Built in 1898, Squirrel Point Light sits solitary on the edge of Arrowsic Island, overlooking the Kennebec River. Arrowsic is a town with a very small population, having less than 600 inhabitants. Squirrel Point Light is one of four lighthouses serving as a navigational guide between the Atlantic Ocean and Bath Maine, all of which dating back to the 1800s. They were built as part of a master plan to create an integrated lighting system for the river. In fact from Squirrel Point Light, visitors can see Perkins Island Lighthouse, which has been recently refurbished, as well as the Kennebec River Range Lights and Doubling Point Light.
Squirrel Point Light is owned by the U.S Coast Guard. The lighthouse grounds are open to the public, however, basic facilities such as restrooms are lacking. Surrounding the lighthouse are some 640 acres of land which are maintained by the Inland Fisheries & Wildlife and The Nature Conservancy. The area is subject to currents, in fact, the footbridge near the main path, may be partially submerged during high tides. Visitors can also catch a glimpse of Squirrel Point Light from the opposite side of the river, close to the Phippsburg Congregational Church.
Close to the Squirrel Point Lighthouse, there is the gorgeous Bald Head Preserve. From the parking lot, visitors can explore the marsh, passing in between the trees, before reaching a small bridge, which leads to an intersection. One trail leads to the lighthouse, the other leads to the highest point of Bald Head through a 1.5-mile uphill trail, with views of Back River. The Preserve gets its name from the Bald Eagles which set up nests in the area. The area is frequented by hunters during hunting season.
Both Squirrel Point Light and Bald Head Preserve are remarkable in their own merit. The lighthouse location, right by the edge of the rocks is really picturesque with the river as its backdrop. Similarly, a walk through Bald Head Preserve is also guaranteed to leave a great impression.