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Split Rock Lighthouse State Park

This park is situated on the North Shore of Lake Superior. Perhaps best known for its historic lighthouse, this park offers numerous recreational opportunities. Visitors can cart-in their supplies to pristine campsites along Lake Superior. Scenic trails along the lake link up to the spectacular Superior Hiking Trail. Anglers cast their lines for lake trout, salmon, and brown trout. The rocky beach is perfect for skipping stones into Lake Superior.

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Visitor Alert!

Construction Information

A project that will improve accessible trails and outdoor facilities in both the Campground and Trail Center areas is nearly done.

Construction includes improvements to campsites 2 and 3, new water fountains, re-surfaced trails, 2 accessible picnic sites and an overlook on the lakeshore, new outdoor lighting fixtures and re-paving at the Trail Center parking lot. Facilities at the Campground and Trail Center are open to the public. The entire project will wrap up early in October(after lighting installations are complete).

State Park Deer Hunt

Approximately 50 acres in the far northern part of Split Rock Lighthouse State Park (across the highway from Gold Rock Point) are open to public hunting and trapping by legislation.

There will be a deer hunt in the park on November 8 through November 23. All areas south and east of Highway 61 (lake side of Hwy.) will be open to the public and closed to hunting; areas north and west of Highway 61 (above Hwy 61) will be closed to the public on these dates and open only to hunters. Map with hunt area details. This is a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download it. THIS INCLUDES ALL OF THE SUPERIOR HIKING TRAIL, INCLUDING THE SPLIT ROCK RIVER LOOP!

For more information: state parks during fall hunting season.

Last updated September 29, 2014

Park Notes

Be fascinated. Check out the naturalist programs and other activities scheduled at the park.

Things to see and do at the park:

Need ideas? Here's park staff's list of top stops at the park!

Virtual Tour:

Take a virtual tour. It's a great tool to help you plan your next trip to the park!
Panoramic tour | Snapshot tour

Lighthouse Information

Photo Opportunities:

Find great places to take photos of the lighthouse. (Minnesota Historical Society)

Gitchi-Gami State Trail:

The Gitchi-Gami State Trail section running from the Split Rock River into Gooseberry Falls State Park is now complete! This part of the longest paved section of the trail passes through Split Rock Lighthouse State Park and ends in Beaver Bay.

State Forest Campgrounds:

Split Rock Lighthouse State Park manages two State Forest campgrounds - Indian Lake and Sullivan Lake Campgrounds. Both campgrounds are located north of Two Harbors near Brimson, MN. Camping is first-come, first-served at these areas. The cost is $14/night for a regular campsite. To make reservations for the Indian Lake Group Campsite, please call the park office at 218-595-7625.

Bike Parking:

Bike parking is available at the Trail Center within Split Rock Lighthouse State Park or in the lower picnic area lot at Gooseberry Falls State Park. For more information, please call the park office.

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Don't move firewood!

Burning non-local firewood can spread invasive species, and it's against Minnesota state law. Learn more. Always buy your firewood at the park, or from an approved local vendor. Find firewood vendors for Split Rock Lighthouse State Park


Bird Checklist This is a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download it. at Split Rock Lighthouse State Park.

Park Highlights

tree Tent Camping/Cart-in Sites

tree Historic Lighthouse / History Center Tours

tree Cross-Country Skiing

tree Scenic Views of Lake Superior

tree Waterfalls

tree Picnicking Along Lake Superior Lakeshore


Best time to contact the park: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, with extended hours during the summer season. As of 5/3/13, the park phone # has changed to 218-595-7625.


3755 Split Rock Lighthouse Road
Two Harbors, MN 55616

tel: 218-595-ROCK (7625)

email: SplitRockLthouse.StatePark@state.mn.us

Getting There

Located about 20 miles northeast of Two Harbors on MN Highway 61.