Snow Depth and Groomed Trail Conditions

Jay Cooke State Park

Trail conditions:

New snow of about an inch fell Feb. 28. North side CCC and Thomson and White Pine Trails were groomed Feb. 28 with good results, but trails are starting to deteriorate with warmer temps. All other ski trails were last groomed (or for the fat tire bike trail, packed) between February 17 and 19. Melting is starting to occur, but the tracks are still holding up.Hikers and snowshoers please use trails that are not tracked for skiing. Consider hiking or snowshoeing anywhere off the trail network or on designated trails such as Ogantz (easy), Grand Portage (moderate to difficult) or Carlton (moderate to difficult). Reminder: No dogs are allowed on trails used for skiing and a Great Minnesota Ski Pass is required for skiers age 16 and older.

Trail conditions: fair
Trail groomed? yes
Trail base: 5"
Trail mileage: 32
Difficulty: all levels (track)  
Trail conditions: fair
Trail groomed? yes
Trail base: 0"
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 03, 2021. Local snow depth is 11".

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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