Snow Depth and Groomed Trail Conditions

Jay Cooke State Park

Trail conditions:

Due to deteriorating conditions and warming temperatures, ski trails are now closed. This means that skiers can still use them, but so may hikers, snowshoers and those with pets. The fat tire bike trail (Summer Trail) is also closed. This means this trail is now also open to multi-use. Once the snow and ice trail base is down to bare ground in any location, bikers must keep off the trail. A Great Minnesota Ski Pass is required to ski in Minnesota State Parks. This pass is good in all state parks, trails and forests as well as many local community ski trail systems. A full list of these trails can be found at

Trail conditions: closed
Trail groomed? yes
Trail base: 10"
Trail mileage: 32.0
Difficulty: all levels (track)  
Trail conditions: closed
Trail groomed? yes
Trail base: 10"
Trail mileage: 1.0

The trail(s):
The trails consist of rolling hills, rocky outcrops and a beautiful view of the St. Louis river gorge. All ski trails are only groomed for classic style skiing. Skate ski trails are not offered.
The park's one-mile long snowmobile trail (Forbay Trail) connects to the Willard Munger State Trail.
You can snowshoe anywhere in Minnesota's state parks and recreation areas, except on trails that are specifically groomed for another activity, such as skiing or snowmobiling.


  • Warm yourself from the cold at the River Inn Interpretive Center! Building is open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily, but may be closed some holidays.
  • Daily ski passes are sold at the park office.
  • Snowshoe rentals are available at the park office.
  • Winter camping and lodging is available, contact park or website for details.

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Last updated on March 04, 2020. Local snow depth is 24".

Getting there

780 Hwy 210
Carlton, MN 55718

From Carlton, head east on Highway 210 three miles to park entrance.

Parking is available in the park, with several options on locations.


Phone: (218) 673-7000
Email: [email protected]
The park office is typically open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There may be times during that time the office will be closed if staff are unavailable.

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