Snow Depth and Groomed Trail Conditions

Jay Cooke State Park

Trail conditions:

As of Friday, January 21, all ski trails have been groomed since our last significant snowfall. Trails on the north side of the St. Louis River were groomed January 7 and trails west of Jay Cooke Road and north of the St. Louis River were regroomed January 21 with good results. On the south side of the St. Louis River, Silver Creek trail and the ridge trails were regroomed January 21 with good results. All other trails were groomed between January 6-11 and are still holding up decently. We groomed and combed the Summer trail for Fat Tire Biking January 6. Tracks are still useable but starting to wear.The Forebay snowmobile spur trail between the Munger trail and the Jay Cooke State Park office/River Inn/swinging bridge area has been groomed.Hikers and snowshoers- please use Ogantz trail, Grand Portage Trail or Carlton Trails. Hiking and snowshoeing are not allowed on any trails that are groomed for ski use in the winter.

Trail conditions: good
Trail groomed? yes
Trail base: 4"
Trail mileage: 32
Difficulty: all levels (track)  
Trail conditions: good
Trail groomed? yes
Trail base: 4"
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.
  • Daily ski passes can be purchased anytime at the self-registration kiosk, or inside 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 January 21, 2022. Local snow depth is 10".

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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