National Historic Lighthouse Preservation Act
Notice of Availability   Date: September 26, 2008

Baker Island Light
Town of Islesford, County of Hancock, Maine
September 26, 2008

The property, Baker Island Light (Baker Island), described on the attached fact sheet has been determined to be excess to the needs of the United States Coast Guard (USCG). Pursuant to the National Historic Lighthouse Preservation Act of 2000, 16 U.S.C. 470, this property is being made available at no cost to eligible entities defined as federal, state and local agencies, nonprofit corporations, educational agencies, or community development organizations, for education, park, recreation, cultural, or historic preservation purposes.

In the event no applicant is approved for the no cost conveyance of Baker Island pursuant to section 308 of the act, it shall be offered for public sale. Historic covenants will be included in all deeds.

Any eligible entity with an interest in acquiring Baker Island for a use consistent with the purposes stated above, should submit a letter of interest to the address listed below by November 25, 2008.

Letters of interest should include:

Eligible entities that submit a letter of interest will be sent an application by the U.S. Department of the Interior and given an opportunity to inspect the property, in an open house forum. Building inspectors and/or contractors may accompany the applicant on the open house site visit. The completed application must be submitted to the U.S. Department of the Interior within 90 days of the open house. The U.S. Department of the Interior will review applications and select an eligible entity to receive the property. The U.S. General Services Administration will complete the conveyance to the selected recipient.

For more information on the disposal of lighthouses, please visit the National Park Service Lighthouse website at

Letter of interest shall be directed to:
Ms. Sara Massarello
U.S. General Services Administration Property Disposal Division
10 causeway street, Room 925 Boston, MA 02222

A copy of the letter of interest shall be sent to:
Mr. Earle G. Shettleworth, Jr.
State Historic Preservation Officer
55 Capitol Street
65 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333

National Historic Lighthouse Preservation Act
Notice of Availability   Date: September 26, 2008
GSA Control No. 1-U-ME-0683
Property Identification Baker Island Light
Address Town of Islesford, County of Hancock, State of Maine
Latitude: 44 deg 14 min 30 sec
Longitude: -68 deg 11 min 56 sec


Offshore brick cylindrical 43 ft high tower (1855), located on 0.01 of an acre. Two (2) floors with 10 ft radii, totaling 314+/- sq ft.

The Light is located on Baker Island. The adjacent keeper's quarters and the rest of the 123+/- acres Island are owned by Acadia National Park.

Baker Island is part of the Cranberry Isles. about 4 miles southeast of Mount Desert Island.

Deed shall include conveyance of an easement from the landing on the Island used for boats, to the Light.

Condition of Property The property is offered "AS IS" and "WHERE IS" without representation, warranty, or guarantee as to quality, title, character, condition, size or kind.
Range of Possible Uses Historic Lights may be obtained for educational, park, recreational, cultural, or historic preservation purposes.
Commercial Activities Commercial activities are prohibited unless approved by the Secretary of the Interior.
Historical Information Listed on the National Register of Historic Places (Ref# 88000046). Must be maintained in accordance with the Secretary of Interior's Standards for Rehabilitation. Historic covenants will be incorporated into the Deed.
Utilities None. Emergency generator batteries and solar equipment for U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) exclusive use provides power for navigational aid. No facilities or running water.
Current Tenant None. Any existing lease or license will be terminated on or before conveyance.
Aid to Navigation

ATON will remain the personal property of USCG.

Active, automated, present optic, flashes white light every 10 seconds.

Easements — to be retained by USCG
  1. a 360 degree Arc of Visibility easement; nothing will be constructed, maintained or permitted of a height, to be determined by USCG, on a plane emanating from the center of the light;
  2. an easement for an unrestricted right of access for ingress and egress, to and across the Property to maintain, operate, service, repair, and replace equipment as necessary to support its ATON mission; and
  3. the unrestricted right to relocate or add any aids to navigation or communications towers and equipment (along with necessary right of egress/ingress), or make any changes on any portion of the Property as may be necessary for navigation/public safety purposes.
Environmental Information
  1. located within 100-year floodplain; may be subject to flooding by tidal surges; and
  2. due to the age of the structure, asbestos and lead-based paint may be present.
Notice Response Due Date 60 days from date of this Notice

Light is not open to the public. Accessible by boat only.

Landing will be on rocks and caution should be used.

Inspection for eligible applicants will be arranged by US General Administration, Boston.

Contact Sara Massarello: 617.565.7736 or