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Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse

Route 102A, Bass Harbor, Maine 04653 USA

Free
Free to Visit
Open Now
Thu 6a-9p
  • Independent
  • Credit Cards
    not Accepted
  • Not Wheelchair
    Accessible
  • Public
    Restrooms
  • Outdoor
    Seating

“iconic lighthouse in Acadia National Park”

Bass Harbor Head Light is a lighthouse located within Acadia National Park on the southeast corner of Mount Desert Island, Maine, marking the entrance to Bass Harbor and Blue Hill Bay. The history of Bass Harbor Head Light started in 1855 when it was deemed that there was sufficient reason for a lighthouse at the mouth of Bass Harbor. $5000 was appropriated by Congress for its construction in 1858. The construction of a fog bell and tower, which no longer remains today, was completed in 1876 with a much larger 4000 pound (1800 kg) bell being placed inside the tower in 1898. The keeper's house remains in its original configuration with the exception of a 10-foot addition that was added in 1900. The lighthouse was added to the National Register of Historic Places as Bass Harbor Head Light Station on January 21, 1988, reference number 87002273. In 1902, an oil storage house constructed of brick was built 205 feet northwest of the lighthouse. Bass Harbor's fifth order Fresnel lens was replaced in 1902 with a larger fourth order. This lens was manufactured by the French company Henry-Lepaute. This lens remains in service today. Today, the house is a private residence for a local Coast Guard member and his family. Tourists can get close to the bell and light via a concrete path, but most of the grounds remain private. There is a short walk which takes you to a series of wooden steps that lead you down onto the many granite boulders that provide a great view of the harbor side of the lighthouse.

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Reviewed by
ttibor01

  • 10 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
September 01, 2014
Rated 5.0

Beatiful rocks, calm place. Loved it

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Reviewed by
Tyler

  • 3 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
March 24, 2015
Rated 5.0

Cute little place. Hard to get a good picture like the ones above unless you go at low tide and are prepared to hike a pretty rough shore of rocks.

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texteach

  • 3 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
October 07, 2014

Fun drive to get to the lighthouse, and a short hike. You can get close, but it is hard to get great photos because there not an easy spot from a distance.

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Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse

Route 102A
Bass Harbor, Maine
04653 USA

Hours

Open now until 9:00 pm
  • Sun - Sat: 6:00 am - 9:00 pm

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  • Independent
  • Credit Cards not Accepted
  • Not Wheelchair Accessible
  • Public Restrooms
  • Outdoor Seating
  • No Wifi
  • Private Parking
  • Free Parking
  • Yes Parking

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