North Shore Landmark Collapses Into Lake Superior

By KBJR News 1

August 22, 2010 Updated Aug 22, 2010 at 11:07 PM CDT

SILVER BAY, MINN --- Tettegouche State Park officials say the park's famous arch has collapsed into Lake Superior.

The natural beauty has been an icon on the North Shore for many years...and park officials say the collapse occurred the exact same way it was originally created.

"Erosion and weathering. The rock eventually breaks down from the wave action…that is what wore the hole in the rock in the first place, creating the archway…little sand and pebbles as it hits the shore line, the process kept on going on…kept thinning and thinning," said Amy Funk.

Park officials were alerted that the collapse had happened Sunday morning, but they're not exactly sure yet when the collapse took place.

"Folks were stopping in yesterday asking about its where abouts. It was a little foggy and assumed it was the fog. It's probably only been a couple days… within the last week," said Funk.

Park officials say they have seen the arch within the last week.

Although the arch is no longer... park officials say it did leave behind a new kind of landmark.

"What it did leave behind, a neat new land mark… sea stacks, instead of being a sea arch."