Acadia National Park on Mount Desert Island in Maine

Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse

Marking the entrance to Bass Harbor as well as Blue Hill Bay, the Bass Harbor Lighthouse on Mount Desert Island in Tremont, Maine was built in 1858. A fog bell and tower were added in 1876.

The lighthouse, situated on Acadia National Park land, stands 56 feet above mean high water and is accessible by car off of State Route 102A. The keeper's house is currently being used for Coast Guard housing.

As you arrive in the parking area, you will note a walking path to the left. This leads to a stairway that will take you down the face of the cliff to an oceanside observation area. The path to the right of the building leeds to a vantage point that provides a panoramic view of the ocean.

Only the grounds are open to the public. Occasional tours are conducted by the Tremont Historical Society. To inquire, call 207.244.9753.

While in the area, be sure to visit Bass Harbor and Bernard, located on opposite sides of the harbor. Both villages are part of the municipality of Tremont.

Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse Specs:
Established: 1858
Construction: Brick
Tower height: 32 feet
Focal plane height: 56 feet
Optic material: Fourth order Fresnel (1902)

Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse Parking Area GPS:
Latitude 44.222568; Longitude -68.337273

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The Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse on Mount Desert Island in Maine
The Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse is located in Acadia National Park on the southwestern side of Mount Desert Island in Maine.

This shows an early morning fog off the coast of Mount Desert Island in Maine.
A thick morning fog enshrouds the coastline of Mount Desert Island.

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