Bear Island is occupied by two families. The Dunbars, with a cottage on the east side, own most of the island except for the lighthouse and its surrounding outparcel on the prominent west side, still owned by the U.S. government and leased to the second family.
The lighthouse is currently inoperative, and serves as a private residence. See the June 2000 issue of the magazine Architectural Digest (page 122) for an article about the current occupants' restoration of the lighthouse.
History of the Bear Island Lighthouse
Bar Harbor Times article about the Bear Island Lighthouse
commercial page featuring the lighthouse
Bear Island Lighthouse today
Day trippers taking the Beal & Bunker Mailboat ferry get this view just after leaving Northeast Harbor.
The Dunbar Cottage
courtesy of Nelia Dunbar
Ospreys on Bear Island - courtesy of Nelia Dunbar