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Maine's Boothbay Region Lighthouses

sunrise at pemaquid point light

Bath, Arrowsic, Boothbay Harbor Region, and Bristol

Lighthouses were built along the Kennebec River to guide the traffic from the sea to Bath. Between the Kennebec River and Pemaquid Point, the Boothbay Region with its many islands and connected waterways had lighthouses built for guiding many of its local mariners along quiet harbors, and for the increasing shipping traffic between both Bath and Rockland ports.


Kennebec River and Boothbay Harbor 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. Boothbay Harbor region is heavily populated during the summer with tourism.

Click any lighthouse image or link below to find out information about each lighthouse including historic snapshots, directions, more photos, and links for places to visit.

squirrel point lighthouse

Squirrel Point Light

doubling point lighthouse

Doubling Point Light



Kennebec River and Boothbay Harbor Lighthouses
Best Viewed By Or Accessed By Boat

Click any lighthouse image or link below to find out information about each lighthouse including links for places to visit, historic snapshots, directions, boat tours, and photos.

pond island lighthouse

Pond Island light



Places to Visit: Bath to Boothbay
Kennebec River and Boothbay Harbor Regions

Visit the Maine Maritime Museum to explore historic artifacts and schedule one their many types of lighthouse cruises and nature excursions. Maine Maritime Museum

Check out the incredible "Into the Lantern" room where you can feel what it is like to be looking out at the sea from a lighthouse keeper's view. The museum with it's nearly 20 acres was built on the grounds of the country’s only surviving historic wooden shipyard, which built most of the largest wooden coal schooners in the world in the early 1900s. It also has a working boat shop and a newly restored 1906 schooner to explore.

Bath promotes its historic year-round waterfront downtown set along the banks of the Kennebec River amid 19th century buildings and specialty shops.

Both Phippsburg and Parker Village are quiet fishing communities along the Kennebec River.

If you continue south about ten miles you'll come to Popham State Park, with it's long curvy clean beach. popham beach

From the beach at the village of Popham, you'll find close views of Pond Island Light, and if you happen to arrive at Popham Beach during low tide, you can actually walk out to nearby Fox Island, climb up the rock hill and enjoy some breathtaking views, along with views of Pond Island Light and of Sequin Island Lighthouse from a distance.

Squirrel Point lighthouse

Over 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.

Wiscasset, is on the way to the Boothbay Harbor region inviting many artists and writers. It has been commonly referred to as Maine's prettiest village. In Wiscasset, visitors can also explore the Wiscasset Bay Gallery.

For the automobile enthusiast and historians, visit the Boothbay Railway Village and see classic, vintage, and antique automobiles. including horseless carriages, and a steam train.

boothbay harbor In the Boothbay Harbor area there are plenty of boat cruises for fishing, whale watching, and lighthouse tours covering the Kennebec River area and around Penobscot Bay.

Here you can not only find many places to eat, if you look around you'll find lots of tiny places like small eateries, coffee shops, etc, that look like you're visiting someone's home to enjoy great food and company.

Before entering Boothbay Harbor, at the center of Boothbay Village, if you like "lots of" fried fish, you'll find a small snack shack called Bett's Fish, where a fish sandwich is piled "many" filets deep, and tastes great too!

Hendricks Head lighthouse is a short drive into Southport, and may also provide a great backdrop for some of the most dramtic sunsets of the Maine coast. dramtic sunset by Hendricks Head lighthouse

A special treat would be to take the Balmy Days Cruises for 15 minutes out of Boothbay Harbor and spend 3 hours at Burnt Island Lighthouse. There you'll meet the keeper, his wife, and the children all dressed in the period of 1950. They all help to explain what life was like at the lighthouse in that era, the lighthouse history, and you can explore the island and be taken up the lighthouse tower. The trip and and tour occurs usually on Mondays and Thursdays during the summer season.

Pemaquid Point Lighthouse offers some of the most spectacular scenery in Maine, with its unique rock formations that create a dramatic shoreline. pemaquid rock formations

On the lighthouse grounds, you can climb all around these unique rock formations that jut out to the sea. The Fisherman's Museum, which is part of Pemaquid's adjoining buildings is open during the summer months.

view from Pemaquid light tower Visitors can also take a tour to climb the tower for some great views with the beacon's fourth order original lens.

There is the Sea Gull Restaurant and Gift Shop for Oceanside views just outside the parking lot, and nearby there is also Pemaquid Beach, a quarter-mile jewel of white sand beach in Bristol.

Other places to visit include the Colonial Pemaquid Historic Site, where visitors will find Fort William Henry, which was once the largest in New England, and the Pemaquid Art Gallery.

Monhegan Island, located 10 miles offshore from mid-coast Maine, although not technically part of the Boothbay Harbor region (see Port Clyde -Mohegan Region on this website), it can be accessed from a couple of cruises out of Boothbay Harbor.



Boat Tours: Kennebec River and Boothbay Harbor Maine Lighthouses

Tours mentioned below offer many types of cruises. While some may offer specific lighthouse cruises in Maine's Boothbay region, some will pass by these lighthouses as part of narrated wildlife and historic tours, whale watching expeditions, fishing tours and other types of excursions.


