Split Rock Lighthouse State Park

 

 

     
 
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Location
 
 

Maps

 
 

summer map

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lighthouse area map

 
         
 

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Size

 
 

2,260 acres statutory, 2,103 owned

 
         
 

Parking

 
 

Visitor Center
3755 Split Rock Lighthouse Road
Two Harbors, MN 55616

N47 12.062, W91 22.020

 
         
 

Hours

 
 

Daily from 8 a.m. until 10 p.m.

 
         
 

Fees

 
 

Daily park permit: $7

Annual park permit: $35

 
         
 

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          Lake County  
          Northeast Minnesota  
     
 
Activities
 
 

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.

 
     
 
Ecology
 
 

Ecological Classification

  Ecological Classification  
  Ecological Province    

Laurentian Mixed Forest Province

   
  Ecological Section    

Northern Superior Uplands

   
  Ecological Subsection    

North Shore Highlands

   
  Land Type Association    

Split Rock Till Plain

   
             
 

Native Plant Communities*

   
 

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

   
  * Source: The Minnesota Biological Survey, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Division of Ecological Resources      
         
 

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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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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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Mammals

 
  Franklin’s ground squirrel (Poliocitellus franklinii)      
           
 
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Birds

 
 

Seven bird species with conservation status in Minnesota have been seen here:

Endangered

Horned Grebe (Podiceps auritus)

Threatened

Common Tern (Sterna hirundo)

Special Concern

American White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos)

Northern Goshawk (Accipiter gentilis)

Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus)

Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus)

Trumpeter Swan (Cygnus buccinator)

 
 

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Birds List

Minnesota DNR Bird checklist

eBird Field Checklist – Split Rock Lighthouse SP

eBird Field Checklist – campground area

eBird Field Checklist – Split Rock River Wayside

 
         
 

Fishes

 
 

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Fishes List

 
         
 

Fungi and Lichens

 
 

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Fungi List

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Lichens List

 
         
 

Insects and Arachnids

 
 

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Insects List

 
         
 

Plants

 
 

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

Endangered

northern spikemoss (Selaginella selaginoides)

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)

spike trisetum (Trisetum spicatum)

 
 

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas and Minnesota Biological Survey Vegetation Releves 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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