Jay Cooke State Park

Trail conditions:

We have been able to open up the office, River Inn, Oldenburg and Grand Portage parking lots after the Nov. 30- Dec. 1 blizzard event. There's intermittent ice present on sidewalks and roads-please be careful when walking. We will not begin to prepare ski trails for grooming until after Dec. 13 due to Jay Cooke State Park hosting a muzzleloader deer hunt Dec. 7-13, when up to 80 hunters will be hiking on park trails. Park trails are closed Dec. 7-13 to anyone not participating in the hunt. With snow depth and icy on trees, it will take some time.Skiers are welcome to ski on ungroomed trails after the Dec. 7-13 deer hunt. A great Minnesota Ski Pass is required to ski in Jay Cooke State Park. Pets are not allowed on ski trails. Ogantz, Grand Portage and Carlton trails are not groomed in the winter and are open to hiking and snowshoeing. The bird feeders are out at the River Inn and chickadees and woodpeckers are very happy to see them!

Trail conditions: poor
Trail groomed? no
Trail base: 0"
Trail mileage: 32.0
Difficulty: all levels (track)  
Trail conditions: poor
Trail groomed? no
Trail base: 0"
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 December 10, 2019. Local snow depth is 22".

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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