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Indian Island Lighthouse

Indian Island lighthouse

Rockport, Maine
Built in 1850



Eastern entrance to Rockport Harbor. Grounds and lighthouse are closed to the public as it is a private residence.

Latitude: 44° 09' 57" N
Longitude: 69° 03' 38" W


Historic Stories:

During the French and Indian Wars, the local Native Americans took refuge on the island, which marked the eastern entrance to Rockport Harbor. It later became known as Indian Island.

As the lime trade brought increasing traffic into Rockport Harbor, Indian Island lighthouse was established in 1850. early image of Indian Island lighthouse

However, it was decommissioned only a few years later when the shipping traffic into Rockport did not increase as was expected.

The first keeper of Indian Island light was Silas Piper, who stayed on for three years.

The lighthouse fell into disrepair and shipping traffic began to increase again, causing petitions to have the lighthouse rebuilt in 1874, then relit in January of 1875. As what happened to the original lighthouse, the expected shipping traffic over the years did not increase as hoped, and actually decreased, causing the lighthouse to be decommissioned again in 1932, where it was sold to a private owner in 1933.



Places to Visit:

The lighthouse is located on the east side off Rockport Harbor entrance and can be viewed from a distance from the Rockport Marine Park. Best viewed from schooners and excursion boats out of Rockport and Camden. The Schooner Heron has a special sail around Indian Island.

The lighthouse can also be viewed from a distance on a hilltop in Rockport. view from hilltop Indian Island light

Visit the Center for Maine Contemporary Art, they exhibit work by 300-400 living artists each year, offering exhibitions, educational programs and professional development workshops.

The Rockport Marine Park provides visitors a glimpse into the lime industry, with old kilns by the waterfront, a replica of a lime transporting locomotive, and a memorial stature of Andre the Seal that was found and raised by a local fisherman.

For more private excursions, Rockport Charters offers cruises on a lobster boat from Rockport Harbor to Camden Harbor, a Bay Cruise, Island Excursions, and Lighthouse and Island Lobster Bakes cruises.

Camden, a very popular tourist spot, lies a few miles north with its specialty shops and picturesque harbor.

hilltop view of Camden Harbor

View of Camden Harbor
from Mount Battie

Visit Camden Hills State Park where you can hike or drive up to the top of Mount Battie and get a spectacular view of the Penobscot Bay.


Directions for a Distant View:


Local Windjammer and Boat Tours

Windjammer cruises and tours mentioned below may offer many types of cruises. Some may pass Indian Island Lightouse as part of their special lighthouse tours, or by special charters, narrated wildlife and historic tours, fishing tours, and other types of excursions. The Schooner Heron leaves out of Rockland past Indian Island Lighthouse. Sailing route is weather dependent.


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.

16 Camden Public Landing,
Box 1315, Camden, ME 04843
Phone: (207) 236-6672

Lighthouses: Curtis Island, Indian Head, Owls Head, Browns Head, Rockland Breakwater


Schooner Heron
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


Scenic Flights

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





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