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Split Rock Creek State Park Planning

The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Division of Parks and Trails is amending the management plan for Split Rock Creek State Park to change the location for a proposed horse camp and trailhead, and to recognize some additions to the horse trail system, including a new interim trailhead.  

Split Rock Creek State Park is located in southwest Minnesota, about 6 miles south of the city of Pipestone.  Split Rock Lake, the centerpiece of the park, is the largest body of water in Pipestone County and provides year-round water recreation, from ice fishing to swimming and boating. The lake was created by a large dam in 1938 by the Works Progress Administration (WPA). The hard pink bedrock known as Sioux Quartzite was used to construct the dam and stone arch bridge that crosses the creek. Remnants of native prairie are found within the park.

Prairie restoration in the western half of the park has opened up new areas for recreation, and several new horse trails have been established. The park plan amendment identifies a new site for a permanent horse camp close to the creek. A bridge is planned at this location, providing access to what will eventually be over eight miles of horse/hiking trails.

The plan amendment (see link below) is now available for public review, with comments accepted through February 28, 2012.
An open house will be held for anyone interested in learning more about or commenting on the plan amendment, at the park office on February 16, 2012, from 5:00 to 7:00 PM.

A management plan sets the direction for the state park for the next 15-20 years and includes recommendations for managing natural and cultural resources and providing recreational and interpretative opportunities to park visitors. The changes described in the plan amendment will foster close-to-home recreational opportunities and attract new users to the park.

For further information or to comment on the plan amendment, please contact:
Suzanne Rhees, Parks Planner, 651-259-5586 or
Craig Beckman, Park Manager, 507-283-1307,