Snow Depth and Groomed Trail Conditions

Jay Cooke State Park

Trail conditions:

4/7/23 We have stopped grooming for the season. The recent high winds brought down a lot of branch debris. Coupled with warmer temperatures that have turned things icy we have closed the ski trails for the season. Skiers may still use the CCC, Thomson, and Oak trails, but they are now also open to hiking or snowshoeing. Forebay Trail which is the snowmobile trail connecting to the Willard Munger Trail is still open, but unmaintained. Please use extreme caution when visiting the park. Branches and trees continue to fall from the damage of the December blizzard and now spring winds. All trails except CCC, Thomson, and Oak Trails which were cleared for winter skiing, are unmaintained and significantly blocked. Choose safe routes around trail blocks and be cautious around tree damage. If you do choose to go out on the unmaintained trails, be prepared for long waits for emergency services in case of injury.

Trail conditions: closed
Trail groomed? no
Trail base: 6"
Trail mileage: 32
Difficulty: all levels (track)  
Trail conditions: closed
Trail groomed? no
Trail base: 6"
Trail mileage: 1

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.


  • The warming shelter at the River Inn Interpretive Center is open daily from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. May be closed on holidays.
  • Ski passes are sold at the park office when it is open.
  • Snowshoe rentals are available when the park office is open.
  • Winter camping and lodging is available, contact park or website for details.

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Last updated on April 12, 2023. Local snow depth is 12".

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 is open daily from 8 am - 10 pm. The park office is open occasionally Mon-Wed, and typically 10-4 Thurs-Sun. If contact with office staff is a necessity, please call to confirm availability. Permits are always available via self-registration.

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