Split Rock Lighthouse State Park

               
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Area and County

Lake County

 

 

 


Size

2,260 acres statutory, 2,103 owned

 
 
Maps

Minnesota DNR Summer Map

 
Parking

Visitor Center
N47 12.062, W91 22.020

 
Hiking Trails

12 miles
6 mile interpretive trail
¼ mile handicapped accessible

 
Hunting

All hunting but no trapping in an isolated, 50-acre section of the park. No hunting or trapping elsewhere. See Hunting and Trapping Regulations (MN DNR) for details.


Ecological Classification

Province

Laurentian Mixed Forest Province

Ecological Classification

Section

Northern Superior Uplands

Subsection(s)

North Shore Highlands

Land Type Association(s)

Split Rock Till Plain

 
Native Plant Communities1

Aspen - Birch Forest: Hardwood Subtype

Bedrock Shrubland (Inland)

Bedrock Shrubland (Lake Superior)

Black Ash - Aspen - Balsam Poplar Swamp (Northeastern)

Crystalline Bedrock Outcrop (Northern)

Dry Felsic Cliff (Northern)

Dry Open Talus (Northern)

Exposed Mafic Cliff (Lake Superior)

Gravel/Cobble Beach (Lake Superior)

Lake Superior Rocky Shore

Lowland White Cedar Forest (North Shore)

Spruce - Fir Woodland (North Shore)

Upland White Cedar Forest

White Pine - Red Pine Forest

Wet Mafic Cliff (Northern)

Willow - Dogwood Shrub Swamp

Young Forest Complex


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Minnesota DNR


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Visits

5/26/2011

   

 

 

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Split Rock Light Station was put into service on July 31, 1910 near the town of Two Harbors on the north shore of Lake Superior.It was built in response to a disastrous 1905 storm that sank or damaged 29 ships on western Lake Superior. During its first 20 years, the station was only accessible by boat so lighthouse keepers and families lived on-site for the Lake Superior shipping season and left for the winter months. In 1924 Hwy 61 was extended past the light station which made the site accessible by car. By the 1930s keepers and their families could live there year round and the light station had become a popular tourist attraction.

The bivalve Fresnel lens was built in Paris, France by Barbier, Bernard & Turene. It was assembled prism by prism in the lighthouse's lantern room with a total weight of nearly 6.5 tons. The lens made one revolution every 20 seconds, floating on a thin layer of mercury. Gears driven by weights on cables turned the lens. Light for the beacon was provided by an incandescent kerosene vapor lamp.

 
     
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A tour inside of the Split Rock Lighthouse in Two Harbors Minnesota. The Split Rock Lighthouse is on Lake Superior. The lighthouse is now non-operational, and is part of Split Rock Lighthouse State Park. This is a great place for camping and sight seeing.

 
     
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A short hike and overnighter at Split Rock Lighthouse State Park in MN.

 
     
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A look around the backpack/kayak campsite at Split Rock Lighthouse State Park. Sorry for the jittery camera work. I tried my iPhone 4 out to shoot the video for the first time and I guess the image stabilization isn't nearly as good as on my little Canon SD780IS I normally use. Either that or I need to work on trying to hold the iPhone steadier?

 
     
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Drove up trying to get some good fall colors but it was not to be.

 
     
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http://OpenRoadAdventures.biz - Explore the history of the Split Rock Lighthouse in Minnesota. Split Rock is located along the North Shore of Lake Superior near the town of Two Harbors. Split Rock Lighthouse is said to be the "most photographed lighthouse in the United States". Take the history tour and see why. Visit www.OpenRoadAdventures.biz for more on the Split Rock Lighthouse in Minnesota and to see our Minnesota Audio Tours.

 
     

 

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Birds

Three bird species with conservation status in Minnesota and one tracked species have been seen here:

 

Endangered

Horned Grebe (Podiceps auritus)

 

Special concern

Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus)

Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus)

 

Tracked

Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)

 
 

Minnesota DNR Bird checklist


Plants

Six plant species with conservation status in Minnesota are found here:

 

Special concern

common butterwort (Pinguicula vulgaris ssp. vulgaris)

creeping juniper (Juniperus horizontalis)

Hudson Bay eyebright (Euphrasia hudsoniana var. ramosior)

intermediate sedge (Carex media)

quill spikerush (Eleocharis nitida)

rock whitlow-grass (Draba arabisans)

 
 

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas (Bell Museum of Natural History) Plant List

 
 

Plants frequently found in:

Aspen - Birch Forest: Hardwood Subtype FDn43b2

Bedrock Shrubland (Inland) ROn23a

Bedrock Shrubland (Lake Superior) ROn23b

Black Ash - Aspen - Balsam Poplar Swamp (Northeastern) WFn55a

Crystalline Bedrock Outcrop (Northern) ROn12b

Dry Felsic Cliff (Northern) CTn11d

Dry Open Talus (Northern) CTn12a

Exposed Mafic Cliff (Lake Superior) CTu22a

Gravel/Cobble Beach (Lake Superior) LKu32e

Lake Superior Rocky Shore LKu43

Lowland White Cedar Forest (North Shore) WFn53a

Spruce - Fir Woodland (North Shore) FDn32e

Upland White Cedar Forest FDn43c

White Pine - Red Pine Forest FDn43a

Wet Mafic Cliff (Northern) CTn42a

Willow - Dogwood Shrub Swamp WMn82a


 

 

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