Open House at Little River Lighthouse –
Located on a 15-acre island in Cutler, Maine, Little River Lighthouse is the quintessential Maine island lighthouse experience.
The Friends of Little River Lighthouse, a chapter of the American Lighthouse Foundation, offers special Open Houses, in addition to the site’s overnight stay program during the summer season, so that the general public can have the opportunity to visit and enjoy the island light station. Boat transportation to the island from Cutler Harbor is provided.
Upon arrival at the island you will take a beautiful, quarter-mile walk across a tree-lined, wooden plank walkway to the lighthouse overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Enjoy a tour of the keeper’s house and don’t miss the souvenirs available for purchase while you are there, which help the Friends of Little River Lighthouse continue to preserve this one-of-a-kind site!
Updated 2/2/2024: There are no scheduled open house dates at this time for 2024. Please check back here for future open house event announcements.
**The island is open for day-visitors (9am to Sunset) arriving on their own by boat or kayak. Carry-in/ Carry-out.
Cost: There is no fee for the open houses, but donations are greatly appreciated! All proceeds help us to continue caring for this historic site and providing opportunities for you to enjoy this special place.
- Please note: For safety reasons, scheduled open houses may be cancelled due to high winds, dense fog, heavy rain, or rough seas – please contact us at (877) 276-4682 if you are unsure.
- Children must have their own life jackets.
- Be prepared to climb in and out of the boat.
- The walk across the island is approximately a 1/2 mile and includes a decent incline.
From Route 1 in Machias, take Route 191 south to Cutler. You will travel about 13 miles, upon entering the village/ harbor area, watch on the right for the blue street sign marked “Wharf Road”; you will see the town boat launching ramp and adjacent small sand beach located just off the main road. Parking is available along the road in the village, please respect signs and private property. (Please do not walk on the piers as they are private property.)