Mount Desert Island’s Lone Lighthouse

For Immediate Release
July 18, 2017

Jessica Donahue, Marshall Communications on behalf of the Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce
207-620-9075 or

Bass Harbor Headlight sunset captured by Albert Pena.BAR HARBOR, Maine – Perched above the Atlantic Ocean, high above the sea, sits the only lighthouse on Mount Desert Island, Bass Harbor Head Light. Lighthouses are synonymous with Maine and have a deep maritime history that many visitors are eager to learn about. Bass Harbor Head Light is one of the most recognized lighthouses in Maine, along with Portland Head Light in Cape Elizabeth and West Quoddy Head Light in Lubec.

Located on the southwestern side of Acadia National Park in Bass Harbor, the light guards the southern entrance of Blue Hill Bay. This lighthouse is fully operational, signaling an occulting red four seconds – three red flashes, one second of darkness – and is manned by the U.S. Coast Guard. Listed on the National Historic Register, the lighthouse was built atop the rugged granite shoreline in 1858 and has stood there since. Visitors may tour the grounds but not the lighthouse itself, as it is a private residence.

Looking to take in more than one of Maine’s scenic lighthouses? Hop aboard a boat tour and explore other nearby lighthouses with island settings from Blue Hill Bay to Frenchman Bay. Two of them – the Mount Desert Rock Light and the Great Duck Island Light – are owned by the College of the Atlantic, and are where students study whales and nesting seabirds. The others are Bear Island Light, Egg Rock Light, and Isle au Haut Light. The oldest lighthouse in the area, Baker Island Light (1828), along with Winter Harbor Light, have been replaced with lighted offshore buoys. All of these great old lighthouses can be viewed and photographed on boat tours found on our Lighthouse Tours webpage.

For more information on lighthouses and to book your tour, please visit our website at


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Bass Harbor Headlight sunset captured by Albert Pena.

About Bar Harbor
Bar Harbor, Maine, ( is the gateway to Acadia National Park, one of the nation’s most visited national parks, and the largest community on Mount Desert Island. Visitors from around the world come to Bar Harbor to experience the region’s dramatic, varied scenery and see the historic summer “cottages” that were once the summer retreats of America’s wealthiest families. A five-hour drive from Boston and 50 miles from Bangor International Airport, Bar Harbor is the heart of island activity, including shopping, dining, entertainment and organized travel experiences. With a thriving year-round population, it also serves as the Downeast region’s center of economic activity, supporting a wide range of industries ranging from lobstering and boat building to banking and biomedical research.

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