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West Quoddy Head Light Station

West Quoddy Head Light Station

West Quoddy Head Light Station

The West Quoddy Head Light station, located in Lubec, Maine within the confines of West Quoddy Head State Park, is a unique and picturesque place to visit. The light station was established in 1808 mainly to protect ships passing through Quoddy Narrows between the mainland and Campobello Island (a distance of 1-2 miles), but also to protect ships passing through the Grand Manan Channel between the mainland and Grand Manan Island, in the Bay of Fundy (approximately 9 miles away). The red and white candy-striping was added to the lighthouse in 1858.

The location of the light station is the easternmost point of land in the US, and therefore sees the sunrise before any other place in the country. Good images can be captured from the parking lot or from the road leading down to the light station. There are also hiking paths leading along the shoreline from which images can be made.

For the curious, there is an East Quoddy Head Light Station which is located across the narrows on Campobello Island, New Brunswick, Canada.

Below are a few images of the West Quoddy Head Light Station.

West Quoddy Head Light in Lubec, Maine with Venus rising prior to sunrise. The water is the Grand Manan Channel with Grand Manan Island in the distance.

West Quoddy Head Light as the sun rises over Grand Manan Island

West Quoddy Head Light in pre-dawn light

West Quoddy Head Light protects the easternmost point of land in the United States.

West Quoddy Head Light station on a sunny, almost clear day

On the Road

A great place for RV’ers and campers when visiting this part of Maine is Cobscook Bay State Park, which is located on Cobscook Bay, approximately 30 minutes from the West Quoddy Head Light station. Many of the 106 sites are large and secluded. The park is a great base for exploring this part of Maine for photographers, birders, and kayakers and the park is also close to the Roosevelt Campobello International Park, just across the border in New Brunswick. Also, since there are no large cities nearby, the park is great for star gazing and capturing images of the night sky. This is one of my favorite state parks that I have visited.

Click on the photos above for more information, click the link in the caption to see all photos of this lighthouse, or click here to see more images of lighthouses.

All images © Clarence Holmes

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