Bear Island Light

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Bear Island Light
Bear Island Light aerial view.jpg
circa 1972
Bear Island Light is located in Maine
Bear Island Light
Location Bear Island (Maine)
Coordinates 44°17′.6″N 68°16′11.6″W / 44.283500°N 68.269889°W / 44.283500; -68.269889Coordinates: 44°17′.6″N 68°16′11.6″W / 44.283500°N 68.269889°W / 44.283500; -68.269889
Year first constructed 1839
Year first lit 1889 (current structure)
Automated 1989
Deactivated 1981-1989
Tower shape Cylindrical attached to Work Room and Dwelling
Markings / pattern White
Height 31 feet (9.4 m)
Original lens 5th order Fresnel
Range 10 nautical miles (19 km; 12 mi)
Characteristic Fl W 5s
Fog signal BELL
USCG number 1-2105[1][2]
Bear Island Light Station
Nearest city Northeast Harbor, Maine
Built 1889
Architect US Army Corps of Engineers
Governing body National Park Service
MPS Light Stations of Maine MPS
NRHP Reference # 88000043[3]
Added to NRHP March 14, 1988

Bear Island Light is a lighthouse on Bear Island near Mt. Desert Island, at the entrance to Northeast Harbor, Maine. It was first established in 1839. The present structure was built in 1889. It was deactivated in 1981 and relit as a Private Aid to Navigation by the Friends of Acadia National Park in 1989.

Bear Island Light was listed on the National Register of Historic Places as Bear Island Light Station on March 14, 1988, reference number 88000043.[3]

Bear Island Light


  1. ^ "Historic Light Station Information and Photography: Maine". United States Coast Guard Historian's Office. 2009-08-05. 
  2. ^ United States Coast Guard (2009). Light List, Volume I, Atlantic Coast, St. Croix River, Maine to Shrewsbury River, New Jersey. p. 0. 
  3. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13.