Maine Maritime Museum
Provides frequent lighthouse tours along the Kennebec River, along with wildlife tours, and onsite workshops. At the museum they provide various historical exhibits, tours, and you can even view their exhibit of being a lighthouse keeper inside the top of a lighthouse tower.
243 Washington Street
Bath, ME 04530
Phone: (207) 443-1316
Fax: (207) 443-1665

Lighthouses: Seguin Island Lighthouse, Perkins Island Lighthouse, Squirrel Point Light. Doubling Point Light, the Kennebec Range Lights, Pond Island Light


Cap'n Fish's Whale Watch and Scenic Nature Cruises
Various trips include lighthouses all along the Kennebec River and Boothbay Harbor. During the summer season offers daily excursions to lighthouses taking various coastal route you can choose from. Also offers trips for whale watching and fishing.
Boothbay Harbor, Maine.
Or toll free 1-800-636-3244

Lighthouses: Seguin Island Lighthouse, Perkins Island Lighthouse, Squirrel Point Light, Doubling Point Light, Doubling Point Range Lights (Kennebec Range Lights), Pond Island Light, Cuckolds Light, Ram Island Light, Burnt Island Light, Hendricks Head Light, Pemaquid Point Lighthouse.


Fish ‘N Trips
Ferry service to Seguin Island almost daily, where you can hike up to Sequin Island Lighthouse. Also provides chartering for fishing.
P.O. Box 150
Phippsburg, ME 04562

Lighthouses: Seguin Island Lighthouse


River Run Tours
A different and relaxed way to view lighthouses, natural rock formations, and wildlife aboard a chartered pontoon boat.
River Run Tours, Inc.
28 Walnut Point
Woolwich, Maine 04578
(207) 504-BOAT(2628)

Lighthouses: Perkins Island Lighthouse, Squirrel Point Light, Pond Island Light, Doubling Point Light, Doubling Point Range Lights, Burnt Island Light, Ram Island Light, Squirrel Island Light, Cuckolds Lighthouse, and Hendricks Head Light


Balmy Days Cruises
Offers special lighthouse tours. You can take a 3-hour tour and hike around Burnt Island, visit inside Burnt Island lighthouse and meet the keeper, his wife, and the children who will talk to you about life at the lighthouse in 1950. You can take a trip out to Monhegan Island and visit Monhegan Island Lighthouse. Other lighthouse excursions also available, along with fishing and whale watching trips.

Pier 8
42 Commercial St.
Boothbay Harbor, ME 04538
(207) 633-2284 or
(800) 298-2284

Lighthouses: Burnt Island Lighthouse, Pemaquid Point Lighthouse, Monhegan Island Light, Squirrel Point Lighthouse


Hardy Boat Cruises
Special lighthouse cruises available over to Pemaquid Lighthouse and out to Monhegan Island.
PO Box 326
New harbor, Maine 04554
(207) 677-2026

Lighthouses: Pemaquid Point Lighthouse, Monhegan Island Light



Sail Muscongus: Friendship Sloop Sarah Mead and Catboat Paula Anne
The Sarah Mead sails out of Spruce Point in a fully authentic wooden sloop sailboat, used as a lobster boat, includes hauling some lobster traps or checking out islands and lighthouses in Boothbay Harbor. The Paula Anne sailing catboat is an old time fishing vessel. Sailing out to the nearby islands and lighthouses.
Muscongus, ME
email: (Captain Nate and Chief Randy)

Lighthouses: Ram Island Light, Burnt Island Light, Cuckolds Light, Pemaquid Point Light


Scenic Flights

Penobscot Island Air
Chartering a variety of lighthouse viewing flights.
Knox County Regional Airport
Owls Head ME 04854
Phone: (207) 596-7500
Cellular: (207) 542-4944
Fax: (207) 596-6870



Additional Resources
For All You Maine Visitors

Many Maine Attractions

Dept of Marine Resources-Education

Maine State Parks

Maine Museums




My 300-page book (with over 360 images), Lighthouses and Coastal Attractions of Northern New England: New Hampshire, Maine, and Vermont, provides human interest stories from each of the 76 lighthouses, along with the coastal attractions and tours near each beacon. Contact info is provided to plan your special vacation to this poular region.

A few of these lighthouses you'll also find stories of hauntings. There is also info about special sailing and boat tours all around Boothbay.

Look inside!

book northern New England lighthouses and local coastal attractions




You can order these books through many pages on this website, and I'll be happy to personally sign and ship them to you anywhere inside the United States. You can also order from the publisher, Schiffer Books, who can ship anywhere globally.



Price is lower at $24.95 if purchased here. Enjoy!


Table of Contents

Over 50 famous stories with lots of details in my book New England Lighthouses: Famous Shipwrecks, Rescues, and Other Tales

Some of the stories include detailed accounts of the miracle baby rescue and the "lady of the dusk" near Hendricks Head Lighthouse.

The book contains my photographs, paintings by six famous artists for the Coast Guard, and vintage images from the Coast Guard, museums, and special collectors.



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