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Egg Rock Lighthouse

egg rock light

Winter Harbor, Maine
Built in 1875



Upper area of Frenchman Bay, four miles outside of Bar Harbor. Lighthouse and island are off limits to the public, as it is part of a bird sanctuary.

Latitude: 44° 21' 12" N
Longitude: 68° 08' 18" W

Historic Stories:

This area of the Maine coast experiences a great deal of fog and with severe storms constantly pounding this rocky area. Egg Rock was the site of numerous shipwrecks, and with the increasing amount of tourism and fishing in the area, many petitions were made to Congress for a lighthouse.

Even when Egg Rock lighthouse was built in 1875, storms caused severe damage to the buildings and tower in 1876 and 1877.

In 1899, Christmas Eve, the fishing boat Julia ran aground nearby during a storm on the rocky shore causing it to break apart, drowning the two fishermen on aboard.

A February nor’easter in 1908 had flooded the lighthouse and 30-ton boulders were found moved around the area.

On October of 1929, the schooner Lillian Louise became stranded on the rocks, but the Keeper Augustus Hamor and his Assistant J. B. Pinkham saved the crew.

In February of 1935 during high seas, while rowing to Bar Harbor four miles away for supplies, Assistant Keeper Clinton Dalzell, who was also an expectant father of his third child, drowned on route to the shore.



Places to Visit Nearby:

Bar Harbor is a major resort town of Mount Desert Island in the Acadia National Park system with specialty shops, nightlife, activities and events, and restaurants.

Walk around the resort town of Bar Harbor and its specialty shops and wonderful restaurants, take some of its sightseeing tours, or get away from the crowds and cars, and walk or bike along the miles of carriage roads built by the Rockefellers with beautiful stone archway bridges in secluded areas of the island with wonderful views. You can hike up various mountains, ponds and lakes, or walk along the coastline.

Take the coastal routes all along the entire island for some incredible views of the coastline and enjoy Acadia and its scenic beauty. Drive, bike or hike up to the top of Cadillac Mountain and enjoy the views of the islands jutting out of Bar Harbor.

Distant views of the lighthouse can be seen from Champlain Mountain Overlook, the Precipice, and the Scenic Overlook just outside of Bar Harbor. You can also get a distant view of the lighthouse from atop Cadillac Mountain.

Many whale watch cruises and boat tours pass the lighthouse out of Bar Harbor, some as part of their own lighthouse cruise (see below). It is managed as part of the Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge to protect endangered species of nesting birds, so the island is off limits to public access.


Contact Info:
Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge
P.O. Box 279
Milbridge, ME 04658
Phone: (207) 546-2124



Local Boat Tours

Boat cruises and ferries mentioned below may offer many types of excursions that pass by Egg Rock Light. Some may offer specific lighthouse cruises, narrated wildlife and historic tours, ferrying passengers, whale watching, fishing tours and other types of excursions. Weather is also a major factor in New England, especially on sailing excursions.


Bar Harbor Whale Watch Company
Lighthouse and Park Tour Baker Island and other five lighthouses.
1 West Street
Bar Harbor, Maine 04609
Phone: (207) 288-2386 or 1-888-WHALES-4



Acadian Nature Cruises
Nature tours of eagles, porpoises, seals, and other interesting marine mammals while passing Egg Rock Light.
1 West Street
Bar Harbor, Maine
Phone: 1-888-533-9253 or (207)-288-2386



Sea Venture Custom Boat Tours
Very specific boat tours you can enjoy with a minimum of passengers.
Capt. Winston Shaw
Phone: (207) 288-3355
Bar Harbor, Maine



Bar Harbor Ferry
Tours along Mount Desert Island from Bar Harbor to Little Cranberry Island to Southwest Harbor.
PO Box 28
Cherryfield, ME 04622
Phone: (207) 288-2984 or (207) 546-2927



Schooner Margaret Todd
Two-hour windjammer cruise from Bar Harbor passes by the lighthouse.
Downeast Windjammer Cruises
P.O. Box 28 
Cherryfield, Maine 04622
Summer Phone: (207) 288-4585 or (207) 288-2373
Winter Phone: 207-546-292



Schooner Mary Day
Windjammer sailing that included 4 and 6-day lighthouse cruises.
P.O. Box 798, Camden, Maine 04843
Phone: (800) 992-2218


Scenic Flights

Acadia Air Tours
Flights from a Biplane or glider. Lighthouse tour includes Schoodic Peninsula, the community of Winter Harbor, the Cranberry Islands, Southwest Harbor, Bass Harbor and four area lighthouses.
Bar Harbor Airport
Trenton, ME 04605
Phone: (207) 667-7627



Scenic Flights of Acadia
Has special lighthouse cruises for visitors to have a unique aerial view of 6 beacons in the Acadia region, along with the landscape of Mount Desert Island of Acadia.

200 Main Street (ticket office)
Bar Harbor, Maine 04609
Phone: (207) 667-6527

1044 Bar Harbor Road | Route 3
Trenton, Maine 04605




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 with plenty of coastal attractions and tours near each beacon, and contact info to plan your special trips.

Along with plenty of stories, you'll find lots of additional info on Acadia Nationaal Park and Bar Harbor attractions.

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