machias-sealWelcome to Machias

A Unique and Historic Town located in Downeast Maine

The word Machias in the Passamaquoddy language means “bad little falls”, which is representative of the beautiful and rugged waterfalls located on the Machias River in the center of the community. The falls provided the power to the historic mills that lined the waterway to the bay. As Machias has always been dependent upon the natural resources of the area for the growth of the community, the waterways and falls played a starring role in the lumber trade, fisheries, and shipping of goods. A unique blend of past and present, Machias still maintains many traditional jobs that have built upon the original culture of being inexplicably tied to the natural beauty and resources provided by both the land and sea.

Of balsam & blueberries, lobsters & lighthouses, puffins & whale watching, sunsets over the bay…More than the just the sights, smells, and sounds…It’s a feeling.

Machias            Maine             Magic

It’s closer than you think

Any information given to the Machias Board of Selectmen for the meetings is available to the public at the Machias Town Office by that Wednesday (day of the meeting).


The Machias Town Office will be closed Monday, December 18th at 1:00pm for Christmas Staff Lunch with a snow date of Tuesday, December 19th at 1:00pm.

The Machias  Town Office will be closed on Monday, December 25th and Monday, January 1st for the Holidays.

Machias Bay Area Transfer Station will be closed on Sunday, December 24th and Sunday, December 31st for the Holidays.


Changes to the Board of  Selectmen’s Meeting Schedules:
Wednesday, December 13th changed to Wednesday, December 6th
Wednesday, December 27th changed to Wednesday, December 20th


The new dog tags are available as of Monday, October 16, 2017 at the Machias Town Office for 2018.  As of February 1, 2018 there will be a late fee of $25.00.


Visit the “Amber’s Best” table at the Machias Valley Farmers’ Market on the Dike in Machias Maine to get double your WIC.

Efficiency Maine offers new energy and weatherization programs including rebates,
incentives, etc.  For more information go to our web site under Local Utilities or go to

The Maine Department of Marine Resources announcements