mm 46.0 Split Rock Lighthouse State Park

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!

COVID-19 Update

Split Rock Lighthouse grounds to open July 15. This refers to the MN Historical Society site grounds. Details about the State Park below.
Limited visitors. Grounds only – not visitor center or lighthouse.
Advance tickets [up to 1 month] sold online beginning July 8th. Admission is $8 each, and free for 4 years old and younger.
A pop-up store will be open limited hours outside the Visitor Center.

State Park Details
Park is open daily; buy a vehicle permit online, record your confirmation number and place it on your car’s dashboard.

Be prepared. Buildings and warming shelters may not be open. Dress appropriately for the weather, and bring extra supplies with you.

Parks are getting extremely busy every day and it may not be possible to practice good social distancing. Be extra careful in parking areas, around signs and toilets, and on narrow trails, fishing piers and bridges where people tend to cluster. If you see a lot of cars in the parking lot or at the trailhead, turn around and find someplace else for outdoor recreation.

The Ranger Station and Nature Store are closed until further notice.


Admission to Split Rock Lighthouse

May 9 -Oct 31, 2020 … $10 adults; $8 seniors [65+], Vets, Active Military & College Students; $6 Children ages 5-17
Nov 1 -Dec 31 2020 … FREE
**see grounds-only admission rates above

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.

split rock overlook

Looking for the perfect spot to take a photo of the lighthouse?

Take advantage of the Split Rock Lighthouse overlook, located south of the park entrance, directly off Highway 61.

Edmund Fitzgerald Memorial Beacon Lighting

Thursday, November 10th   11am-6pm

This annual event commemorates the sinking of the freighter Edmund Fitzgerald and the loss of her 29 crew members on November 10, 1975. It is also a time to reflect on the memory of all lives lost in Great Lakes shipwrecks. The lighthouse, fog signal building and visitor center will be open. Costumed guides will greet visitors and provide historic site and shipwreck information. Throughout the afternoon, visitors can view a film about the Edmund Fitzgerald in the visitor center.

At 4:30 pm, the lighthouse will close temporarily while the names of the crew members are read to the tolling of a ship’s bell and the Naval Hymn is played. Following the ceremony, the beacon will be lit, and the tower will be open again to tour. This is the only opportunity each year when visitors can climb the tower after dark and see the lit beacon.

  • Park Office

    Open year round with a small gift shop Visitor Center at Lighthouse open year round [limited winter hours] with gift shop and restrooms, too

  • Camping

    Open mid-May to mid-September

    • 20 cart-in sites
    • 2 accessible sites [in cart-in campground]
    • 4 backpack sites, 1/2 to 2 miles from parking; 2 are kayak site on the Lake Superior Water Trail
    • Firewood and ice are sold at the park
    • Accessible toilets and showers, vault toilets

    DNR Campground Map | Reservations

  • Maps
  • 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

    Lighthouse is open

    10 am – 6pm May 15 – October 15
    11 am – 4pm October 16 – May 14, Thursdays – Mondays

  • Picnic Areas
    • On Lake Superior, with tables, fire rings and an open shelter that may be rented
    • Enclosed shelter with restrooms, indoor room with wood-burning stove [warming house in the winter] and patio; may be rented
  • Hiking

    12 miles with about 3 miles along Lake Superior; trails up the river and through the adjacent woods

    • 6 miles of self-guided trails passing by many historic sites of interest
    • .25-mile accessible paved trail in picnic area
    • Intermediate snowshoe trails
  • Biking: Mountain, Paved & Fat-Tire


    • 8.7 miles of hard-packed trails follow cross-country ski trails
    • Park connects to the paved Gitchi Gami State Trail
    • Fat Bike intermediate winter trails start at picnic area trailhead and are shared with snowshoers and skate skiers
  • Fishing

    In the Split Rock River and on Lake Superior; trout stamp required with MN Fishing license

  • Cross-country Skiing

    13K; all intermediate, trails begin at picnic area trailhead and are shared with snowshoers and fat bikers

  • Snowshoeing

    13K; all intermediate, trails begin at picnic area trailhead and are shared with snowshoers and skiers

  • Warming House

    There is a warming house located at the Trail Center picnic area