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Split Rock Lighthouse Historic Site

Historic Site
Split Rock Lighthouse. June, 2009 – Lee Radzak

Split Rock Lighthouse is the centerpiece of a 20th century light station that guided ships across western Lake Superior from 1910 to 1969. Standing atop a 130 foot cliff overlooking Lake Superior Split Rock Lighthouse serves as an intact example of a Great Lakes light station. Today, it is a Minnesota state historic site and a national historic landmark. Visitors can tour the lighthouse, light keeper's home, fog signal building, and the grounds of the light station and hike trails to the lake shore and through the state park adjacent to the historic site. The Split Rock Lighthouse visitor center shows a film, offers exhibits and a museum store. Learn about the lives of the keepers and their families, and about the shipwrecks and the terrible Lake Superior storms that caused them.

Time Period Represented

1910 to 1925

Accessibility Notes

The visitor center building is fully accessible. The restored keeper's home is accessible but access to the lighthouse is limited by stairs.

Pet Friendly Notes

Pets on a leash are allowed anywhere in the state park. A pet exercise area is provided at the parking lot for the historic site. No pets are allowed on the grounds or in the buildings of the historic site. The 25-acre historic site and National Historic Landmark is surrounded by 2200-acre Split Rock Lighthouse State Park.


Summer hours (May 15 thru the last week in October) 10 am to 6 p.m daily

Seasons Open

Spring, Summer, Fall; (Winter - visitor center and grounds only)


Adults-$10, Seniors (65+)-$8, Kids (5-17)-$6, 5 and under -Free

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