Maine Monday: Stage Island


This journey had to be timed just right to coincide with low tide. At low tide you can walk right out from the mainland to Stage Island.




Each low tide reveals an entirely new terrain. Sometimes sand dollars are left behind or horseshoe crabs. A lot of dead sea life gets washed ashore. If you are really focused you can find sea glass that wasn’t visible with the previous low tide.


Here’s a view looking back at the mainland.


If I’m remembering correctly, our guide that took us to Wood Island told us that Stage Island was utilized for drying fish although I can’t find anything online to corroborate this information. Presently Stage Island is for the birds and a few explorers to enjoy. The monument on Stage Island is a day monument with the purpose of warning boats of the island’s existence only during the day, it is not lit.


Stage Island Monument

Stage Island Monument sepia

You can read more about Stage Island, here, where they describe the tragedies that ensued while building the monument in the early 1800’s.



The flora was spectacular on this gorgeous day.


As is typical of most of Maine’s coast the outer edges of the island were very rocky and with the very shallow water the rocks surprise many boaters around these three islands of Stage, Negro and Wood. All heed the monument!


The above view is of Stage Island from the mainland at high tide. A pretty drastic, twice daily tidal occurrence.

4 thoughts on “Maine Monday: Stage Island

  1. Ahhhhh… thanks for the vacation memories! We always called that island “Monument Island” because we never knew its true name, and it’s a bit difficult to tell on Google maps and such. I never knew what the monument was for either. I remember my dad walking out there when I was a kid and he said it must be where seagulls go to die! I always knew the one with the houses was Basket Island and the one with the lighthouse was Wood Island, so it bothered me not to know what that one was called. Which one is Negro Island?

    • Negro is between Stage and Wood Island’s. At low tide you can walk over rocky bottoms to get from Negro to Wood Island. Early in our vacation week we kayaked to Negro thinking it was Wood.

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  3. My grandfathers Basil L. Verrill and Willie L. Church both were lobster fisherman out of Biddeford Pool.
    William L. Verrill
    I lived in Saco and graduated from Thornton Academy in 1949

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