Split Rock Lighthouse State Park

The horrific shipwrecks of 1905 fueled the demand for a lighthouse along Superior’s North Shore. The amazing construction process was completed in 1910, and the light at Split Rock shone until 1969. The history center’s superb displays, exhibits, and video presentations showcase the evolution of the lighthouse. For a glimpse of this remote lifestyle, include a visit to the lighthouse keeper’s home and outbuildings. The 20-minute tour is excellent! (Did they really sleep in those little beds?) The path leading southwest down to Lake Superior presents a distinctive view of the lighthouse and remnants of the lift that was used to haul supplies up from the lake. Climb the short, steep circular stairs to the top of the lighthouse. Spend some time at this historic treasure!

Split Rock Lighthouse State Park, a separate entity from the Lighthouse, encompasses the land surrounding the historic site. The park offers wonderful trails, cart-in campsites, cobblestone beaches, fishing and cross-country skiing.

  • Park Office

    Open year round with a small gift shop

    Visitor Center at Lighthouse open year round [limited winter hours] with gift shop and restrooms, too

  • Camping

    Open mid-May to mid-September

    • 20 cart-in sites
    • 2 accessible sites [in cart-in campground]
    • 4 backpack sites, .5 to 2 miles from parking; 2 are kayak site on the Lake Superior Water Trail
    • Firewood and ice are sold at the park
    • Accessible toilets and showers, vault toilets

    DNR Campground Map | Reservations

  • Maps
  • Historical Sites

    Split Rock Lighthouse and the surrounding 25 acres and buildings are on the National Register of Historic Places, Split Rock is operated by the MN Historical Society

  • Picnic Areas
    • On Lake Superior, with tables, fire rings and an open shelter that may be rented
    • Enclosed shelter with restrooms, indoor room with wood-burning stove [warming house in the winter] and patio; may be rented
  • Hiking

    12 miles with about 3 miles along Lake Superior; trails up the river and through the adjacent woods

    • 6 miles of self-guided trails passing by many historic sites of interest
    • .25-mile accessible paved trail in picnic area
    • Intermediate snowshoe trails
  • Biking: Mountain, Paved & Fat-Tire


    • 6 miles of hard-packed trails follow cross-country ski trails
    • Park connects to the paved Gitchi Gami State Trail
    • Fat Bike intermediate winter trails start at picnic area trailhead and are shared with snowshoers and skate skiers
  • Fishing

    In the Split Rock River and on Lake Superior; trout stamp required with MN Fishing license

  • Cross-country Skiing

    13K; all intermediate, trails begin at picnic area trailhead and are shared with snowshoers and fat bikers

  • Snowshoeing

    13K; all intermediate, trails begin at picnic area trailhead and are shared with snowshoers and skiers