Snow Depth and Groomed Trail Conditions

Jay Cooke State Park

Trail conditions:

Jay Cooke State Park ski and fat tire bike trails have closed due to deteriorating conditions and warming temperatures. Hikers and snowshoers can now hike on the winter ski trails. Ogantz trail at Oldenburg Point is closed until next winter. Dogs are allowed on all trails (on a leash). Fat tire bike trails (on the south side of the St. Louis River) are now closed to fat tire bikes, as the tires can damage thawing trails. Horse trails (in the NE section of the park) will remain closed to horses until the trails dry and will not be damaged by horse traffic.

Trail conditions: closed
Trail groomed? no
Trail base: 1"
Trail mileage: 32
Difficulty: all levels (track)  
Trail conditions: closed
Trail groomed? no
Trail base: 1"
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/picnic shelter at the River Inn Interpretive Center is closed. Indoor bathrooms are available at the building during open hours. Open daily 10 am - 4 pm. May be closed on holidays.
  • Daily ski passes can be purchased at the self-registration kiosk outside the park office.
  • Snowshoe rentals will not be available during winter 2020/2021
  • Winter camping and lodging is available, contact park or website for details.

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Last updated on March 15, 2021. Local snow depth is 3".

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 currently closed due to COVID-19 response. We are answering phones and may intermittently have the service window open at the park office.

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