Visiting the Light Station
BURNT COAT HARBOR LIGHT STATION
SWAN'S ISLAND, MAINE
The light station buildings are closed for the season as of September 10, 2016. We will re-open in June 2017. Information about the 2017 summer season will be posted on this website, and on the Facebook page for Friends of the Swan's Island Lighthouse, see the link at the top of this page.
The lighthouse park is open every day from dawn to dusk, with almost two miles of trails and access to two beaches. The trails include a short handicapped access trail with a spectacular view.
About the Light Station
The Burnt Coat Harbor Light is at the very tip of Hockamock Head, guarding the entrance to Burnt Coat Harbor, as it has done for almost 150 years. The lighthouse keeper kept the light shining, while his family made the keeper’s house into a home. Even though the light shone bright, sometimes shipwrecks happened. And sometimes, the only danger was a surprise visit from the Lighthouse Service inspector! Learn more about life in an island lighthouse.
Planning a Trip to Swan's Island
Swan’s Island is about six miles off shore from Mt. Desert Island and Acadia National Park. The island is accessible by Maine State Ferry Service. If you plan to come by car, it is highly advisable to have a ferry reservation for the trip out and the trip back. Reservations can be made up to 30 days in advance. It is about 3.5 miles by road from the ferry landing to the lighthouse. Boat moorings are available in Burnt Coat Harbor. Learn more about visiting Swan’s Island.
Things To Do
The light station is located in a 20 acre town park (“Lighthouse Park”), with almost two miles of trails, spectacular ocean views and access to two beaches. The light station buildings are at the tip of this steep and rocky peninsula. When walking the trails and visiting the light station, please exercise caution at all times, and stay away from cliff edges. Learn more about things to do on Swan’s Island.
The Restoration Project
Restoration of the Burnt Coat Harbor Light station began in earnest in 2000. The first priority was the keeper’s house, which required extensive structural repair. Now some downstairs rooms in the keeper's house are ready for use, but there is still much to be done. Restoration is under the guidance of the Maine Historic Preservation Office, and is made possible by gifts, grants, volunteers and lots of hard work! Learn more about the restoration.