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MAINE ATTRACTIONS - LIGHTHOUSES
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Baker Island Bass Harbor Bluehill Bay
Boon Island Browns Head Burnt Island
Cape Elizabeth Cape Neddick Curtis Island
Deer Island / Mark Island Dice Head Doubling Point
Eagle Island Egg Rock Fort Point
Goat Island Goose Rocks Grindle Points
Heron Neck Indian Island Kennebec River Range
Marshall Point Matinicus Rock Monhegan Island
Moose Peak Mt. Desert Rock Owls Head
Pemaquid Point Perkins Island Petit Manan
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Prospect Harbor Ram Island Ram Island Ledge
Rockland Breakwater Rockland Harbor Southwest Seguin Island
Spring Point Ledge Squirrel Point Tenants Harbor
Two Bush Island West Quoddy Whitehead
Kennebec River Range Lights
Several lighthouses were built in 1898 to aid mariners traveling along the Kennebec River toward the shipbuilding center of Bath. These lights (originally known as Doubling Point Range Lights) were established on Arrowsic Island in 1908; the two wooden towers are the only range lights in Maine. Straight alignment of the lights indicates to vessels the middle of the river channel on approach to Fiddler Reach, a sharp double bend in the river just beyond at Doubling Point.

The Front Range light is 21 feet high, the rear light 13 feet tall; the towers are 235 feet apart and each originally held a fifth-order Fresnel lens (both were removed in 1979). A wooden walkway connects the keeper's house and two towers. A boathouse was added in 1901 and an oil house in 1902. A bell tower in disrepair still stands between the Kennebec and Doubling Point stations.

Beginning in 1938, efforts were made to consolidate and automate the series of Kennebec River lighthouses. The keeper at the Kennebec station was given the additional duty of keeping Doubling Point Light, just around the bend in the river. Then in 1979, responsibility for the Kennebec and Doubling Point lights was assumed by the keeper at Squirrel Point Light. Finally,in 1981, the Coast Guard moved the keeper from Squirrel Point back to the Kennebec Station.

In 1982 the station was renamed Kennebec River Light Station and was the first to be tended by a woman resident keeper. The range lights were automated in 1990. A Coast Guard family now lives in the keeper's house, and the grounds are open to visitors. All lighthouse trips from Maine Maritime Museum pass the range lights, as do some boats from Boothbay Harbor.

The station is now owned by the non-profit Range Light Keepers Association. The group is now restoring the old fog bell tower.

Directions:
From U.S. Route 1 in Woolwich, turn south onto Route 127. After about 1.5 miles, just before the Arrowsic Town Hall, turn right onto Whitmore Landing Road to Doubling Point Road (marked). At the first fork, turn left into Doubling Point Rd; bear left at the next fork and continue on the narrow lane to the lights. There is a boardwalk leading to the lighthouses. These lights are seen on Kennebec River trips from Boothbay Harbor or Maine Maritime Museum.

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