Pilings at the mouth of the Split Rock River

Have you ever driven northeast on Highway 61 between Two Harbors and Silver Bay and wondered about the history of the pilings that stick out of the water at the mouth of the Split Rock River? If so, you’re not alone (and you’re also in luck)!

The pilings date back from the late 19th and early 20th century when the Split Rock Lumber Company, a subsidiary of the Merrill and Ring Lumber Company, logged the area. The company logged Norway and white pine and hauled the timber down a 10-mile railroad to the mouth of the Split Rock River. The pilings are remnants of the old wharf and dam that the company used from 1899 to 1906.

Note: The hiking trail to the north of Highway 61 follows a section of where the rail line used to operate.

Getting There
On Highway 61 around mile marker 43 (about 18 miles north of Two Harbors), look for the Split Rock River pullout/parking lot. The pilings can be found at the mouth of the river.