After 21 days, the State of Minnesota goverment shutdown is over! Split Rock, and the other Minnesota state historic sites will be open tomorrow, so we can get back to business. The shutdown was frustrating in that it came at the time when so many people are traveling on the North Shore and wanting to visit all of the sites and state parks, all of which were closed. The shutdown created an unfortunate situation with the closing of all the state parks and state historic sites, such as Split Rock Lighthouse. Tourists had to walk in to the parks as no vehicles were allowed. This caused some traffic congestion at the entrances to places like Gooseberry Falls and Split Rock Lighthouse State Parks.
Split Rock Lighthouse Weblog
Archive for July, 2011
With no one allowed on the historic lighthouse grounds during the shutdown some of the wildlife got a little bolder and made themselves at home. A young cow moose dined on the Virginia creeper planted near the lightkeeper’s houses on a couple of quiet mornings. This will change tomorrow when the site reopens for its regular hours of 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day.