Split Rock / Beaver Bay

Split Rock & Beaver Bay Areas

Ah, the most visited spot on the shore – Split Rock Lighthouse. This century-old light sits atop a 130-foot cliff at Superior’s edge, once a beacon of safety for passing ships, now an icon for travelers. Born on the backs of the 29 ships damaged during the infamous storm of November 1905, the light was in use until 1969 when it and the adjacent scenic wayside became a state park.

Nearby Beaver Bay is the first organized European community along the shore. In mid-1856 the sidewheel steamer Illinois dropped anchor at the mouth of the Beaver River with 25 passengers, including the Wieland brothers, German immigrants who opened a sawmill that year.

Things to do in Split Rock / Beaver Bay

Split Rock Lighthouse
Split Rock Lighthouse

3713 Split Rock Lighthouse Road | Two Harbors, MN 55616

Tour the lighthouse, fog-signal building, oil house and light-keeper’s house Learn more in the exhibit area in the visitors center which features a 22-minute film about the lighthouse Shop the museum store Take a guided tour Attend the annual Edmund… see more

  • Tour the lighthouse, fog-signal building, oil house and light-keeper’s house
  • Learn more in the exhibit area in the visitors center which features a 22-minute film about the lighthouse
  • Shop the museum store
  • Take a guided tour
  • Attend the annual Edmund Fitzgerald Commemorative Beacon Lighting every November 10th

Stops Along the Way

 

Beaver Bay (mile marker 50.0)

Enjoy the eclectic mix of shops and restaurants, then stop by the cemetery and pay your respects to legendary North Shore mail carrie John Beargrease.

 

Beaver Bay Trailhead (mile marker 51.3

Stop by the new trailhead, check out the maps and make the short walk to admire views of the Beaver Falls, Beaver River, river mouth and bay.

 

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