Jay Cooke State Park

Trail conditions:

Fresh snow Thursday so we've begun re-grooming again. Friday, January 24th we re-groomed on the south side of the bridge. The Ridge, Silver Creek, Bear Chase & Lost Lake trails were all combed and tracked. Saturday, January 25th we groomed on the north side: CCC, Thomson and White Pine trails. In addition, the fat bike trail across the river on Summer trail was packed Friday.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 www.mndnr.gov/skipass Winter rules - Remember that pets, walking, snowshoeing and sleds are not allowed on groomed ski trails. These activities are allowed on our designated snowshoe trails. Look for the snowshoe trail symbols on the map or stop in the office to get some advice on the best place to hike or walk your dog during the winter.

Trail conditions: very good
Trail groomed? yes
Trail base: 14"
Trail mileage: 32.0
Difficulty: all levels (track)  
Trail conditions: good
Trail groomed? yes
Trail base: 14"
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 January 25, 2020. Local snow depth is 30".

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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