Hike-in Required
Potable water
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On a beautiful 15-acre island off the coast of Maine, you can experience the peaceful isolation of a lighthouse keeper’s life. Choose to visit Little River Lighthouse during a free open house, or stay overnight in the keeper’s house for a truly memorable adventure. To get to the lighthouse, you’ll be escorted by boat from the small town of Cutler to nearby Little River Island at the entrance of the harbor.

Once you dock, enjoy a half-mile stroll on a plank walkway through iconic Maine forest to the lighthouse on the other side of the island. As the lighthouse comes into view, you can’t help but notice the rhythmic tone of the foghorn. You may explore the island during your stay, and whether you’re watching the waves crash on the rocks, or climbing the lighthouse to gaze far out to sea, every eight seconds, the foghorn sounds. The haunting sound adds a special ambience to the scene.

Enter the restored 1888 Keeper’s house and you’ll find a fully equipped kitchen with electric stove, microwave, toaster, coffee pot and shared refrigerator. An outdoor grill is also available for guest’s use. Plan to bring provisions from the mainland to prepare and clean-up your own meals.

Pillows, blankets and beautiful quilts are provided, just bring your own sheets and towels. Choose to lodge in the Keeper’s room and you can envision the lighthouse keeper from long ago looking out the window to see if the light was lit.

Originally established in 1847, Little River Light Station is on the National Register of Historic Places. The lighthouse was the first in New England to be deeded as a gift “from the people of the United States of America to the non-profit American Lighthouse Foundation” under the National Historic Lighthouse Preservation Act. Contact “Friends of Little River Lighthouse,” a chapter of the American Lighthouse Foundation, to arrange an unforgettable adventure.

Logistics + Planning


Occasionally full

Parking Pass


Open Year-round


Open from

June 15 to September 30

Price per night



No crowds! Permitted to explore the lighthouse and the island. Beautiful, iconic Maine scenery.


Must travel to the island according to the tides.

Pets allowed

Not Allowed

Reservations possible


Reservation phone number

1 (877) 276-4682


Historically significant
Family friendly
Flushing toilets
Potable water
Big vistas
Bird watching
Outdoor fire pit/BBQ


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