Seguin Island and Lighthouse

Seguin Island and Lighthouse

Seguin Island and Lighthouse
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An island off of the mouth of the Kennebec River, Seguin has the tallest lighthouse in Maine which is also one of the oldest in the United States.
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EmEs
orlando654 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2016 • Family
You may not have heard of Maine's tallest Light, but it's on this fabulous island, only accessible by boat. Call Ethan and take his Seguin Island ferry, to the island. But be prepared:
*Take a back pack with a small towel or two in it. You'll need it because you have to take off your shoes/socks to wade a few feet in water onto the island and then again off the island, and your feet will be wet and sandy.
*Take some bottles of water, and a picnic lunch, as it's a delightful place to have an picnic
*Go to the bathroom before you get on the ferry boat or at the outhouse before you hike up to the lighthouse.
*Bring your own hand sanitizer, if you choose, and bring sun screen.
*This is a hike up to the lighthouse, so if you have hip or knee problems, make sure you bring a hiking stick or use of theirs on the island.
*You may have to climb down a ladder to get to the ferry boat, but if that freaks you out, they can take you to it in a little dingy.
*It takes about 35-40 minutes on the boat and then you are left to explore and picnic for 2 hours, and then it's another 40+ boat ride home.
*If you have extreme physical limitations, this may not be the trip for you.
Otherwise, this is a very special, even magical place and shouldn't be missed while in mid-coast Maine.
Written 23 August 2016
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niels-j
Aarhus, Denmark343 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2012 • Friends
If you are visiting Mid-Coast Maine during the summer and you are close to the area south of Bath, the half day excursion to the island of Seguin off the coast at Popham is well worth considering. Seguin is a rather small but significant island covering 64 acres and rising 140 feet above the sea. The island is uninhabited but has Maine’s tallest and second oldest lighthouse – with an impressive tower and still fully functional. After the station was automated in 1985, local enthusiasts formed the ‘Friends of Seguin Island’ to ensure the preservation of the lighthouse – and in 1998 the group received full ownership. Each summer from May to October, the Friends hire caretakers to live at the Lighthouse and to greet visitors, operate the museum, keep the grounds clean, and do necessary repairs and upkeep.
When we visited on a sunny day in September 2012 a bald eagle followed the ferry as we were approaching the landing place at the foot of the century old tramway system leading up to the lighthouse at the top. The tramway is for transport of supplies and not people, so you will have to walk to the top. The eagle that followed us found rest at the top of a pine tree next to the landing cove and kept watching us as we were transferred to a dingy and paddled to the shore. Remember at this point to take off your shoes – because the last few yards you will have to walk through the water to get ashore.
From the landing there is a short and easy climb on a grass-grown footpath to the lighthouse at the top. Here you can visit the tower and enjoy the great view before you look around on the island following one or more of five well kept hiking trails. The lighthouse also has a small museum and a souvenir shop – but no catering, so be sure to bring your own water and sandwiches. The ferry – operated by Fish’n Trips Charters – will come back to pick you up after two to three hours, but time flies when you are on Seguin, and you will need to limit the time spent on seeing the lighthouse if you want to try one or more of the hiking trails. The ferry is really a fishing yacht which holds around 20 passengers – and the ride between Popham and Seguin takes around 30 minutes.
If you love the Maine Coast and enjoy visiting lighthouses – Seguin is highly recommended.
Written 19 February 2013
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littlebites3
New Jersey36 contributions
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We visited maine, first time here my son has the lighthouse passport so decided to go to seguin island lighthouse, you have to take a boat there, they drop you off there is no dock for boats so you have to be careful getting in and out of paddle boats, once you are there it is totally worth it when you call lighthouse they will give you all the info. just ask for captain Ethan he took us and picked us up from island. If you visit maine i recomend you visiting this place.
Written 4 September 2009
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Ellen M
Medford, MA4 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019 • Couples
My husband and I recently visited The Seguin Island Lighthouse. The lighthouse, museum and staff were terrific - knowledgeable and welcoming.

