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Rockland Maine’s Breakwater Lighthouse And Harbor

Maine Open Lighthouse Day on Sept. 12, 2009 is the first of it’s kind and offers the public an opportunity to tour numerous participating lighthouses that are rich in history and surrounded by natural beauty.

The Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse is just one of the many lighthouses in the Camden area and nearby Cedarholm Garden Bay Inn that provides additional scenic views of the open ocean, boating, offshore islands and the Camden Hills. The less than 1 mile walk is enjoyable and offers many opportunities for more up close views of working lobster fisherman and marine life at the entrance to Rockland Harbor.

700,000 Tons Of Cut-Granite Make Up The Breakwater

700,000 Tons Of Cut-Granite Make Up The Breakwater

On the day we walked the breakwater we were fortunate to view harbor seals, seabirds, starfish, sea urchins and a prowling small shark called a dogfish. It is like having an aquarium at your feet.

One Of Countless Lobster Bouy's Along The Breakwater

One Of Countless Lobster Bouys Dot The Breakwater


Dogfish (Mini Shark)


Prowling The Breakwater

The Lighthouse is open most weekends in the summer thanks to Friends Of The Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse. It is being lovingly restored and inside you will find a gift shop with friendly and knowledgeable volunteers who are more than happy to answer questions on Rockland’s lighthouse and breakwater history. You may also self guide, reading the posted and pictured history from room to room and then wander your way to the top into the light.


Some Lighthouse And Breakwater History

Looking Out One Of The Numerous Windows

Looking Out One Of The Numerous Original Windows

After walking up a short flight of spiral stairs you’re now inside of the light!

At The Top Looking Down

At The Top Looking Down

Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse

Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse

Exiting atop the light one has 360 degree views.

Watching Boaters

Watching Boaters

Rockland Harbor

Rockland Harbor, Maine

Camden Hills, Maine

Camden Hills, Maine


  1. I love the breakwater. Always something different to catch your eye out there. I haven’t been out yet this year. Maybe I’ll get out there for Lighthouse Day. I’ll bet you didn’t notice the only slab of granite that stretches from one side to the other. There’s only one.

    Comment by Brian Kliewer — September 6, 2009 @ 7:07 am

  2. Dear Brian,

    Thank you for refreshing our memory on another fact of the breakwater. We never tire of the scenery there and hope you can get out to visit on Lighthouse Day. We are captivated by your paintings and hope to visit your studio some day.

    Comment by georgeandkristin — September 6, 2009 @ 4:44 pm

  3. I was wondering if anyone out there went to the Breakwater lighthouse on the open lighthouse day. Its an amazing place.

    Comment by Ramona du Houx — September 19, 2009 @ 6:53 pm

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