Heading into Port Clyde, Tenants Harbor,
out to Monhegan Island
The lighthouses in the western Penobscot Bay area were built to protect shipping traffic containing granite from nearby quarries, lumber and fishing industries on route along a dangerous stretch of reefs, ledges and islands. This area is also one of the foggiest on the Maine coastline. This area north of the Boothbay Region with its many islands and connected waterways also used the lighthouses for guiding many of its local mariners along quiet harbors, and with the increasing shipping traffic between Bath and Rockland ports.
Port Clyde Region and Monhegan Island Lighthouses
You Can Drive or Hike To
Click any lighthouse link below to find out information about each lighthouse including historic snapshots, directions, more photos, and links for places to visit.
Port Clyde Region and Monhegan Island Lighthouses
Best Viewed by Boat
Places to Visit:
Port Clyde Region
and Monhegan Island
Taking roads out to Maine’s many peninsulas from Route 1 provides lots of opportunities to explore picturesque fishing villages and farmland countryside in this predominantly rural region. Off Route 1 in Waldoboro, you’ll find the famous Moody’s Diner, a favorite stop since 1927. Just north of the diner, the Fawcett’s Antique Toy & Art Museum has an extensive collection of antique toys and original comic art that is among the finest on public display anywhere, including Mickey Mouse and all his friends as they were originally crafted in the 1930s. You’ll also find a traditional antique shop and contemporary art by the owner.
Port Clyde, Thomaston, and Tenants Harbor, along with their neighboring villages and towns are still predominantly fishing villages, where you’ll also find many artists galleries, beautiful sunsets overlooking their harbors, and where visitors will find the true Maine spirit. Over twenty-five artists in the town of St. George hold an annual Open Studio Tour each summer. Thomaston is an old seaport that is noted for its antique architecture.
A half mile up Roaring Spout Road, off Harts Neck Road, in Tenants Harbor, there is a section of rocky coastal conservation land to hike around in an area called the Roaring Spout, where there are exciting rock formations. Between Tenant’s Harbor and Port Clyde beach goers will enjoy the Drift-In Beach.
|Port Clyde is still a fishing village and an artists haven with many galleries to look at, and has beautiful sunsets overlooking the harbor. The Marshall Point Lighthouse Museum in the keeper's house and the Marshall Point Light grounds are open to the public with plenty of area to explore. Port Clyde Kayaks offers tours around Port Clyde's harbor.|
The Herring Gut Learning Center is a non-profit marine education and resource center in Port Clyde.
|Monhegan Island, located 10 miles offshore from mid-coast Maine, is a picturesque fishing community and summer haven for artists and vacationers. Reaching the Monhegan Island Lighthouse and the Monhegan Museum from the island is a moderate walk. The hike around the island will take you to an old shipwreck then up along cliffs that reach nearly 130 feet above the sea, and of course the Monhegan Lighthouse grounds. The Monhegan Boat Line provides various nature tours and ferries tourists to Monhegan Island from the dock at Port Clyde.|
Local Boat Tours: Port Clyde Region and
Monhegan Island Lighthouses
Boat cruises and ferries mentioned below may offer many types of cruises. While some may offer specific lighthouse cruises, some will pass by specific lighthouses in Maine's Port Clyde Region as part of charters, narrated wildlife and historic tours, ferrying passengers, whale watching expeditions, fishing tours and other types of excursions. Weather is also a major factor in New England, especially on sailing excursions.
Port Clyde Kayaks
Provide kayaking tours around Marshall Point Lighthouse and Muscongus Bay area.
Port Clyde, Maine
Lighthouses: Marshall Point Lighthouse, Pemaquid Lighthouse, Tenants Harbor Lighthouse
Monhegan Boat Line
Ferry leaves out of Port Clyde to Monhegan Island daily during the summer months. Also has a specific lighthouse tour around the Port Clyde area.
P.O. Box 238
Port Clyde, Maine 04855
Tel: (207) 372-8848
Fax: (207) 372-8547
Lighthouses: Monhegan Island Light, Marshall Point Light, Whitehead Lighthouse, Two Bush Island Light, Tenants Harbor Lighthouse
Lighthouses: Burnt Island Lighthouse, Pemaquid Point Lighthouse, Monhegan Island Light, Squirrel Point Lighthouse
Hardy Boat Cruises
Special lighthouse cruises available.
PO Box 326
New harbor, Maine 04554
Lighthouses: Pemaquid Point Lighthouse, Monhegan Island Light
Freindship Sloop Sarah Mead
Sails out to Monhgan Island on a fully authentic wooden sloop sailboat.
email: Captains@SailMuscongus.com (Captain Nate and Chief Randy)
Lighthouses: Monhegan Island Light
Penobscot Island Air
Chartering a variety of lighthouse viewing flights.
Knox County Regional Airport
Owls Head ME 04854
Phone: (207) 596-7500
Cellular: (207) 542-4944
Fax: (207) 596-6870
For All You Maine Visitors
My 300-page book, Lighthouses and Coastal Attractions of Northern New England: New Hampshire, Maine, and Vermont, published by Schiffer Publishing, provides human interest stories from each of the 76 lighthouses, along with the coastal attractions and tours near each beacon, and contact info to plan your special trips. You'll find over 360 images inside as well. I'll be happy to sign it for you here, or you'll find it in any fine bookstore.