Bass Harbor Head Light
Bass Harbor, Maine
Location: Southern tip of Mount Desert Island, east side of southern entrance to Blue Hill Bay
Coordinates: 44 13 19 N 68 20 14 W
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The light and fog signal are active Coast Guard aids to navigation, and the keeper's house is retained for Coast Guard housing. Accessibility: The lighthouse is at the end of Lighthouse Road off route 102A in Bass Harbor, free parking. The grounds are open to the public; the lighthouse is not. Open all year, 9:00 a.m. to sunset. To reach the lighthouse, follow Route 3 across the causeway onto Mount Desert Island. At a traffic light, bear right onto Route 102 South. Follow Route 102 through Somesville and Southwest Harbor. Follow Route 102 and Route 102A south through Bass Harbor. Where Route 102A turns left, continue straight onto Lighthouse Road and follow to the free parking area.
Station established: 1858
Present lighthouse built: 1858
Construction material: Brick
Other buildings still standing: 1858 keeper's house, 1902 oil house, 1905 barn
Height of tower: 32 feet
Height of focal plane: 56 feet
Original optic: Fifth-order Fresnel lens (1858)
Present optic: Fourth-order Fresnel lens (1902) (below right)
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