Minnesota North Shore State Parks Hwy 61 Lake Superior

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Split Rock Lighthouse, State Park
Split Rock Lighthouse

Split Rock Lighthouse State Park

Lake Superior Landmark - Split Rock Light House
State Park and Historical Society Visitor Center

On Hwy 61, 48 miles NE of Duluth/20 miles NE of Two Harbors

 (Minnesota Historical Society visitor center)

218-226-6377 (State Park Office)

Special Event
Annual Edmund Fitzgerald Memorial Beacon Lighting in honor of the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald click here for details


Split Rock Light House operated from 1910 until 1969. The Split Rock Lighthouse is located in Two Harbors, Minnesota. The light house commands a panoramic view of Lake Superior from the 130 foot cliff from which it stands on. Built after a 1905 fierce storm that sank one ship nearby and more than 30 others on Lake Superior. Superior is the most unpredictable, deepest, and coldest of the Great Lakes.

Visitors can view films and exhibits about the light house and the big lakes storms and shipwrecks.

Lake Superior Fun Facts

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November 10th, Split Rock Lighthouse Beacon lighting and
anniversary of the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald

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 one day event and the beacon is lighted at dusk. Hundreds of visitors have attended this event each year since the ceremony was started in 1985 on the tenth anniversary of the sinking of "the Big Fitz." You may call the Minnesota Historical Society at 651.259.3000 or toll free; 800.657.3773.

Check out our books about the Edmund Fitzgerald

State Park Office
open 8-5pm mid-May to mid-Oct,  8:30 - 3:30 mid Oct to mid-May Monday - Thursday. Staff may be out in Park.

Minnesota Historical Society Visitor Center
The lighthouse is open May-Oct; visitor center open year-round (12pm to 4pm, Friday - Sunday, only from mid-Oct through mid-May); fee charged to visit lighthouse.

Historical Sites
Split Rock Lighthouse and the surrounding 25 acre area and buildings are on the National Register of Historic Places.

Picnic Area
tables with both, open & enclosed shelters.

12 miles; part of the Superior Hiking Trail; trails down to Lake Superior, up the river and through the adjacent woods.

Mountain Biking
6 miles; hard-packed dirt trails follows the cross-country ski trails.

In the nearby Split Rock river and on Lake Superior for steelhead, brook trout and salmon.

20 walk-in sites, 4 backpack sites, 2 backpack/kayak sites, 1 kayak site, flush toilets and showers; carts are available for campers to toe gear; and public phones; firewood and ice are sold at the park.

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

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State Park and Historical Society Visitor Center

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