Rockland, Rockport, and Camden
Lighthouses established in the Rockland and Camden areas were used to guide many fishing vessels, and increasing traffic from the mining of lime for construction in nearby Rockland and Thomaston between numerous dangerous rocky ledges and shoreline. Other industries, in addition to fishing, involved granite quarrying, steamship transportation and ice harvesting, making Rockland Harbor as one of the busiest places on the Maine coast. There was also increasing tourism in the affluent area around Camden. Over the years, there were many violent storms in the area, resulting in a multitude of shipwrecks, which in turn caused an abundance of petitions for lighthouses to be established.
Maine’s Coastal 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.
Maine’s Coastal Lighthouses
Best Viewed by Boat
Ladies Delight Lighthouse on
Lake Cobbosseecontee, south of Augusta
Best Viewed by Boat
Places to Visit Nearby:
Maine’s Coastal Rockland through Camden Area
Penobscot Bay extends out forty miles long and fifteen miles wide, and contains more than 200 islands. This natural windy shelter provides a unique opportunity for sailing adventures and is why the ports of Rockland, Rockport, and Camden have the highest concentration of windjammers or tall ships for visitors to sail upon in the country. Most of these ships are docked in Camden and are one of the major attractions.
|These vessels offer a unique sailing experience along Penobscot Bay and its many islands aboard historic schooners, many using only their sails for power, as they did over a hundred years ago. These ships will take you out to neighboring islands, around the harbor, or cruise up and down Maine’s coast. Some head south to warmer climates in the winter and visitors can book tours for these adventures as well.|
In this area you’ll find lots of festivals involving windjammers, like Schooner Gam, Windjammer Days, the Great Schooner Race, Maine Windjammer Parade, and the Camden Windjammer Festival in September.
On the way towards Rockland, you can enjoy picnicking at Owls Head Light State Park, and walk along some of the trails along the cliffs and shoreline, and you can walk up to the lighthouse as well. Visit the Owls Head Transportation Museum showcasing antique autos and planes, or explore the Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland.
In Rockland, the Maine Lighthouse Museum is one of the most famous lighthouse museums in the world. It contains one of the largest collections of Fresnel lenses in the country.
In Rockland, take a walk along the unique 7/8-mile breakwater out to Rockland Breakwater lighthouse.
There are plenty of tour boats and windjammer cruises that will take you out to neighboring islands, around the harbor, or cruise up and down the coast. Although some provide specific lighthouse cruises, all pass by lighthouses depending on wind and weather conditions.
Explore the Merryspring Gardens as Maine’s horticultural treasure, or attend the Camden Opera House. A few miles up US Route 1, you'll find Camden Hills State Park with over 5,000 picturesque acres for hiking, picnicking, and camping.
Local Boat Tours and Windjamming Cruises:
Maine’s Rockland through Camden Lighthouses
Boat tours, windjammer sailing cruises, and ferries mentioned below may offer many types of cruises. While some may offer specific lighthouse cruises, some will pass by specific lighthouses as part of charters, narrated wildlife and historic tours, ferrying passengers, fishing tours and other types of excursions. Weather is also a major factor in New England, especially on sailing excursions.
Maine State Ferry Service
Ferry to Matinicus Island, Vinalhaven, and Northhaven. Ferry passes by Owl's Head Lighthouse and Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse out of Rockland Harbor.
P.O. Box 645
517A Main Street
Rockland, Maine 04841-0645
Phone:. (207) 596-2202
Captain Jack’s Lobster Tours
Provides close up views of Owl’s Head and Rockland Harbor Breakwater lighthouses on its lobstering tours.
1 Park Drive, Rockland ME 04841
Phone: (207) 542-6852
Lighthouses: Owl's Head, Rockland Breakwater.
Offers cruises on a lobster boat from Rockport Harbor to Camden Harbor, a Bay Cruise, Island Excursions, and Lighthouse and Island Lobsterbakes cruises.
40 Pleasant St, Rockport, ME 04856
Phone: (207) 691-1066
Lighthouses: Curtis Island, Indian Head, Grindle Point
Camden Harbor Cruises
Provides 1-hour Lighthouse Lobster Tour from Camden, and a 3-hour Sunday Lighthouse Cruise aboard a classic wooden motor vessel, the Lively Lady.
