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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.

Visitor Alert!

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.

Deer hunt in December

There will be a deer hunt in Jay Cooke State Park on December 5 through December 9 for muzzleloader season.

The park will be open only to deer hunters with a valid permit during the special permit hunt with the exception of the campground, River Inn Visitor Center area and swinging bridge which will remain closed to hunting and open to the public. View map PDF

For more information: state parks during fall hunting season.

(Updated Oct. 13, 2015)

Park Notes

Be fascinated. Check out the naturalist programs and other activities scheduled at the park.

Learn More about the Park:

Who is Jay Cooke?This link leads to an podcast. (5:05 MP3 narrated by Kris Hiller, Park Naturalist)
Timeline and photo history of the Swinging Bridge
Map of the park showing 2012 flood damage locations
Photos of the 2012 flooding at the park and up the North Shore

Virtual Tour:

Take a virtual tour. It's a great tool to help you plan your next trip to the park! Panoramic tour | Snapshot tour

Gift Cards:

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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 ChecklistThis is a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download it. at Jay Cooke State Park.

Park Highlights

tree Camping

tree Hiking

tree Swinging Bridge

tree Pioneer Cemetery

tree Thomson Dam

tree Oldenburg Point


For late fall and early winter, the park office will generally be open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be times the park office may be closed if staff are unavailable.


780 Highway 210
Carlton, MN 55718

tel: 218-384-4610

email: jaycooke.statepark@state.mn.us

Getting There

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.