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West Quoddy Head Light, Lubec

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West Quoddy Head, in Quoddy Head State Park, Lubec, Maine, is the easternmost point of the contiguous United States. Since 1808, there has been a lighthouse there to guide ships through the Quoddy Narrows. The current one, with distinctive red-and-white stripes, was built in 1858, and is an active aid to navigation. Photographs and paintings of this lighthouse are frequently reproduced. The 3rd order Fresnel lens is the only 3rd order and one of only eight Fresnel lenses still in use on the Maine Coast.The light station was added to the National Register of Historic Places as West Quoddy Head Light Station on July 4, 1980.DescriptionWest Quoddy Head is an easterly-pointing peninsula in southeastern Lubec, overlooking Quoddy Narrows, a strait between Lubec and Campobello Island, Canada, that provides access to Passamaquoddy Bay and harbors located on the St. Croix River and other rivers which the empty into the bay. Most of the peninsula is part of Quoddy Head State Park, and the light station is located near the southern end of its eastern face.
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  • This is a "must see" when in the area. The lighthouse has a small gift shop and a bit of memorabilia. The main attraction is the fabulous view. You could spend hours just looking out to the sea.  more »
  • about a 4 hour drive from Bar Harbor, we were hoping to get some great pictures. While the WQHL is an awesome and colorful light, we had to battle the fog for a clear view. On a sunny day, it would ha...  more »
  • The lighthouse and scenery are beautiful. The lighthouse has a nice little museum and gift shop. I ran the Bay of Fundy Marathon, and the race began at the lighthouse.  more »

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