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Moose Peak Lighthouse

moose peak lighthouse

Jonesport, Maine
Built in 1825


Location:

On Mistake Island, a few miles outside of Jonesport Harbor. Island and grounds around the lighthouse are accessible by public boat, or from a boat tour from Coastal Cruises & Dive Downeast, weather permitting, to land on Mistake Island to explore and view Moose Peak lighthouse up close.

Latitude: 44° 28' 26" N
Longitude: 67° 31' 54" W

 

Historic Stories:

Mistake Island is one of the foggiest locations in Maine and prompted the need for Moose Peak Lighthouse, sometimes referred to as Mistake Island Light, to be built in 1825. A powerful foghorn signal needed to be built in 1851. Records indicate that the lighthouse was in fog at least 20 percent of the time each year.

The lighthouse was automated in 1972 but couldn’t be sold for private property as the sewerage system would not meet EPA standards and was too expensive to build.

Vintage Image Moose Peak Light
with Old Lantern
Courtesy US Coast Guard

Vintage Image Moose Peak Light
with Keeper's Buildings
Courtesy US Coast Guard

In 1982 the military blew up the Keeper’s quarters as part of a training exercise. The problem arose that instead of the expectation that the building would implode, it exploded causing damage to the lighthouse and nearby helicopter pad (ooops).

The lighthouse was converted to solar power in 1999 and today the Nature Conservancy manages Mistake Island.

 

 

 

 

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Places to Visit Nearby:

Jonesport is a small fishing village located along Maine's rugged "Downeast" coast. This island harbor is where Samuel de Champlain anchored in the early 1600s while mapping the area for the French King Henri IV. There is an old quarry dock on Head Harbor Island nearby where you'll see huge stacked pink-granite blocks. The whole area is full of islands you can take a boat around or kayak to.

Coastal Cruises & Dive Downeast, provides access to land on Mistake Island to explore the island and view Moose Peak Lighthouse up close. They also provide nature tours around the islands and diving expeditions to explore the wreckage of Crabtree Ledge Lighthouse and various shipwrecks in the area.

You can also reserve a spot to kayak to and hike through the wilderness at Great Wass Island Preserve.

You’re in Maine’s true blueberry region as you travel, and at the Corner of Route 1 and Route 187, you’ll find Wild Blueberry Land, the world’s largest “blueberry” building with great bakery and organic grown food.

In the scenic area of Machias, check out Jasper Beach in nearby Machiasport with its unique multicolored pebbles. It creates a picturesque coastline, and is often referred to as the "Best Wilderness Beach in the Northeast." In mid-August, visit the annual Blueberry Festival, in Machias, which has become a huge event in this region.

 

Contact Info:
Nature Conservancy
14 Maine Street, Suite 401
Brunswick, Maine 04011
Phone: (207) 729-5181
Fax (207) 729-4118
Email: naturemaine@tnc.org


 

 

Local Boat Tours

Cruises mentioned below offer many types of adventures. Each offer specific lighthouse cruises that provide close views of Moose Peak Lighthouse. They may also pass by the lighthouse during special charters, narrated wildlife and historic tours, and fishing tours.

 

Coastal Cruises and Dive Downeast
Lighthouse and nature cruises offered to Moose Peak Light and Libby Island Light where, depending on tides, weather, and availability, you may be able to get off the boat and walk up to the lighthouses. They can also be viewed from the boat as well. For divers, they provide diving excursions along the islands of and around Moose Peak and Libby Island lighthouses, and an excursion to explore the remains of the wreckage of the Crabtree Ledge Lighthouse, which was toppled by ice in 1950. They will also take you on diving excursions around shipwrecks.

117 Kelley Point Road
Jonesport, ME 04649

Cruise Info Contact
Laura Fish: (207) 598-7473
E-mail: captainlaura@cruisedowneast.com

Dive Info Contact
Harry Fish: (207) 598-7473
E-mail: harry@divedowneast.com


 

 

 

My 300-page book (with over 360 images), 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 the northeastern coastline, with plenty of coastal attractions and tours near each beacon.

Take a look inside!

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