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


THE BUDGET MEETING IS RE-SCHEDULED FOR APRIL 26, 2017 @ 7PM following the Machias Board of Selectmen meeting.

This will take place between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.  Brown or rusty colored water may be experienced temporarily.  The Machias Water Company and Machias Fire Department thank you.  Machias Water Company, 55 Water St, Machias, ME 04654, Phone # 207-255-3011.

National Prescription Day Take-Back Day is taking place on Saturday, April 29, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Machias Hannaford on Dublin Street. The Machias Police Department is hosting their Drug Take-Back Day in collaboration with the Washington County Sherriff’s Office and Healthy Acadia.  Community members are encouraged to bring in any unused, unwanted or expired prescription drugs for this free, anonymous service.  Additional Disposal opportunities – the Washington County Sherriff’s Office and the Calais Police Departments have prescription drug drop boxes that are accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  Drop boxes cannot take needles, epinephrine pens, or other sharps.

Town of Machias Public Hearing:
The Machias Planning Board will hold a Public Hearing on May 3, 2017 at 7 p.m. at the Rose M. Gaffney Gymnasium.  The purpose of this hearing is to review several new proposed ordinances and amendments to the Floodplain Management Ordinance.  Copies of the proposed ordinances are available at the Machias Town Office.  The Public is encouraged to attend this important meeting.

The following is a list of ordinances:

  1. Vacant Buildings
  2. Signs
  3. Litter
  4. Driveways
  5. Property Maintenance Regulating Buildings & Grounds
  6. Floodplain Management

Community Electronic Waste Recycling day
Saturday, May 6, 2017 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm at the County parking lot
Cooper Street, Machias, Maine

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