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Doubling Point Lighthouse
(Kennebec River Light)

Doubling Point (Kennebec River) lighthouse

Arrowsic, Maine
Built in 1898



On the Kennebec River at the northeast end of Arrowsic Island. Private residence. Best if viewed from one of the boat tours out of Boothbay Harbor.

Latitude: 43° 52' 58" N
Longitude: 69° 48' 25" W

Historic Stories:

Doubling Point Light, sometimes referred as the Kennebec River Lighthouse, was established in 1898 on a sharp double bend around Arrowsic Island on the Kennebec River, near the shipbuilding harbor of Bath. From 1898 to 1935 the station had only two keepers staffing the lighthouse itself.

The first keeper was Merritt Pinkham, who formerly had been a keeper at remote Seguin Island Light. He lived at the beacon until 1945 at the age of eighty-five. Charles W. Allen, who worked at Boon Island and Eagle Island lighthouses, became the station’s second and last keeper until 1935.

In 1935, the keeper's house was sold to a private owner and the keeper at the Doubling Point Range Lights (Kennebec River Range Lights), Station a short distance away became responsible for both stations. Then from 1981 on, one keeper was assigned to look after the Doubling Point Range Lights, Doubling Point Light, and Squirrel Point Light.

Over the years ice floes had washed down the Kennebec River each spring, crashing into the lighthouse’s granite-block foundation. early Doubling Point lighthouse river view

Doubling Point Light
Before Restoration

With the foundation in desperate need of repairs, the Friends of Doubling Point Light raised $25,000 in donations, which was matched by a grant from the Kurt Berliner Foundation of New York, permitting the Friends to hire a local construction company out of Woolwich, Reed and Reed, to repair the foundation.

Doubling Point light during fall season

Doubling Point Light
After Restoration

The rotting wooden tower and foundation at Doubling Point was repaired in 2000.

Maine Open Lighthouse Day is an annual event each September allowing visitors access to various lighthouse towers, hosted by the Coast Guard. Recently however, on Saturday, September 9, 2023, visitors were crossing the wooden walkway of Doubling Point Lighthouse before 1 p.m., when the section closest to the tower collapsed, spilling eleven into the muddy waters over rocks six to ten feet below during low tide. Fire and rescue officials were called in as six people were evaluated on the scene with minor injuries, and the other five were sent to the local hospital with more serious, but not life-threatening injuries. The lighthouse grounds have been closed until further notice.



Places to Visit Nearby:

Historic Bath is a leader in the ship building ports in New England. historic Bath shipyard view from the river

You can also visit the Maine Maritime Museum to explore and take in one their many types of lighthouse cruises and nature excursions. Other tours from the Bath area also pass by the lighthouse. Check out their lighthouse lantern room as an exact replica of Cape Elizabth Lighthouse, to see exactly what the keepers did, in different types of new England weather. Captain Fish’s out of Boothbay Harbor has many tours weekly to the Kennebec River Lights.

After crossing the Kennebec River Bridge in Bath, travel down 127 and you’ll find a mile hike out through marked wooded trails to Squirrel Point Lighthouse.

new Doubling Point lighthouse tower From Doubling Point Road you can reach the Kennebec River lighthouses.

Ask permission first of the keeper who lines across the street by the Doubling Point Range Lights to explore either Doubling Point Lighthouse or the Doubling Point Range Lights across that street. They are very gracious and helpdul.

There are also plenty of boat tours out of Boothbay Harbor to view the lighthouse from the river. Doubling Point lighthouse river view

Stop at Reid State Park, which has the honor as being Maine’s first state-owned saltwater beaches, which stretch out over a mile. You’ll also find large sand dunes, sweeping views of islands and lighthouses, and lots of nesting birds.

Before going over the bridge at Wiscasset towards Boothbay, you’ll find Red’s Eats snack shack, just look for the line of visitors. Red's is best known for its packed tasty lobster rolls and fried clams. The building is an actual lobster shack, and has been a staple for visitors since 1938.


Driving Directions


Local Boat Tours

Boat cruises mentioned below offer many types of cruises. During specific lighthouse cruises, they may pass by Doubling Point Light. They may also pass the lighthouse as part of charters, narrated wildlife and historic tours, fishing tours, and other types of excursions.

Maine Maritime Museum
Summer lighthouse tours along the Kennebec River, along with nature and Bath shipyard tours. Lots of maritime exhibits and workshops.
243 Washington Street
Bath, ME 04530
Phone: (207) 443-1316
Fax: (207) 443-1665


Cap'n Fish's Whale Watch and Scenic Nature Cruises
Includes lighthouses along the Kennebec River and Boothbay Harbor.
Boothbay Harbor, Maine
Or toll free 1-800-636-3244


River Run Tours
Chartered pontoon boat for lighthouse excursions.
River Run Tours, Inc.
28 Walnut Point
Woolwich, Maine 04578
(207) 504-BOAT(2628)


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