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Matinicus Rock: Puffin & Five Lighthouse Cruise

July 16 @ 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Matinicus Rock: Puffin and Five Lighthouse Cruise July 16, 2024

Join the American Lighthouse Foundation for a special cruise on Tuesday, July 16th to view nesting Atlantic Puffins at Matinicus Rock Lighthouse, part of the Maine Coastal Islands Wildlife Refuge! Those onboard will have the opportunity to obtain water views of nesting Atlantic Puffins, Matinicus Rock Lighthouse and 4 additional lighthouses along the cruise route.

This cruise will depart from the Camden’s Public Landing at 8:00am aboard the Camden Harbor Cruises’ vessel Periwinkle. We will return to the dock around 4:00pm.

We will spend approximately 30 minutes cruising around Matinicus Rock, which will provide ample time to view puffins and other nesting seabirds on the island. We will also cruise by Browns Head, Heron Neck, Indian Island, and Curtis Island lighthouses for close-up views during the trip.

In addition to historical narration provided by the crew of the Periwinkle, American Lighthouse Foundation Executive Director, Bob Trapani will be aboard to share interesting lighthouse tidbits.

Ticket Price: $225 per person. This is a special limited ticket event (14 tickets only) to allow comfortable space for photography — early booking is encouraged!

Purchase Tickets:

Please Note: Tickets are non-refundable unless cruise is cancelled or we are able to fill your space from a waiting list.

You may also purchase tickets via phone by calling the American Lighthouse Foundation office at: 207-594-4174.

What to Bring:

This is a BYO event, so pack a lunch, snack and something to drink since we will be out all day. It can be cool out on the water, even during the summer, so we recommend you bring a sweatshirt or light jacket. Sunblock, hat and sunglasses are recommended too. Lastly, be sure to have your camera or binoculars!

Where do we park?

The town of Camden has two all-day parking lots: one is on Washington Street just past the fire station on the right, and the other is on Atlantic Avenue just past the Camden Public Library, on the left. Both are within walking distance of the public landing.

Is there a bathroom onboard?

Yes, there is a flushable toilet (or ‘head’ if you’re a mariner) on Periwinkle.

Check-in time:

Plan to arrive and check in with us no later than 20 minutes before departure time. Additional details will be emailed to participants.


July 16
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Camden Harbor Cruises
15 Public Landing
Camden, ME 04843 United States


American Lighthouse Foundation
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