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Split Rock Lighthouse State Park
& MN Historical Site

are on Hwy 61 about 48 miles from Duluth, and 20 miles from Two Harbors

MN Historical Society Visitor Center
Lighthouse open mid-May through mid-October
fee [$0-$9] charged to visit
Visitor Center open year-round with limited winter hours
State Park Office
Mon-Fri, 8am - 4:00pm
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split rock lighthouse

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.

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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 Area
tables with both, open & enclosed shelters along shores of Lake Superior; the enclosed shelter may be rented by calling the office


12 miles; part of the Superior Hiking Trail; trails down to Lake Superior, up the river and through the adjacent woods with 6 miles of self-guided trails passing by many historic sites of interest

Mountain Biking
6 miles; hard-packed dirt trails follow the xc ski trails
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in the Split Rock River and on Lake Superior; trout stamp required with MN Fishing license

most sites open mid-May to early-October 2 handicapped accessible sites
20 cart-in sites (carts provided...within 2000' of parking) 4 backpack sites, 2 for use by kayakers ... from 1/2-2 miles from parking lot
firewood and ice are sold at the park public phones
handicapped accessible toilets and showers vault toilets
DNR Campground Map Click for info on Reservations

Cross-country Skiing
13K; all groomed for classic (diagonal) stride with a warming house

anywhere in the park except on the xc ski trails

DNR Winter Map and DNR Summer Map of Split Rock Lighthouse State Park

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Celebrating our 103rd Anniversary

Edmund Fitzgerald Memorial Beacon Lighting
November 10th:: noon - 6 pm :: fee charged

Each year Split Rock Lighthouse marks the anniversary of the loss of the Edmund Fitzgerald with a public program that includes a reading of the names of the 29 men who lost their lives on the Fitzgerald on November 10th, 1975. The lighthouse, an aid to Lake Superior navigation for 59 years (1910 - 1969), is normally closed during the winter, but is reopened for this event culminating with a lighting of the beacon at dusk.

Visitor Center, Lighthouse & Fog Signal Building open to the public
20-minute Edmund Fitzgerald video played continuously in the Visitor Center Theater
4:30 pm Lighthouse temporarily closes while the names of the 29 lost crew members are read
Beacon Lighting directly after ceremony and the tower once again opened for visitors to tour

Areas to View the Beacon Lighting
Best if you want to attend or view the Bell Ringing Ceremony
Observation Deck between the Fog Signal Building and the Lighthouse*
The lawn below the Fog Signal Building*
Best if you want to get scenic photos of the beacon's lighting
*On the beach below the Lighthouse - you walk the beach trail from the Trail Center - flashlights are recommended*
The Pumphouse/Dock Site area at the base of the Tramway Stairs below the Lighthouse*

Admission & Parking
Admission to the Historic Site is charged.
Parking at the Historic Site is free for visitors paying admission.
For people only visiting the State Park, a State Park vehicle permit is required.

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