Split Rock Plans Major Campground Expansion

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A North Shore landmark, Split Rock Lighthouse State Park, is planning a major campground expansion.

The park draws over 340,000 visitors annually but its campground has only 20 cart-in sites and four lakeshore backpack sites that frequently fill up in the summer months. None of the existing campsites have electrical hookups for recreational vehicles.

The park is planning to quadruple its capacity by adding up to 77 drive-up campsites with electricity, and four camper cabins, about a half-mile north of the existing camping area. The new campground would be northwest of Highway 61, back from Lake Superior. The project would be completed in two phases, with work starting as early as this summer.

A public comment period on the project’s environmental assessment worksheet is open through Jan. 25.

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  1. self made victims says:

    Sorry – I disgree with this. There are plenty of drive-up / electrical sites at neighboring parks. Why ruin this one?

    1. Progressive Thinker says:

      If it brings in more revenue, then go ahead and do it. People with motorhomes will gladly pay to camp there. I think they should put a couple hotels and boat tour operations in the boundry waters as well. We need to market our natural resources to those who are actually willing to pay to see them instead of sucking up tax money to preserve them for a lessor number of self-rightous. Maybe that would generate some extra revenue to put towards a new Vikings stadium.

  2. Phil Usher says:

    Is it too much to ask to have just one park in the area where we don’t have to put up with big, hulking RVs and their TVs, stereos, appliances, water pumps, etc? Just one park for those of us who don’t mind roughing it and really enjoy the outdoors – those who don’t feel the need to drag along all the comforts of home?

    The North Shore is already peppered with state parks that accommodate all those spoiled RV campers who don’t like to camp.

  3. Cassie b says:

    I also disagree. Leave the park the way it is for those whe enjoy the quiet.

  4. Progressive Thinker says:

    If it brings in more revenue, then go ahead and do it. People with motorhomes will gladly pay to camp there. I think they should put a couple hotels and boat tour operations in the boundry waters as well. We need to market our natural resources to those who are actually willing to pay to see them instead of sucking up tax money to preserve them for a lessor number of self-rightous. Maybe that would generate some extra revenue to put towards a new Vikings stadium.

  5. Mark says:

    I miss the North Shore, how it used to be not all that long ago, before all the rich, wealthy, uncaring city dwellers migrated to the shores of the beautiful inland sea and destroyed its solitude with their mansions.

    Leave this crown jewel alone, and just because you can’t drive a motor home into it and camp, doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy the park. I have hiked most of the park, as well as bicycled on the state trail. It is peace and solitude, if you are willing to work a little to get away from the ease of life’s conveniences. Stop this now be3fore every pristine place is lost to greed and selfishness and our unending lust for money.

    “Don’t it always seem to go, that you don’t know what you’ve got til it’s gone? They paved paradise and, in this case, put up an RV park.”

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