Maine Open Lighthouse Day

September 12, 2015

This popular annual event, which is sponsored by the United States Coast Guard, the Maine Office of Tourism and the American Lighthouse Foundation, attracts between 15,000 to 18,000 visitors each year and offers the general public the rare opportunity to climb and learn about over two dozen historic Maine lights.

List of participating sites:

(All lighthouses will be open 9:00 am to 3:00 pm unless otherwise noted)

Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse

Bass Harbor Lighthouse
Location: Bass Harbor, Mount Desert Island

Historic Buildings Open: Light tower only.

How to Get There: Land based.

Coordinates: 44°13′ 19″ N 68°20′ 14″ W

The lighthouse is an active Coast Guard aid to navigation and contains a beautiful fourth order Fresnel lens. The light station’s historic buildings are cared for by the USCG.

Burnt Coat Harbor Lighthouse

Burnt Coat Harbor Lighthouse
Location: Swan’s Island (offshore)

Historic Buildings Open: Light tower and keeper’s house

Special Activities: TBD

How to Get There: Maine State Ferry from Bass Harbor to Swan’s Island. Please see ferry’s website for schedule and fees at: www.maine.gov/mdot/msfs/swansisland.htm or call (207) 244-3254.

Coordinates: 44°08′ 03″ N 68°26′ 50″ W

The lighthouse is an active Coast Guard aid to navigation. The light station is owned by the Town of Swan’s Island, and the historic buildings are cared for by the nonprofit Friends of Swan’s Island Lighthouse. For more info, visit: www.burntcoatharborlight.com

Burnt Island Lighthouse

Burnt Island Lighthouse
Location: Boothbay Harbor (offshore)

NOTE SPECIAL TIME: TBD

Historic Buildings Open: Light tower and keeper’s house (Living history museum inside)

How to Get There: Offshore…access from Pier 8 via Balmy Days Cruises, Boothbay Harbor. Please see website for schedule and fees at: www.balmydayscruises.com or call (207) 633-2284.

The lighthouse is an active Coast Guard aid to navigation. The light station’s historic buildings are owned and managed by the Maine Department of Marine Resources. For more info, visit: www.maine.gov/dmr/burntisland/index.htm

Coordinates: 43°49′ 31″ N 69°38′ 27″ W

Curtis Island Lighthouse

Curtis Island Lighthouse
Location: Camden Harbor (offshore)

Historic Buildings Open: Light tower only

How to Get There: Offshore…visitors must find their own transportation to the island. Kayak tours may be available from Camden Harbor.

Coordinates: 44°12′ 06″ N 69°02′ 54″ W

Doubling Point Lighthouse

Doubling Point Light
Location: Arrowsic, Kennebec River (land-based)

Historic Buildings Open: Light tower only
Special Activities: TBD

Visitors will have the chance to meet Karen and Danny McLean, former Coast Guard keepers at Doubling Point and Doubling Point Range Lights.

How to Get There: Land based

Coordinates:
43°52′ 57″ N 69°48′ 25″ W

The lighthouse is an active Coast Guard aid to navigation. The lighthouse is owned and managed by the Friends of Doubling Point Lighthouse. The remainder of the light station’s historic buildings are privately owned (please respect the owners privacy). For more info, visit: www.doublingpoint.org

Dyce Head Lighthouse

Dyce Head Lighthouse
Location: Castine (land-based)

Historic Buildings Open: Light tower only

How to Get There: Land based

Coordinates: 44°22′ 57″ N 68°49′ 07″ W

The lighthouse is an active aid to navigation. The light station’s historic buildings are owned and managed by the Town of Castine. The keeper’s house is a private residence (please respect the tenant’s privacy).

Fort Point Lighthouse

Fort Point Lighthouse
Location: Stockton Springs (land-based)

Historic Buildings Open: Light tower (contains a Fresnel lens) and bell tower (exhibits inside)

Special Activities: Visitors will have an opportunity to view a full scale Steven’s apparatus in the bell tower and actually ring the bell by using the striker.

How to Get There: Land based

Coordinates: 44°28′ 02″ N 68°48′ 42″ W

The lighthouse is an active Coast Guard aid to navigation and contains a beautiful fourth order Fresnel lens. The light station’s historic buildings are owned by the State of Maine and managed by the Fort Point State Historic Site. The keeper’s house is the residence of the Park Ranger and his family (please respect their privacy).

Goat Island Lighthouse

Goat Island Lighthouse
Location: Cape Porpoise (offshore)

NOTE SPECIAL TIME: TBD

Historic Buildings Open: Light tower and keeper’s house

Special Activities: Monitors are set up as a walking museum in the covered walkway between the keeper’s house and lighthouse, which show old photos of lightkeepers, island life and a home video from the Worrell’s, who were keepers at Goat Island from 1968 to 1972.

