Split Rock Creek State Park 

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Split Rock Creek State Park is located in the Prairies region of southern Minnesota near Jasper and Pipestone.

Split Rock Creek State Park

How to Get to Split Rock Creek State Park: Drive 7 miles southwest of Pipestone on State Highway 23. Turn left on County Road 54 and drive 1 mile to the park entrance.

Park Highlights:

  • This area was once one of the few places in Minnesota without a large lake.  In 1938, a Sioux Quartzite dam was built across Split Rock Creek to create Split Rock Lake and provide water-based recreation, including fishing and swimming. 
  • The county road that crosses the dam is listed on the National Register of Historic Places
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Split Rock Creek State Park’s Natural Attractions: The park is situated in an area of oaks, aspens, and maples, surrounded by acres of remnant prairie. Waterfowl and song birds are attracted to the areas near the lake. Many species of small mammals find shelter in the woods, and you might spot an owl or a hawk high in the tree branches.

Things to Do in Split Rock Creek State Park:  The swimming beach is a popular summer attraction for campers and area residents. A picnic area with a shelter, tables, and fire rings is nearby. Volleyball and horseshoe equipment can be borrowed at the park office.

Fishing is good in Split Rock Lake. You may catch walleye, northern, bass, perch, and panfish. Canoes, kayaks, rowboats, and paddleboats are available to rent.

There are 4.5 miles of hiking trails within the park, including 2.5 miles of self-guided trails. Start your hike at the Beach Side Trail Center, but first take some time to enjoy views of the park and lake from this vantage point.

A sliding hill and warming house provide winter fun. Snowshoeing is permitted throughout the park.

Camping in Split Rock Creek State Park: There are 34 drive-in sites for tents and RVs; 21 sites have electrical hookups. In addition, there is one tents-only group camp that accommodates up to 75 people. Most sites are in wooded areas and offer a sense of privacy. Park amenities include showers, flush and vault toilets, and a dump station. 

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Split Rock Creek State Park
More Attractions in This Region: Visit Pipestone National Monument just 7 miles north of the park. Learn about the quarrying of pipestone and how it has been used in Indian ceremonies since the 1600s.

Other State Parks in This Region of Minnesota: Blue Mounds State ParkKilen Woods State Park Lake Shetek State Park Camden State Park


336 50th Avenue
Jasper, MN 56144

Phone: 507-348-7908

Email: splitrockcreek.statepark@state.mn.us

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