Spectacular Camden Area Lighthouses
Camden is centrally located to some of the most spectacular lighthouses on the coast of Maine. During your stay in Camden make it a point to visit some of these historic and breathtaking attractions.
Curtis Point Lighthouse located on Curtis Island at the entrance of Camden Harbor was built in 1835 by order of President Andrew Jackson. The keeper’s house was rebuilt with the addition of a barn and boathouse in 1889 and in 1896 the current 25- foot brick tower was erected. In 1970 the Coast Guard was planning on auctioning the light station, except for the tower. Three Camden residents petitioned the Coast Guard to give the station to the Town of Camden. In 1973 the town acquired the station and in 1998 under the Maine Lights Program the lighthouse became the property of Camden. The lighthouse can only be accessed by boat. One of the best ways to see Curtis light is by taking a schooner ride from Camden Harbor.
The Rockland Breakwater located in Rockland Harbor is ¾ of mile long. In the late 1800’s Rockland’s Harbor was extremely busy. In order to help protect the harbor a granite breakwater was built between 1881 and 1899 using approximately 700,000 tons of granite at cost of three quarters of million dollars. A permanent lighthouse was built 1902.
In 1965 the Coast Guard said that they were going to destroy the structure but after a public outcry the Samoset Resort took some responsibility for the upkeep of the structure. In 1989 the Samoset no longer wanted to maintain the facility and it took until 1998 under the Maine Lights Protection program for the City of Rockland to acquire the Rockland Breakwater. People are able to walk the ¾ mile to the end of the breakwater.
Directions: South on US 1. You will reach an intersection with a sign for the Samoset Resort on your left. Make the left and follow. Then make your first right and follow to parking. You will see signs. Approx. 15 min drive from Camden.
Owl’s Head Lighthouse was built in 1825 under the order of President John Quincy Adams. The lighthouse sits 100 feet above sea level and the structure itself is small by normal standards standing only 30-feet high. The lighthouse still uses the fourth-order Fresnel lens that was put in place 1856 and is an active U.S. Coast Guard aid to navigation. Owl’s Head Lighthouse is accessible by visiting Owl’s Head Lighthouse State Park, in Owl’s Head, ME.
The lighthouse has a rich and unusual history. On December 22nd of 1850 a small schooner was anchored at Jameson’s Point when its cables snapped during a fierce storm. The schooner started to head towards Owl’s Head. The storm intensified and the three people on the boat huddled under blankets on deck in order to protect themselves from the cold snow and sea spray. Roger Elliot one of three was able to escape the schooner and climb the rocks to the lighthouse keeper’s house at Owl’s Head. He was able to tell the light keeper that two others were left on board. The keeper organized a search party of seven others and they boarded the boat to find Lydia Dyer and Richard Ingraham frozen in a block of ice. Believing the couple was dead but not wanting to leave them behind the men brought them to the keeper’s house. They then began to thaw the ice gradually using cold water at first and slowly warming the water. They massaged and moved the couples arms and legs. After two hours they began to feel life come back into Lydia Dyer and an hour later Richard Ingraham opened his eyes and said “What is all this? Where are we?” It took months for the two to recovery and Roger Elliot never fully recovered. A visit to Owl’s Head will provide you with some perspective on how truly remarkable the story is.
Directions: South on US 1 into Rockland. US one splits North and South in Rockland stay South make a left onto Park Street ( You will see a Rite Aid across the Street). Then make your first right onto Route 73 follow until the road forks and bare left at the fork. Follow straight into the town of Owl’s Head and make a left once in the town and then next left to get to the lighthouse. Approx. 25 min drive from Camden.
Marshall Point lighthouse is located near the small fishing village of Port Clyde. In order to help guide boats into Port Clyde’s harbor Congress appropriated $4000.00 for a lighthouse to be built at Marshall Point. The lighthouse was completed in 1832 and today is still used as a Coast Guard aid to navigation. Today Marshall Point Lighthouse is most famously known as the place where Tom Hank’s character in the movie Forrest Gump ends his cross country jog. Marshall Point Lighthouse is open to the public and is beautiful place to visit. Also, visit Port Clyde where many artists and writer’s make their home.
Directions: Coming from the north on U.S. 1:After passing through Rockland and then by the large cement plant on your left, turn left on Rte. 131 at the foot of the hill.
From the intersection of Routes 1 and 131 it is 15.2 miles to Marshall Point.
At mile 5.4: Pass by the Rte. 73 intersection.
At mile 9.3: “Welcome II Tenants Harbor” sign on your right.
At mile 10.1: Rte. 131 bears left at the top of the hill.
At mile 14.5: Turn left off Rte. 131 at the blue Marshall Point directional sign.
At mile 14.7: Turn right on Marshall Point Rd.
Note: The last quarter mile is narrow and winding.
There is a large parking lot on the right just before entering the lighthouse grounds.
Approx. 35-40 min. drive from Camden
Pemaquid Point Lighthouse went into service on November 29, 1827. The land upon which the lighthouse is built was purchased from Samuel and Sarah Martin for $90.00. The original stone tower was poorly built and needed to be rebuilt in 1835. Many lighthouse keepers have watched over Pemaquid raising families and making a life for them in this scenic location. In 1934 the Coast Guard automated the lighthouse and was going to abandon the keeper’s house. The Town of Bristol purchased the property and maintains it to this day. A museum was set up in 1971 and there is a one bedroom apartment that is available for weekly rental. Pemaquid Point is one of the most visited lighthouses in Maine. A visit to Pemaquid at sunset will set the stage for a wonderful Maine memory.
Directions: From the Highway 1 Business Route in Damariscotta turn south on Highway 129 and drive for just under three miles to the intersection of Highways 129 and 130. Take Highway 130 south for 11.7 miles to Pemaquid Point where you will see the lighthouse.
Approx. 1 hour drive from Camden.