How to Get There: Offshore…access from the Cape Porpoise Pier. Please call Captain Kevin Kennedy at (207) 831-3663 for schedule and fees of boat transportation to the island. If you enjoy kayaking, please call Kayak Excursions at (888) 925-7496 or Coastal Maine Kayak at (207) 967-6065 for rates and details.

Coordinates: 43°21′ 30″ N 70°25′ 30″ W

The lighthouse is an active Coast Guard aid to navigation. The light station’s historic buildings are owned and managed by the Kennebunkport Conservation Trust. For more info, visit: www.kporttrust.org

Grindle Point Lighthouse

Grindle Point Light
Location: Islesboro (offshore)

Historic Buildings Open: Light tower and keeper’s house (Museum & gift shop inside)

How to Get There: Maine State Ferry from Lincolnville to the island of Islesboro. Please see ferry’s website for schedule and fees at: www.maine.gov/mdot/msfs/islesboro.htm or call (207) 633-2284.

Coordinates: 44°16′ 56″ N 68°56′ 34″ W

The lighthouse is an active Coast Guard aid to navigation. The light station’s historic buildings are owned and managed by the Town of Islesboro. For more info, visit: http://townofislesboro.com/departments/grindle-point-sailors-museum/

Kennebec River Range Front Light

Kennebec River Range Light
Location: Arrowsic (land-based)

Historic Buildings Open: The front range light (the rear range light can be viewed at a distance)

How to Get There: Land based

Coordinates: 43°53′ 00″ N 69°47′ 42″ W

The lighthouse is an active Coast Guard aid to navigation. The two historic light towers (front and rear range) are owned and managed by The Range Light Keepers. For more info, visit: www.rlk.org

Marshall Point Lighthouse

Marshall Point Light
Location: Port Clyde (land-based)

NOTE SPECIAL TIME: TBD

Historic Buildings Open: Light tower and keeper’s house (Museum & gift shop inside)

How to Get There: Land based

Coordinates: 43°55′ 03″ N 69°15′ 41″ W

The lighthouse is an active Coast Guard aid to navigation. The light station’s historic buildings are owned and managed by the St. George Historical Society. For more info, visit: www.marshallpoint.org

Monhegan Island Lighthouse

Monhegan Lighthouse
Location: Monhegan Island (offshore)

NOTE SPECIAL TIME: TBD

Historic Buildings Open: Light tower and keeper’s house (Museum inside

How to Get There: Offshore…Boats from Port Clyde, New Harbor and Boothbay Harbor. Please see websites for the following companies for schedules and fees:

Monhegan Boat Line: http://monheganboat.com
T:(207) 372-8848

Hardy Boat Cruises: http://hardyboat.com/monhegan_ferry.htm
T:(207) 677-2026

Balmy Days Cruises: www.balmydayscruises.com/day/index.shtml
T:(207) 633-2284

Coordinates: 43°45′ 54″ N 69°18′ 54″ W

Owls Head Lighthouse

Owls Head Lighthouse
Location: Owls Head (land-based)

Historic Buildings Open: Light tower & keeper’s house (Interpretive center & gift shop inside)

How to Get There: Land based

Coordinates: 44°05′ 33″ N 69°02′ 39″ W

The lighthouse is an active Coast Guard aid to navigation and contains a beautiful fourth order Fresnel lens. The light station’s historic buildings are cared for by the American Lighthouse Foundation and serves as the headquarters for the nonprofit organization. For more info, visit: www.lighthousefoundation.org/lighthouses/owls-head-light/

Pemaquid Point Lighthouse

Pemaquid Point Lighthouse
Location: Bristol (land-based)

Historic Buildings Open: Light tower (contains a Fresnel lens) and keeper’s house (Museum inside, which is operated by the Town of Bristol

How to Get There: Land based

Coordinates: 43°50′ 12″ N 69°30′ 21″ W

The lighthouse is an active Coast Guard aid to navigation and contains a beautiful fourth order Fresnel lens. The light tower is cared for by the Friends of Pemaquid Point Lighthouse, a chapter of the American Lighthouse Foundation. For more info, visit: www.lighthousefoundation.org/lighthouses/pemaquid-point-light/

Portland Breakwater Lighthouse (Bug Light)

Portland Breakwater Light
Location: South Portland (land-based)

Historic Buildings Open: Light tower only

How to Get There: Land based

Coordinates: 43°39′ 20″ N 70°14′ 06″ W

The lighthouse is a private aid to navigation and is owned by the City of South Portland.

Portland Head Lighthouse

Portland Head Lighthouse
Location: Cape Elizabeth (land-based)

SPECIAL NOTE: Approximately 280 tickets will be made available for visitors on a first-come-first serve basis the day of the event, which are necessary for climbing the tower.You must be at least 48 inches tall and able to handle 85+ steps unassisted to climb the tower.

