Jay Cooke State Park
Trailblazers: this park is a must! Park trails link up to the Willard Munger State Trail at the north edge of the park; perfect for backpackers, bikers (both mountain and tour), hikers, horseback riders, and skiers.
Check out the wildflowers in the spring, and the vivid colors in the fall. Walk on the swinging suspension bridge high above the raging St. Louis River. Visit the historic cemetery and the gorge at Thomson Dam.
Tell me more about this park's wildlife, history, geology and landscape.
Happy 100th to Jay Cooke State Park!
The park is turning one hundred years old in 2015! All year, we'll be celebrating a full century of rich history, incredible natural resources, and fun outdoor recreation. Learn more.
Summer Naturalist Corps jobs
Know a young person who wants to become a naturalist? The seasonal Naturalist Corps jobs are hiring now!(Updated January 14, 2015)
Be fascinated. Check out the naturalist programs and other activities scheduled at the park.
Learn More about the Park:
• Who is Jay Cooke? (5:05 MP3 narrated by Kris Hiller, Park Naturalist)
Purchase a Minnesota State Parks Gift Card.
Don't move firewood!
Burning non-local firewood can spread invasive species, and it's against Minnesota state law. Learn more. Always buy your firewood at the park, or from an approved local vendor. Find firewood vendors for Jay Cooke State Park.
Bird Checklist at Jay Cooke State Park.
Best time to contact the park:
Office Open daily 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
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.