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Jay Cooke State Park

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Where to go: Leaves are showing hints of color. Not much has changed in the past week. Good places to observe will be across the Swinging Bridge along the Silver Creek Trail. Also, at Oldenburg Point for panoramic views of the St. Louis River Valley.

What you'll see: Brown-eyed Susan, Tall Sunflower, and Goldenrods are still beautiful. We are currently just seeing some pops of color in the trees, ferns, and sarsasparilla...about 15%. Yellows are starting to show in the birch and ash. A couple of maples along the lawn and road have turned almost 1/2 red. Fall is on the way!

Also of interest: Join us for our fall interpretive programs September 19 - 21. Check out the park website for specific times, dates and topics.

Last updated: September 17, 2014 

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Getting there

780 Highway 210
Carlton, MN 55718

From the town of Carlton go 3 miles east on State Highway 210 to use the west park entrance. The east park entrance off of Highway 23 in Fond Du Lac is still closed. The Jay Cooke Road area remains soft due to construction - please refrain from using this area if possible.


Phone: 218-384-4610

Email: jaycooke.statepark@state.mn.us

Best time to contact the park:

Office Open daily at 9 a.m. Closing hours vary:

Monday - Thursday 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Friday 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.

Saturday & Sunday 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.