AUGUSTA, Maine — Twenty-two light stations will participate in the fourth annual Maine Open Lighthouse Day on Saturday, Sept. 15. Coastal, island and river lighthouses will welcome the public for tours and special activities.
The event is coordinated by the U.S. Coast Guard, in partnership with the Maine Office of Tourism and the American Lighthouse Foundation.
Most lights will be open to visitors from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for guided or self-guided tours of keeper’s houses and light towers. Some light stations will have limited accessibility or special restrictions. The event website, www.lighthouseday.com, has details about visitor hours, fees, activities and transportation to each participating lighthouse.
Participating lighthouses are:
*South Coast: Wood Island Lighthouse off the coast of Biddeford Pool.
* Greater Portland: Portland Breakwater Lighthouse (Bug Light), South Portland; Spring Point Ledge Lighthouse, South Portland; Portland Head Lighthouse, Cape Elizabeth.
* Midcoast: Browns Head Lighthouse, Vinalhaven Island; Burnt Island Lighthouse, Boothbay Harbor; Curtis Island Lighthouse, Camden; Doubling Point Lighthouse, Arrowsic; Fort Point Lighthouse, Stockton Springs; Grindle Point Lighthouse, Islesboro; Kennebec River Range Lights (two towers), Arrowsic; Marshall Point Lighthouse, Port Clyde; Monhegan Island Lighthouse, Monhegan Island; Owls Head Lighthouse, Owls Head; Pemaquid Point Lighthouse, Bristol; Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse, Rockland; Seguin Island Lighthouse, off Popham Beach; Whitehead Lighthouse, Whitehead Island.
* Downeast: Burnt Coat Harbor Lighthouse, Swan’s Island; Dyce Head Lighthouse, Castine; Little River Lighthouse, Cutler; West Quoddy Head Lighthouse, Lubec.
The American Lighthouse Foundation and Friends of Rockland Harbor Lights will kick-off the event with a Lighthouse Sunset Cruise on Friday, Sept. 14. The cruise aboard the Monhegan Boat Line vessel Elizabeth Ann from Port Clyde will provide up-close water views of five lights including Marshall Point and Tenants Harbor.
Document your visits to another set of midcoast lights during the Deer Isle Lighthouse Trail Weekend Friday through Sunday, Sept. 14-16. See eight lights by boat, plane or self-driven tour, and collect passport stamps for each island light at nearby stamp locations.