is one blast every 15 seconds.

Heron Neck Lighthouse

Location: Greens Island, entrance to Hurricane Sound

Accessibility: The lighthouse is not open to the public; it is best viewed by boat. The facility: Active U.S. Coast aid to navigation. Maintained by Island Institute (207-594-9209). Lighthouse built in 1854. Light is fixed red with a white sector; fog signal is one blast every 30 seconds.