This article profiles five very popular Down East Maine lighthouses: Isle Au Haut Light, Dyce Head Light, Bass Harbor Head Light, Burnt Coat Harbor Light, and West Quoddy Head Light. If you would like to learn about the ten popular Mid-Coast lighthouses please see these two articles [5 Lighthouses in Mid-Coast Maine] and [
5 Mid-Coast Maine Lighthouses]. And if you are traveling through Southern Maine and want to visit some Southern Maine lighthouses please read this article [Visiting Lighthouses in Southern Maine].
Isle Au Haut Light: The Isle Au Haut lighthouse is located on Robinson Point on Isle Au Haut, south of Deer Isle in East Penobscot Bay. The Isle Au Haut lighthouse was built in 1907. The renovated lighthouse keeper’s quarters now serves as a bed and breakfast offering a unique opportunity to spend the night at a historic light station. The island offers great hikes, bike rides and amazing scenery. The grounds are open to the public (but not the actual lighthouse) and is accessible by ferry. For more information call The Keeper’s House at 207-367-2261 or visit their website at www.lighthouse.cc/isleauhaut.
Dyce Head Light: The Dyce Head lighthouse is located on Battle Avenue off Route 166 in Castine. The lighthouse, which was built in 1829, sits at the entrance of the Penobscot River. Today the lighthouse is a private residence. However, you can take beautiful photos from the shore or you can follow the public path for a close up view of the light. The surrounding grounds are open year round and are accessible by car. For more information call the Castine Town Office at 207-326-4502 or visit their website at www.lighthouse.cc/dicehead.
Bass Harbor Head Light: The Bass Harbor Head lighthouse is located off Route 102A in Tremont, Mount Desert Island. The Bass Harbor Light attracts many visitors who come to admire its beauty and take photographs. It is now the residence of the Aids to Navigation Team and visitors are asked to respect the privacy of the occupants. Built in 1858, the light still navigates with a red light that flashes every four seconds and is visible for up to 13 miles. The grounds are open year round and are accessible by car. For more information call the Acadia National Park at 207-288-3338 or visit their website at www.lighthouse.cc/bassharbor.
Burnt Coat Harbor Light: The Burnt Coat Harbor lighthouse is located on Swans Island, south of Mount Desert Island. Burnt Coat gets its unusual name from a chart maker’s mistake. A French cart named the island Brule Cote (French for Burnt Hill), but the chart maker mistook Cote for Coat. The ground are open year round and is accessible by boat only. For more information call the Maine State Ferry Service at 207-244-3254 or visit their website at www.lighthouse.cc/burntcoatharbor.
West Quoddy Head Light: The West Quoddy Head lighthouse is located in the Quoddy Head State Part on South Lubec Road in Lubec. The West Quoddy lighthouse is built in the easternmost point in the United States and is the first place in the country to see the sun rise. The lighthouse was built in 1808. The West Quoddy Head lighthouse is one of the most famous lighthouses in Maine. The light still aids seafarers with its white beam, which is visible for up to 18 miles away. The grounds are open may to October and are accessible by car. For more information call the West Quoddy Head Light Keepers Association at 207-733-4646 or visit their website at www.lighthouse.cc/westquoddy.
Source: Whitehouse, Susan. Maine-ly Fun! Peoria, Ill: Versa Press, 2003