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Where to go: Trees have quickly changed in the past few days. Good places to observe will be across the Swinging Bridge along the Silver Creek Trail. Also, at Oldenburg Point for panoramic views of the St. Louis River Valley. Remember that you can only enter the park through our west entrance in Carlton/Thomson on Highway 210. Our east entrance off of Highway 23 is still closed. Take time to drive to Oldenburg Point. There are great river views from our new highway bridge.

What you'll see: Brown-eyed Susan, Tall Sunflower, and Goldenrods are still beautiful. The understory has quickly changed this week with a lot of red sumac, and grasses and ferns taking on yellows and russet browns. The ashes are the first to change and are yellow to brown. Aspens and birches are turning a yellow-green color as they move towards gold. There are some odd pops of red maple colors, but most are still green. Trees colors are about 50% and are changing fast with the warm, sunny days and cool nights we've been having lately. Color peaks in the park sometime between the last weekend of September and the first weekend in October.

Also of interest: Join us for our fall interpretive programs Friday, Saturday and Sundays through the first weekend in October. Check out the park website for specific times, dates and topics.

Last updated: September 22, 2014 

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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 daily at 9 a.m. Closing hours vary:

Monday - Thursday 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

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

Saturday & Sunday 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.