More land has been added to the Split Rock Lighthouse State Park, 20 miles northeast of Two Harbors, on the North Shore of Lake Superior.
The lighthouse celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2010, and the park deal was completed late last month to add 19 acres to the state lands surrounding the historic landmark. The park now has 2,089 acres on both sides of Hwy. 61, for hiking, camping and picnics.
The new acres were acquired by the nonprofit Parks & Trails Council of Minnesota for just more than $1 million and was then acquired by the state DNR. Some of the acreage has an outstanding view of the lighthouse and Lake Superior and is crossed by the Gitchi-Gami State Trail. The new property was once considered for a condo development in the park.
Split Rock was the state’s sixth-most-visited state park in 2010, with more than 324,000 total visitors and nearly 10,000 campers.The lighthouse is operated as a visitor attraction by the Minnesota Historical Society.