The term "ferry" is a bit of a misnomer.I think of ferries as a dock to dock experience. Without previous knowledge, we were told halfway to the island that we needed to get into a dinghy and then wade to the shore. Once at the shore, we then had to climb about 20 feet up a slick and very rocky coast to get to a set of stairs to get to the trails. I have a knee replacement and fell several times, breaking a toe and injuring my wrist. The young man, Brook, who rowed the dinghy, did not try to help me, or even ask if I was ok. On the ferry trip back, no staff asked if I was injured. So if you are over 55, in any way physically challenged or lacking in balance, Do Not Take this trip!
Written 29 September 2019
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Laurita J
Frederick, CO82 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2014 • Couples
We took our friends from NH out to Seguin Lighthouse on our boat and had a picnic. We looked in the museum and bought souvenirs. After lunch, we took a nice hike on the Island and enjoyed the beautiful view from the top of the lighthouse.
Written 15 October 2014
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Wildycat
Hooksett, NH280 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2014 • Couples
We spent the better part of a beautiful day by visiting the Sequin Lighthouse. Seguin is the highest lighthouse in New England in terms of height aboove the water line. It's a beautiful island with trails, a museum and of course, a tour of the lighthouse. This lighthouse is staffed by two folks from May 15 to Labor Day. The light itself is automated. A boat takes you to Seguin from Popham Beach for $30. round trip. At the island, you transfer to a small raft that brings you to shore. The deck hand was great and very cautious in transporting you a short distance to the island. There is a porta potty on the island, but no other facilities so bring a lunch/snack and water. The trails are short so be sure to walk all of them if possible, as each one has a special view. Wonderful visit!! Don't miss this gem !
Written 19 August 2014
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gardener19464
Pottstown, PA110 contributions
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We thoroughly enjoyed our trip to, and experience at, the Seguin Island lighthouse. Seguin is a beautiful lighthouse on top of the hill, which is carefully tended by volunteers. We called Captain Ethan and set up a time to go. We arrived at the dock early so we explored Fort Popham while waiting. The ride out is slow and easy, passing the fort, another lighthouse and small islands with lots of birds, some sitting on nests. Upon arrival at the island Capt. Ethan suggested we take our shoes off to go ashore, since they might get wet. We were transfered to a dingy and paddled to the shore of a small cove with assurances that we would be picked up in a few hours. The rest of the people stayed on the boat to go fishing. We walked up the hill to the lighthouse where we were warmly welcomed by volunteers there on a work detail. We were given a tour of the lighthouse and small museum. Lunch was enjoyed while overlooking the ocean and mainland beyond, and watching a lobsterman pulling in his traps. We had just enough time to walk down to a pebble beach before returning to the cove to be picked up. We had a wonderful time but the tour of the lighthouse took longer than expected. Our tour guide was well acquainted with the lighthouse and had lots of stories to tell. While we enjoyed his stories we didn't have time to explore the trails on the island like we had hoped to. I feel I need to put a few warnings here. First off, the "ferry" is really a fishing boat. When we were at the dock, I didn't think the boat was there because it was well below the level of the dock and couldn't be seen from the shore. It wasn't til we walked out on the dock and saw someone looking over the top that we realized it was there. Secondly, you have to take a ladder down to the boat and back up again when you return. Also, transferring to a dingy to be taken to shore and walking up the hill to the lighthouse require that you be in decent physical condition. Not a problem for most people but I have to wonder if anyone has ever made the arrangements to go out to the island only to find out they were unable to handle it.
Written 8 July 2012
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Melo-Dee C
Marion, IN55 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020 • Couples
This is my favorite lighthouse in Maine. Over the years we’ve tried to visit as many as possible. This one has beautiful rock formations from every angle. The man talking in the museum was so friendly and knowledgeable.
Written 2 September 2020
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R. Scott A
Georgetown, ME20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2015
Seguin Island Light, is really in Georgetown. Only accessible by boat. Open in the summer months. Interesting to learn about the past of the light and the lightkeepers. The old tram is an interesting piece of history as well. The climb to the light is pretty steep, not good for people with walking disabilities. Can be very cool and sometimes very foggy. I have been going to Seguin Island for many years.
Written 5 May 2016
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Dan40342
Toronto, Canada67 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2015 • Friends
We took Captain Ethan's ferry to visit the Sequin Island Lighthouse.
A beautiful island with a lovely lighthouse and many short hiking trails.

The ferry is actually a fishing boat. To get on and off the boat, you need to climb up and down the ladder. (due to the tide)
One of the older passengers was having a little difficulty climbing the ladder. I was worrying that she might slip and fall.
Written 10 August 2015
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