Spring Point Ledge Lighthouse, South Portland

Spring Point Ledge Light is a sparkplug lighthouse in South Portland, Maine that marks a dangerous obstruction on the west side of the main shipping channel into Portland Harbor. It is now adjacent to the campus of Southern Maine Community College.
The lighthouse was constructed in 1897 by the government after seven steamship companies stated that many of their vessels ran aground on Spring Point Ledge. Congress initially allocated $20,000 to its construction, although the total cost of the tower ended up being $45,000 due to problems with storms and poor quality cement. The lighthouse featured a fog bell that sounded twice every 12 seconds, and a lantern fitted with a fifth order Fresnel lens first lit by Keeper William A. Lane on May 24, 1897.
Improvements were made to the lighthouse throughout the 20th century. It was electrified in 1934, and in 1951, a 900-foot breakwater made from of granite was constructed in order to connect the lighthouse to the mainland. The lighthouse was originally owned and operated by the United States Coast Guard. However, on April 28, 1998, the Maine Lights Selection Committee approved a transfer of ownership of the tower to the Spring Point Ledge Light Trust, with the USCG retaining only the light and fog signal. On May 22, 1999, Spring Point Ledge Light was opened to the public for the first time in its history. It is a popular spot on any summer day for families to picnic and boat-watch on the breakwater or for fisherman to spend an afternoon catching fish. Adjacent to the lighthouse, visitors may also tour the old Fort Preble, the Southern Maine Community College Campus, and visit a small gift shop.
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  • A very cute lighthouse but too slippery in the winter. No signage for directions and also no "public" parking. Buried in the community college.  more »
  • This spark plug type lighthouse is located near Southern Maine Community College and has a small parking lot near there. It's fun to walk the 900' breakwater to get right up to the lighthouse but be.....  more »
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  • We took our girls, 8 and 10 to the Lighthouse for the first time. We walked/hopped the rock-way out to the Lighthouse. It is always a beautiful sight! Definitely somewhere to stop if you're in the area!
  • An absolute must to sightsee and visit when in downtown Portland. Be warned the parking situation is a disaster as there’s like 4 spots total to park your car during the week (which is when we went) if you plan on visiting. There’s shared parking with the local municipality and school which means either get there early or have someone sit in the car and the other person walk to the lighthouse. The walk on the big stones was an experience to remember. We saw this light house from afar ok our ducks boat tour of downtown Portland and it was awesome to visit in person and see where we were pointing to from the ducks boat. Other than the parking it’s a great place to be, sit on the bench and enjoy the scenery or get some walking in all the way to the lighthouse and back.

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