Historic Buildings Open: Light tower and keeper’s house (Museum inside & adjacent gift shop)

How to Get There: Land based

Coordinates: 43°37′ 24″ N 70°12′ 30″ W

The lighthouse is an active Coast Guard aid to navigation. The light station’s historic buildings are owned and managed by the Town of Cape Elizabeth. For more info on the Museum at Portland Head Light, visit: www.portlandheadlight.com

Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse

Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse
Location: Rockland (land-based via a 7/8-mile breakwater)

Historic Buildings Open: Light tower and keeper’s house

How to Get There: A 7/8-mile walk out the breakwater or boat transportation is available via the Rockland Yacht Club (call 207-233-2800 for more information)

Coordinates: 44°06′ 15″ N 69°04′ 39″ W

The lighthouse is an active Coast Guard aid to navigation. The light station’s historic buildings are owned by the City of Rockland and cared for by the Friends of Rockland Harbor Lights, a chapter of the American Lighthouse Foundation. For more info, visit: www.rocklandharborlights.org or www.lighthousefoundation.org/lighthouses/rockland-breakwater-light/

Seguin Island Lighthouse

Seguin Lighthouse
Location: Off Popham Beach (offshore)

Historic Buildings Open: Light tower and keeper’s house (museum and gift shop inside)

How to Get There: Offshore…

Seguin Island Ferry- please see website of Fish’N’Trips
Charters by Captain Ethan DeBery at: http://fishntripsmaine.com/seguinislandferry.html
or call (207) 841-7977

Coordinates: 43°42′ 30″ N 69°45′ 30″ W

Spring Point Lighthouse

Spring Point Light
Location: South Portland (land-based via a breakwater)

Historic Buildings Open: Light tower

How to Get There: Land based via a breakwater at the Southern Maine Community College

Coordinates: 43°39′ 07″ N 70°13′ 26″ W

The lighthouse is an active Coast Guard aid to navigation and is owned and managed by the Spring Point Ledge Light Trust. For more info, visit: http://springpointlight.org/

West Quoddy Head Lighthouse

West Quoddy Head Light
Location: Lubec (land-based)

Historic Buildings Open: Light tower and keeper’s house (Museum inside)

How to Get There: Land based

Coordinates: 44°48′ 55″ N 66°57′ 04″ W

The lighthouse is an active Coast Guard aid to navigation and contains a beautiful third order Fresnel lens. The light station’s historic buildings are owned and maintained by the Maine Department of Parks and Lands. The Museum inside the keeper’s house is operated by the West Quoddy Head Light Keepers Association. For more info, visit: www.westquoddy.com

Whitehead Lighthouse

Whitehead Light
Location: near Spruce Head, Whitehead Island (offshore)

NOTE SPECIAL TIMES: To Be Announced…Reservations are required

Historic Buildings Open: Light tower and Keeper’s House

How to Get There: Advance Reservations – More details coming soon.

Coordinates: 43°58′ 43″ N 69°07′ 27″ W

The lighthouse is an active Coast Guard aid to navigation. The light station’s historic buildings are owned and managed by the Whitehead Light Station. For more info, visit: www.whiteheadlightstation.org/welcome.html

Wood Island Lighthouse

Wood Island Light
Location: Biddeford Pool (offshore)

Historic Buildings Open: Light tower and keeper’s house

How to Get There: Aboard the boat “Light Runner,” which is operated by the Friends of Wood Island Lighthouse (reservations are required). More details coming soon.

Coordinates: 43°27′ 25″ N 70°19′ 45″ W

The lighthouse is an active Coast Guard aid to navigation. The light station’s historic buildings are cared for by the Friends of Wood Island Lighthouse, a chapter of the American Lighthouse Foundation. For more info, visit: www.woodislandlighthouse.org or
www.lighthousefoundation.org/lighthouses/wood-island-light/

Other Lighthouse Attractions:

Maine Lighthouse Museum

Maine Lighthouse Museum
Location: Rockland

The Museum has the largest collection of Fresnel lenses on display in the nation. Other exhibits pay tribute to our lighthouse history (both the U.S. Lighthouse Service and U.S. Coast Guard eras), as well as the United States Life-Saving Service. The Museum is a must-see while visiting Maine’s lighthouses.

FMI: Visit www.mainelighthousemuseum.org or call (207) 594-3301.

Whaleback Day

Whaleback Light
Location: Kittery

Whaleback Day is sponsored by the Friends of Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouses, a chapter of the American Lighthouse Foundation. More Details Coming Soon!

FMI: Whaleback Lighthouse is an active Coast Guard aid to navigation. The light tower is owned by the American Lighthouse Foundation, and cared for by its local chapter, Friends of Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouses. For more info, visit: www.portsmouthharborlighthouse.org or
www.lighthousefoundation.org/lighthouses/whaleback-light/

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