Corea, Milbridge, Jonesport, Cutler, Machias,
Machiasport, Calais, and Lubec
With the area flourishing with shipbuilding, passenger steamships, lumbering, fishing and granite quarrying, lighthouses were needed to guide mariners around Maine’s many islands and ledges along the coast of northern, or what is referred to as “Downeast” Maine. This area of many miles of rugged coastline from the Acadia region up to the Canadian border area caused many shipwrecks during fierce New England storms, and due to the many foggy days that encased the area an average of 20 percent of the year.
For stories of famous lighthouse events and folklore, check out my book “New England Lighthouses: Famous Shipwrecks, Rescues, and Other Tales” of over 40 stories, which you can purchase from Schiffer Publishing, of from most book stores. Here are the Table of Contents to explore.
Northern Maine (Downeast) Lighthouses
You Can Drive or Hike To
Note: Some of the lighthouses mentioned below that you can drive to can also be viewed from various boat tours offered, see Boat Tours below.
Click any lighthouse link below to find out information about each lighthouse including historic snapshots, directions, more photos, and links for places to visit.
Northern Maine (Downeast) Area Lighthouses
Best Viewed by Boat
Click any lighthouse link below to find out information about each lighthouse including links for places to visit, historic snapshots, directions, boat tours, and photos.
Places to Visit:
Northern Maine (Downeast) Area Region
Acadia National Park, on Mount Desert Island, and on Isle au Haut, offers some of most scenic vistas in New England, with miles of hiking and biking trails, and plenty of nature and lighthouse cruises.
Corea is a small fishing village that is about 7 miles from the entrance to Schoodic Peninsula, the only area of Acadia National Park that is located on Maine’s mainland.
The Petit Manan National Wildlife Sanctuary serves over 300 species of nesting birds. Cruises that offer puffin-watching pass by Petit Manan lighthouse, managed by the Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge. The Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge Complex contains over 47 offshore islands and three coastal parcels, which add up to more than 7,400 acres. The complex spans more than 150 miles of Maine's coastline, including it's five national wildlife refuges; Petit Manan and Cross Island in Downeast Maine, Seal Island in Rockland, and Franklin Island and Pond Island in the Boothbay area.
Milbridge offers a vast 75 miles of coastline with spectacular views of the Narraguagus River and the Gulf of Maine.
The Maine Historic Preservation Commission lists 28 prehistoric archaeological sites along the Addison coastline.
Jonesport is a small fishing village located along Maine's rugged "Downeast" coast. Lighthouse and nature cruises offered to Moose Peak Light and Libby Island Light are offered by the folks at Coastal Cruises and Dive Downeast.
Cutler is truly a down east small active fishing community and is the last harbor on the Maine coast before entering Canada. It is the closest harbor from which to sail to Machias Seal Island and Grand Manan Island, located six miles offshore. Friends of Little River Lighthouse offer a few open house tours of Little River lighthouse in the summer.
Daily narrated charter boat trips from Bold Coast Charter Company to Machias Seal Island are available during the summer season. They pass by Little River Lighthouse heading to or from Machias Seal Island, and they can provide charters for landing and exploring the Little River Lighthouse and the keeper's dwelling. Machias Seal Island has the largest puffin colony on the coast, and the only place where you can get close up views of this endangered species, and you can also visit Canada's Machias Seal Island Light.
The views of West Quoddy Head Lighthouse are spectacular and visitors are welcome to explore the lighthouse grounds and Museum. Hike through the Quoddy State Park's miles of nature trails, part of the Quoddy Loop Trail System, which crosses the border onto Campobello Island in Canada.
Tours of Lubec and Cobscook provides historical and nature tours in Lubec, Maine, USA and Campobello Island, New Brunswick, Canada.Cross the border into Canada and explore Roosevelt Park on Campobello Island. There you'll find, Mullholland Point Lighthouse with plenty of walking trails. About 15 miles inside the island, you'll find the stunning views of East Quoddy Head Light with its giant red cross painted on its tower.
Calais is the northernmost lighthouse in Maine. Visit the Downeast Heritage Museum to understand the local culture of Calais which also celebrates Canadian holidays as well, or take a nature hike in the Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge.
Northern Maine (Downeast) Lighthouses
Boat cruises mentioned below offer different of cruises, including special lighthouse cruises in the Downeast region of Maine. Some will pass by Maine's northern lighthouses as part of charters, narrated wildlife and historic tours, fishing tours and other types of excursions.
Robertson Sea Tours
Lighthouse cruises and nature trips along the shores of downeast Maine and Schoodic Peninsula area aboard a classic downeast lobster boat. Special 4-hour lighthouse cruise covers Narraguagus (Pond Island) Light, Nash Island Light, and Petit Manan Light, along with natural wonders and hauling up a lobster trap.
Contact: Captain Jamie Robertson
Home Phone: (207) 483-6110 o,r Cell: (207) 461-7439
Lighthouses: Pond Island Light, Nash Island Light, Petit Manan Light
Coastal Cruises and Dive Downeast
Lighthouse and nature cruises offered to Moose Peak Light and Libby Island Light where, depending on tides, weather, and availability, you may be able to get off the boat and walk up to the lighthouses. They can also be viewed from the boat as well. For divers, they provide diving excursions along the islands of and around Moose Peak and Libby Island lighthouses, and an excursion to explore the remains of the wreckage of the Crabtree Ledge Lighthouse, which was toppled by ice in 1950.
117 Kelley Point Road
Jonesport, ME 04649
Cruise Info Contact
Laura Fish: (207) 598-7473
Dive Info Contact
Harry Fish: (207) 598-7473
Lighthouses: Moose Peak Light, Libby Island Light, wreckage of Crabtree Ledge Lighthouse.
Downeast Coastal Cruises
Custom cruises and Schoodic Point cruises may pass by the lighthouses.
Has a special lighthouse cruise for three lighthouses, and a puffin cruise that goes out to Petit Manan Light.
Phone: (207) 546-7720
Lighthouses: Petit Manan Light, Libby Island Light, Moose Peak Light, Pond Island Light
Bold Coast Charter Company
Puffin trips heading to Machias Seal Island pass by Little River Lighthouse. Special tours available for boat trips to land on the island of Little River light. If requested, possible arrangements can be made to tour the interior of the lighthouse and the keeper's home. Charter trips also available to Libby Island Light and at times, visitors may be able to access the island and walk up to the light. Note: As the puffins are an endangered species, the trip to Machias Seal Island where they are nesting (also where Machias Seal Island lighthouse is located) is the only place allowed for visitors to view and photograph these animals up close inside small shacks called blinds.
Contact: Captain Andrew Patterson
P. O. Box 364
Cutler, Maine 04626
Phone: (207) 259-4484
Lighthouses: Little River Light, Libby Island Light, Machias Seal Island Light (Canada)
For All You Maine Visitors