The best way to see Graves Light is by boat or helicopter.
Graves Light and the surrounding Graves Ledge rock formation are private property. The lighthouse is a private home.
The owners welcome boaters, kayakers, divers and others to enjoy viewing the lighthouse up-close, but from the safety of the water.
Flying drones or other unmanned aerial vehicles over and around Graves Ledge/Graves Light is forbidden. See restrictions here.
The ledges are dangerous. Stay away from them.
It is also very difficult and dangerous to attempt to land a boat on Graves Ledge. The sea swells are dangerous and can smash a boat on the rocks or crush and sink a boat under the dock.
There are NO PUBLIC AMENITIES on Graves Ledge or at the lighthouse:
- No publicly accessible dock
- No electricity
- No fresh water
- No food
- No fuel
- No plumbing
- No sanitary facilities
- No dependable cell phone coverage
- No two-way radio
- No first aid
Cellular phone service can be irregular, weak, or nonexistent, depending on the carrier, so do not depend on reliable cell phone service while around The Graves. Check your mobile phone provider’s coverage map for details: AT&T (we receive a strong signal on an iPhone, but signals vary), Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon. On the map search function, use the Zip Code for Winthrop: 02152.
The owners assume no responsibility for anyone not authorized to be on Graves Ledge. Unauthorized visitors to Graves Ledge are illegally on the property and will be treated as trespassers.
Drone imagery over and around Graves Ledge and Graves Light is forbidden without the written consent of the owners. Unauthorized drones may be intercepted or otherwise disabled.
Although Graves Light is privately owned, it remains an active US Coast Guard aid to navigation. The US Department of Homeland Security considers Graves Light to be part of the nation’s transportation critical infrastructure, and certain access restricted under federal law. Trespassing may be considered a violation of federal law.
But that doesn’t mean that we don’t want the public to enjoy the the view from the air or water.
Presently the lighthouse is closed to visitors. We plan to change that, but it will take a while.