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Jay Cooke State Park

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Where to go: Final Report -Past peak with a few scattered pockets of color in the oaks. A hike along the river is usually the best place to go to see colors. Because the Swinging Bridge is still currently closed, ask in the office about how to get to different open areas. From the Swinging Bridge area, an easy trail along the river is the CCC trail. A lot of spots to pop off the trail and view the rapids and trees. If you're looking for more of a challenge, on the other side of the river the Carlton trail offers fantastic river views but a more difficult trail.

What you'll see: At least 90% of the trees have lost their leaves. Most pockets of color are oak trees and a few maples. A lot of nice brown colors in the ferns and grasses.

Also of interest: The Swinging Bridge is still closed for construction as workers finish up their projects. The new projected completion date isn't until late October. We will definitely shout loud and wide to all the media and our websites when it's open again.

Remember to drive into the park through our west park entrance from Carlton and Thomson on Highway 210. The east entrance from Hwy. 23 is still closed.

Last updated: October 25, 2013 

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Getting there

780 Highway 210
Carlton, MN 55718

From the town of Carlton go 3 miles east on State Highway 210 to use the west park entrance. The east park entrance off of Highway 23 in Fond Du Lac is still closed. The Jay Cooke Road area remains soft due to construction - please refrain from using this area if possible.


Phone: 218-384-4610

Email: jaycooke.statepark@state.mn.us

Best time to contact the park:

Office Open:

Monday - Thursday 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Friday - Sunday 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.