There is no symbol of the Maine coast more stirring than the lighthouse. Whether rising tall on the mainland or on a tiny scrap of rock many miles out to sea, these beacons have guided mariners through Maine’s many rocky ledges and pea-soup fogs for more than 200 years. Maine is second only to Michigan in its number of lighthouses. More than 60 are found from Cape Neddick Light at the state’s southern tip to the West Quoddy Head Light way Down East.

Maine’s lighthouses were originally manned by a lighthouse keeper, and often by his family as well. Romantic in the telling, the life of a lighthouse keeper (especially an offshore keeper) was, in practice, lonely and fraught with responsibility and risk. Today, all Maine lighthouses are automated and monitored by the U. S. Coast Guard. Some decommissioned lighthouses are being put to novel uses. On Isle au Haut, the former Robinson Point Light is now the Keeper’s House, a four-bedroom bed-and-breakfast.

Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse
Boon Island Lighthouse
Burnt Island Lighthouse
Cape Elizabeth (Two Lights) Lighthouse
Cape Neddick Lighthouse
Cuckholds Lighthouse
Curtis Island Lighthouse
Doubling Point Lighthouse
Egg Rock Lighthouse
Goat Island Lighthouse
Grindle Point Lighthouse
Indian Island Lighthouse
Kennebec River Range Lights

Lubec Channel Lighthouse
Owls Head Lighthouse
Perkins Island Lighthouse
Portland Breakwater (Bug) Lighthouse
Portland Head Lighthouse
Ram Island Lighthouse
Ram Island Ledge Lighthouse
Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse
Spring Point Ledge Lighthouse
Squirrel Point Lighthouse
West Quoddy Head Lighthouse
Whaleback Lighthouse
Wood Island Lighthouse

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