Maine has the longest coastline of any state on the eastern seaboard, a coastline that is actually 50 miles longer than California’s. Maine’s rocky coast also hides many dangers to maritime navigation. So it should come as no surprise that the State of Maine has over 60 lighthouses dotting its rugged coast. Maine’s lighthouses flash green, red, white and even yellow. Many of Maine’s lighthouses are only visible and accessible by boat.
Some of the more notable Maine Lighthouses include:
- Maine’s oldest lighthouse, Portland Head Light, which dates from 1791
- West Quoddy Head Light, the easternmost point in the contiguous United States.
- The oldest surviving wave swept lighthouse in the United States, Saddleback Ledge Light, which was built in 1839.
- The tallest lighthouse in New England at 133 feet tall, Boon Island Light. The second tallest lighthouse in Maine is the Petit Manan Light at 119 feet tall.
- The lighthouse on the Maine state quarter is the Pemaquid Point Light in Bristol.
- Rockland Harbor Southwest Light is the only lighthouse in Maine to flash yellow.
Lighthouses of the Coast of Maine
Following is a list of the lighthouse along the Maine Coast.
- Baker Island Light, Cranberry Isles, Maine
- Bass Harbor Head Light, Bass Harbor, Maine
- Bear Island Light, Cranberry Isles, Maine
- Blue Hill Bay Light, Green Island, Maine
- Boon Island Lighthouse, Maine
- Browns Head Lighthouse, Vinalhaven, Maine
- Pemaquid Point Light – Bristol, Maine
- Petit Manan Lighthouse – Corea, Maine
- Portland Head Lighthouse – Cape Elizabeth, Maine
- Rockland Harbor Southwest Light – Owls Head, Maine
- Saddleback Ledge Lighthouse – Vinalhaven, Maine
- West Quoddy Head Lighthouse, Lubec, Maine