Curtis Island Light
Curtis Island Quick Facts
Year Station Established: 1835
Is the Light operational? Yes
Year Light First Lit: 1896
Year Automated: 1972
Tower Height: 25 ft.
Original Optic: 4th Order, Fresnel
Present Optic: 300mm
Existing Keepers Quarters? Yes
Year Constructed: 1889
Number of Stories: 1.5
Architectural Style: Farmhouse
Construction Materials: Wood
Curtis Island Lighthouse
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Curtis Island Lighthouse Videos
Last Visited: January, 2006
Curtis Island Lighthouse sits on Curtis Island, which marks the south entrance to Camden Harbor. The island was once owned by the publisher of the Saturday Evening Post, Cyrus Curtis (thus the name of the island). In 1972 the town of Camden took over control of the lighthouse. It is a public park that is accessible only by boat.
This 25 foot tall brick tower with small entrance building is located on the south side of the entrance to Camden Harbor in Penobscot Bay. Originally constructed in 1835, it was rebuilt in 1896 to its present form. The farmhouse style, wooden keeper's dwelling built in 1889 sits nearby. The original fourth-order Fresnel lens was replaced by a 300 mm solar powered lens in 1994. The fourth-order lens is on display at the Camden Public Library.
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Nearest Address: 16 Beacon Ave, Camden, ME
- The best views are from a boat but in winter months with the foliage off the trees you can get views of the lighthouse from Bayview Ave in Camden.
- Take Route 1 into Camden and turn onto Bayview Rd.
- In about 0.9 miles Beacon Rd. comes in from the right. Off to the left you should see the lighthouse through the trees.
- To see by boat, take Route 1 north out of Rockland, Maine and you will end up in the center of Camden. From there walk to the piers. There are multiple boat tour companies there. In addition, check out our Lighthouse Tours page for information of boat tours in the Maine/Camden area.
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