A single lighthouse stands on Mount Desert Island: Bass Harbor Head Light. Located at the southwestern reach of Acadia National Park in Bass Harbor, the light guards the southern entrance of Blue Hill Bay and warns against Bass Harbor Bar. The light is still fully operational, signaling an occulting red four seconds—three red flashes, one second of darkness.
Built in 1858, the lighthouse sits high atop a rugged granite shoreline, making it one of the most scenic in New England. Today, the US Coast Guard mans the station, listed on the National Historic Register. Visitors may tour the grounds at Bass Harbor Head, but not the lighthouse itself.
Five other nearby lighthouses with island settings from Blue Hill Bay to Frenchman Bay signal mariners with flashing lights and fog blasts to keep them safe in foul weather. Two of them—the Mount Desert Rock Light and the Great Duck Island Light—are owned by the College of the Atlantic, where students study whales and nesting seabirds. The other three are Bear Island Light, Egg Rock Light, and Isle au Haut Light.
The oldest light in the area, Baker Island Light (1828), along with Winter Harbor Light, have been replaced with lighted offshore buoys.
All these great old lighthouses can be viewed and photographed on boat tours that reveal their incredible and storied histories.
NOTE: Listings here are in a rotating alphabetical sequence. That means each time you visit the page, you'll see the entire list beginning (and ending) with a different listing.
Truly A must see tour!
SAILING DAILY FROM ATLANTIC OCEANSIDE HOTEL AT 1:15 P.M.
See the highlights of our beautiful coast including Winter Harbor, Petit Manan and Egg Rock Lighthouses while cruising aboard a Maine-built vessel limited to 50 passengers. Encounter rare wildlife as our professional naturalist points out puffins, seabirds and mammals only seen offshore. Hear the stories of the brave men and women who kept the lights burning. Remember to keep your eyes open for minke whales!
Puffin, Lighthouse & Seabirds tours are 3.5 hours.
HALF-DAY FISHING TRIPS
SAILING DAILY FROM ATLANTIC OCEANSIDE HOTEL AT 8:00 A.M.
Come join us for a fun-filled family friendly 4 hour fishing trip inside the protected waters of Frenchman Bay. We fish with jigs on light tackle making kids and adults alike feel like champion anglers! Our experienced deckhands will help you land your catch and take the fish off your line. We'll even fillet and bag your catch for you! This is also a great trip to see some of Frenchman Bay and it's abundance of wildlife and scenic views. Don't be surprised if you spot seals and eagles while out there! All bait and tackle provided.
Fishing trips are 4 hours.