Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How much solar power does the lighthouse have, and can we charge our cell phones/tablets?
A: The lighthouse is solar powered by a bank of panels and batteries. We have a large inverter that provides 120V electricity. There is enough battery power to power the lights, fridge, TV and charge cell phones, tablets, etc. However- there is not enough power to operate items such as hair dryers, flat irons or extended use of the microwave.
Q: Is food available and if not, what kitchen items are available?
A: Your stay is "bring your own" food and beverages. Most guests bring food that can be grilled on the new gas grill or warmed in the oven. The kitchen is equipped with a small refrigerator, microwave, percolator style coffee pot, K Cup coffee maker, gas oven and cook top. We also have dinner plates, mugs, glasses, full cookware set, steak knives, forks, knives, cooking utensils, salt, pepper and various spices/seasonings. We also offer K-cups, sweeteners and ground coffee. We also provide paper towels, plates and cups.
*Option: Borden Flats Marina, where we launch from, has two dining options for take-out. The Tipsy Seagull Dockside Pub has pub style food and The Tipsy Toboggan, a full dinner menu only one block away. Arrive earlier, or call in your order to take out with you for your stay. Many guests come early and enjoy a drink or two at the Tipsy Seagull waterfront bar prior to their 4pm check-in!
Q: Is there fresh drinking water?
Although we offer fresh, clean water from our sink via a battery operated pump, we do not recommend using it for drinking, however it can be used for washing, cooking, etc. We do include ample bottled water for our guests. We provide small hand towels for washing, but feel free to bring your own towels if preferred.
Q: Are other people allowed to visit the lighthouse during our stay?
A: Due to liability reasons, keepers are not allowed to invite anyone on the lighthouse at anytime during their stay.*
*However, for milestones, (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.) and only by
SPECIAL ADVANCED REQUEST, up to 10 guests will be allowed to party with you for your special occasion at an additional fee.** We will provide free launch service for your guests at check-in and one return trip back to marina no later than 9 PM. (one round trip)
**Additional charge of $30.00 per invited guest will apply and all guests are required to sign a waiver of liability.
Q: Does the lighthouse still have a beacon and foghorn?
A: The lighthouse is still a fully active aid to navigation. The Coast Guard now operates a modern LED optic in the lantern room that flashes from dusk to dawn. In 2013, the foghorn was permanently removed.
*Please be aware, our lighthouse stands proudly as an AID TO NAVIGATION protecting the waters of beautiful Mount Hope Bay and as such, the U.S. Coast Guard has right of access to the lighthouse at any time, especially during an emergency.
Q: Is there WiFi or Cable TV?
A: The lighthouse is not equipped with WiFi or cable TV. There is an
LCD TV w/DVD player available, as well as local network TV stations via HD antenna. We much prefer our guests relax in peace and solitude during their stay, away from the hustle & bustle of daily life!
(There is good cell phone signal in case you need to stay in touch with home or if there is an emergency)
Q: How long does it take to get out to the Lighthouse?
A: The Lighthouse is located about 1,500 feet off shore. We launch from the Borden Light Marina (1 Ferry Street Fall River, MA) via our 19 ft. launch boat, and the shuttle only takes 1-2 minutes. (weather-permitting) Please be aware, Keepers must climb a vertical steel-rung ladder to access the Light.
Q: Can we swim or fish off the lighthouse?
A: We highly discourage any attempts to swim off the lighthouse. The light is located at the mouth of the Taunton River flowing into Mount Hope Bay. It's not uncommon for the currents at the lighthouse to exceed 7-10-kts. making it extremely dangerous to swim. Also, there are large rocks all around the base of the lighthouse as well as boat traffic through the channel. Fishing is not allowed for safety reasons.
Q: Does the lighthouse operate like a typical bed and breakfast?
A: No- The lighthouse is not a typical hotel nor B&B, where you can arrive any time you wish- which is why we have strict check-in/out times. It is technically a private home that is offered to the public through our Overnight Keepers Program. The program was developed to allow the public to stay overnight and experience the life of our brave lighthouse keepers who lived and maintained the Light from 1881 through 1963. You, as an overnight "honorary Light Keepers," gain the knowledge and once-in-a-lifetime experience of living as a historic Light Keepers.
Q: Can we bring alcoholic beverages for our stay?
A: Guests are welcome to bring alcoholic beverages. We request that no one smokes on the Lighthouse due to fire logistics and historic preservation as well the comfort of future guests.
Q: In case of an emergency, who do we call?
A: If there is a medical emergency, use your cell to dial 911 (the lighthouse has excellent cell coverage). Fall River has top-notch police, rescue and fire officers through their Harbormaster Program. Also, call Kevin, your Lighthouse Keeper. If you witness a boat emergency on the nearby waters, also call 911 who will alert the Coast Guard.
Q: Are we allowed to take pictures of the inside and access the lantern room?
A: Our guests are welcome to take as many photos as they would like. Guests are also welcome to access the lantern room where the active light is located. (Sunsets and views are amazing from the lantern room)
Q: Are we allowed to take our boat to the lighthouse?
A: Boats are not allowed to be tied off to the lighthouse or anchored. The lighthouse is located in a navigable channel and anchoring is not advised. If you prefer to arrive by your own boat, transient slips are available for rent at the Borden Light Marina- 508-678-7547.
(reserve in advance)
Q: Does the lighthouse float and/or sway?
A: The lighthouse rests firmly and permanently upon the bottom of the bay. It does not "rock" or "sway"around with the waves, like a dock or a boat. It is as solid as being on land.
Q: Can we bring a small cooler?
A: You're more than welcome to bring a small cooler. Smaller the better, as we will need to carry it up the red ladder you see to the left . Overnight bags, beach style bags with long handles and back packs work best.
You will need to bring your own ice if so desired.
Q: Is the power plant behind the lighthouse nuclear?
A: The Brayton Point Power Plant, seen off the west side of the Light, was decommissioned in May 2017. The plant was coal fired and the cooling towers were added in 2010 to eliminate hot water from entering the bay and damaging the ecosystem. We are pleased to report that as of 2018, the decommissioned power plant and associated towers are slated to be torn down.
Q: Are we allowed to check-in/check-out at times other than the 4pm and 11am established times?
A:. Due to the operation logistics of the lighthouse, we strongly urge our guests use the established times, however, with advanced request, we are willing to accommodate changes that work best for our guests schedules for flight times, travel delays and family emergencies.
Feel free to email our Light Keeper Kevin with any additional questions or concerns- email@example.com.