Split Rock Lighthouse State Park

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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!

Winter Services:

Come explore the park during the quieter season!

  • We will continue our fat bike pilot this year, with trails groomed specifically for fat biking.
  • Snowshoes may be used on fat bike trails, or anywhere else in the park.
  • Cross-country skiers will find better opportunities at the nearby Gooseberry Falls and Tettegouche state parks.
  • The campground is accessible by skis or snowshoes and open for winter camping.
  • The Lighthouse Historic Site is open each day, but their Visitor Center is closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Trail detour

The Superior Hiking Trail will be detoured along the Gitchi-Gami State Trail between the Visitor Center at Gooseberry Falls State Park and the Split Rock River Wayside. Check current trail conditions onlineThis link leads to an external site. or call the park office.

(Updated 12-9-15)

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 are some of our staff's top stops at the park!

Virtual Tour:

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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 Picnicking Along Lake Superior Lakeshore

tree Scenic Views of Lake Superior

tree Waterfalls


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.