Split Rock Lighthouse State Park campground

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3755 Split Rock Lighthouse Road, Beaver Bay, MN, USA
Split Rock Lighthouse State Park campground - the campfire
Split Rock Lighthouse State Park campground - Our site all set up
Split Rock Lighthouse State Park campground - food locker and tent pad
Split Rock Lighthouse State Park campground - pulling the cart

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alyssa_ob alyssa_ob
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cart in camping Jul 09, 2009
Split Rock Lighthouse State Park has a campground with 20 cart in sites. Each site has a two wheeled cart that you load your gear on and wheel your stuff to the site. Two sites are handicap accessible and located along a level, paved trail. The rest of the sites are along two gravel trails that are all within 2000 feet of the parking lot. Our site was about 1/4 of a mile in. Each site is very secluded.

Our site included a wood mulch tent pad, fire pit, picnic table, food locker and cart parking/optional dirt tent pad. It was a short walk to the pit toilets. The odor was minimal and there was plenty of toilet paper, but no electricity, so bring a flashlight after dark!

Our site had a view of the lighthouse, but we were not on the water. Most sites are reservabale and the water access sites are the first to go, along with the sites nearest the flush toilets.

The main bathroom is located near the parking lot. It has flush toilets and electricity as well as 3 unisex showers. Each shower has a door to the outside that locks, a bench for your stuff and a push button shower. The shower started off quite cool and each time you pushed the button it got warmer. The water lasted for about 45 seconds each time. Near the end of the shower, the water was almost too hot to stand.

Be sure to use the food lockers. They are often called bear boxes, but you are unlikely to encounter bears here. The problem is rodents: chipmunks, squirrels and mice. You are advised to put all food locked into coolers and plastic totes and put those into the food lockers. I forgot and put some packets of apple cider mix in the food locker, but not in a plastic container. I don't know how they got in, but in the morning I found packets were chewed through by mice. Yuck. We opted not to bring our food cooler in since we didn't want to haul it. We only brought in what we needed for supper. We had our breakfast in the picnic area along the lake.

Reservations at state park campgrounds are highly recommended, especially for weekends. Firewood restrictions apply and you can only use DNR approved firewood. You can buy firewood and ice at the visitor center. The campground was very quiet and we could hear the small waves lapping on shore from Lake Superior. This was a very nice, secluded campground perfect for relaxing.
Our site all set up
food locker and tent pad
pulling the cart
the campfire
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