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).


NOTICE:  Special Town Meeting was held on January 17, 2018 at the Machias Tele-Business Center in the first floor conference Room 2 at 6:00pm to act on the following  articles: 

ARTICLE 1:  To elect a moderator to preside at said meeting – Ed Pellon

ARTICLE 2:  To see if the Town will vote to authorize the Board of Selectmen to borrow up to $250,000 to be used as matching funds for improvements at the Machias Valley Airport.  These funds will help secure another $250,000 in State funds and more than $4.4 million in Federal funds.  These funds will be used to re-construct the runway, install fuel services, and construct hangar space at the existing airport.  The Airport  Committee will work to obtain donations which will be used to offset the loan costs.  The Machias Board of Selectmen and Budget Committee Recommend. – Approved by 22 votes

ARTICLE 3: To see if the Town will vote to authorize the Machias Board of Selectmen to expend up to $16, 500 from the Un-designed Fund Balance for the purchase of a used snow plow truck body has dropped through frame.  The Machias Board of Selectmen and Budget Committee Recommend. – Permanently Tabled.


NOTICE:  The Town of Machias has a Petition to Keep Downeast  Correctional Facility Open, please come in and sign to support and fund LD 1704. 

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