Located southwest of Silver Bay or about 20 miles northeast of Two Harbors, Split Rock Lighthouse is a long time fixture of North Shore Experiences along Minnesota’s Lake Superior shore.
The lighthouse was completed in 1910 and commissioned in 1905 after a substantial loss of ships in the Mantaafa Storm, a late fall storm that destroyed or damaged 29 vessels and killed 36 seamen.
At the time of construction, no roads ran to the construction site so materials were shipped from Duluth harbor.
The Lighthouse became such a fixture and favorite on the north shore among tourists that it stayed in use well past it’s need as technology made it obsolete.
For nearly 6 decades the lighthouse operated on the North Shore and was retired in 1969 and added to the national register of historic places.
Visiting Split Rock
Split Rock Lighthouse is part of the Split Rock Lighthouse State Park Area while the light house is managed by the Minnesota Historical society. Visiting the light house will provide stunning views of Lake Superior and a glimpse into Lake Superior’s storied past.
While there make sure to check out the many hiking and bike paths that run through the state park and give even more breathtaking views of the lake and vantages on the light house.