A unique light station with lots to see and do

Located on beautiful Swan’s Island, Maine, this historic light station is a perfect destination for a day trip from Mt Desert.
Or, come and stay a few days on Swan’s Island!

The Burnt Coat Harbor Light Station is sometimes called the Swan’s Island Lighthouse or the Hockamock Head Lighthouse.

The Burnt Coat Harbor Light Station is sometimes called the Swan’s Island Lighthouse or the Hockamock Head Lighthouse.

Visit The Light Station


The Acadia area’s best kept secret! The light station, at the entrance to Burnt Coat Harbor, is a working beacon for local lobster boats.

Watch the Western Way

The light station is a fine place for spotting lobster boats, pleasure craft and schooners entering and leaving the harbor through the Western Way.

Two Miles of Beautiful Trails & Beaches

The trails wind around Hockamock Head, with gorgeous views and access to two beaches.

Local Information

When the buildings are open, our guides in the keeper’s house and tower can answer your questions about light station history and island life.

Climb the Tower

Check 'Days and Hours' for information on when the tower is open to visitors.

Free access

There are no fees for visiting the light station buildings or exploring the trails or enjoying the beaches in the park.

What Visitors Have To Say

What a magic place. Sun and moon glinting off the water. The lighthouse beam in the trees, the sound of a gentle surf when the tide is in. The bell buoy ringing in the channel. Wonderful sunsets.

- Mike and Kathy, September 2019

The view out our window - moonlight on the ocean, porpoises, giant owls - plus the sound of the gong, and the wild berries…truly a special experience.

- Rebecca and Rich, August 2019

The apartment is beautiful. And the view is amazing! We could not have asked for a better vacation. We plan to return!

- Ann and Dave, September 2018

Thank you to ALL who made our stay so wonderful and relaxing. To the Islanders who told of trails to explore, thank you! We look forward to returning to this little piece of heaven on earth.

- Heather and Jamie, September 2018

From the amazing Light Keeper’s House to the beautiful view from the porch of the same, the amazingly friendly people, and our daily hikes along this rugged Maine Coast. Everything was perfect.

- Leesa and Howard, August 2018

Everything is magical! This is one of the best vacations! Ever!

- Ronald and Janet, July 2018

The beauty you offer is immeasurable. The clarity of light, wind, and Downeast character here recharged me.

- Lee, June 2018

What a wonderful place! We were in awe the moment we arrived. What a quiet and peaceful location for a vacation.

- David and Lorie, June 2018

You truly have a treasure perched out here atop the rocks with the vast sea at the doorstep. We watched a bright moon spilling its light onto the water, listening to the music of the waves, and wondering anew at the stars emerging in the dark sky.

- Susan, September 2017

This has been a lifetime experience! The beauty of Swan’s Island can’t be described in words or photographs, for they just don’t do it justice. I look forward to coming back again next year!

- Lacy, September 2017

We just stayed there and it is tremendous. The view and setting are amazing. The quality of the Keeper's house (2nd floor) is excellent. It is fresh, well decorated, and spacious.

- Mary, July 2017

We are fortunate to have traveled to many places in this world, but still contend, by far, this is the prettiest place on earth. Stay in the keeper's house. You will not be disappointed!!!! It is special.

- Spencer, July 2017

Visit Swan’s Island

Swan’s Island is 6 miles out to sea, with a year round community spread among three small villages. There are two working harbors that are home to a large fleet of lobster boats. The island boasts uncrowded beaches and spruce covered hills, seascapes by day and star-filled nights.