9 Brandy Brook Road, Camden, ME 04843
Phone: (207) 236-6672
Lighthouses: Curtis Island, Indian Head, Owls Head, Browns Head, Rockland Breakwater
This region has the heaviest concentration of windjammer schooners in the country. All of these special vessels pass by lighthouses on many of their cruises. Some offer special lighthouse tours. Lighthouse listings are not included here as routes are dependent on wind and weather. For information on Schooner windjamming cruises try the Penobscot Bay Chamber or the Maine Windjammer Association for starters. The Maine Windjammer Festival with many tall ships occurs annually around the end of June. Contact info is provided to help you plan your special trips ahead of time and to answer questions before you arrive at any of the harbors. Enjoy!
Schooner Lewis R. French
Built in 1871, this is Maine's oldest active schooner offering 3, 4, and 6-day sailing vacations along Maine’s coast. They have specific lighthouse cruises where visitors can view between 15 and 25 lighthouses. These cruises include anchoring near several island lighthouses, and allowing guests to have the chance to hike to some of these beacons. Tickets to the Maine Lighthouse Museum are also provided.
P.O. Box 992, Camden ME 04843
Thie 65-foot schooner provides 3 trips each day out of Rockport Harbor including Indian Island Light and Eco Tour.
111 Pascal Avenue, Rockport, ME 04856
Phone: (207) 236-8605
Schooner Angelique offers lighthouse cruises in July and August, and has cruises that explore the Acadia region.
P.O. Box 736, Camden, Maine 04843-0736
Phone: (800) 282-9989
Schooner Isaac H. Evans
This 99-foot schooner provides themed cruises like the week-long Old Salts and Maine Lighthouses Cruise. Designated as a National Historic Landmark.
P.O. Box 791, Rockland, ME 04841
Phone: (877) 238-1325
Schooner J. & E. Riggin
Built in 1927, this 120-foot two-masted schooner has special 3 and 4 day “Lighthouses and Lobsters” cruises.
136 Holmes Street, Rockland, ME 04841
Phone: (800) 869-0604
Schooner American Eagle
Sails on cruises of varying lengths, from two to nine days which include lighthouses and wildlife as part of every trip.
P.O. Box 482, 11 Front Street, Rockland, ME 04841
Phone: (207) 594-8007 or (800) 648-4544
Schooner Stephen Taber and Schooner Bowditch
Classic 140-year old schooner sails on one and multiple day cruises which include a “Lighthouse and Photography Cruise” featuring photography instruction with a local artist.
P.O. Box 1050, Rockland, ME 04841
Phone: (207) 594-4723 or (800) 999-7352
Maine Windjammer Cruises
Completely restored 19th century schooners Grace Bailey and Mercentile for weekly and weekend cruises along the Maine coast and Penobscot Bay.
P.O. Box 617 Camden, ME 04843
Phone: (207) 236-2938 or (800) 736-7981
The schooner Olad provides daily 2-hour, half day, full day sails, and sunset sails, along with various event sails.
P.O. Box 432 Camden, ME 04843
Phone: (207) 236-2323
Schooner Mary Day
Tours include 4-day lighthouse cruises and has heat in every cabin.
10 Atlantic Ave, P.O. Box 798, Camden, ME 04843
Phone: (800) 992-2218
This racing schooner offers two-hour windjammer cruises around Camden Harbor and Penobscot Bay.
P.O. Box H, Camden, ME 04843
This wooden 86-foot schooner cruises out of Camden into Penobscot Bay at least three times a day, seven days a week. Sails include wildlife, sunset, and local lighthouses.
3 Lily Pond Drive, Camden, ME 04843
Phone: (207) 236-8353
The 145-foot Heritage offers 3-day to 6-day sails without a specific itinerary, but always passes by lighthouses and its captains are maritime historians.
P.O. Box 482, 5 Achorn Street, Rockland, ME 04841
Phone: (207) 594-8007 or (800) 648-4544
Schooner Victory Chimes
This is the only original three-masted schooner and has special 3 and 4-day sails including the Lighthouse Parade, Maine Humor, and Irish Music cruises.
P.O. Box 1401, Rockland, ME 04841
Phone: (800) 745-5651
Local Lighthouse Tour On Lake Cobbosseecontee
Cobbosseecontee Yacht Club
Provides lighthouse tours sometimes on request. Sponsors a lighthouse regatta and other events that promote preservation and education of Lake Cobbosseecontee.
P.O. Box 17
Manchester, ME 04351
Lighthouse: Ladies Delight Light
Scenic Flights Over Midcoast Maine
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.