Trailblazers: this park is a must! Park trails link up to the Willard Munger State Trail at the north edge of the park; perfect for backpackers, bikers (both mountain and tour), hikers, horseback riders, and skiers.
Check out the wildflowers in the spring, and the vivid colors in the fall. Walk on the swinging suspension bridge high above the raging St. Louis River. Visit the historic cemetery and the gorge at Thomson Dam.
Tell me more about this park's wildlife, history, geology and landscape.
St. Louis River Ice-Out Update
Most of the river area under the Jay Cooke Swinging Bridge opened up Feb. 22.
(Updated Feb. 22, 2017)
All 2017 reservation holds removed for Jay Cooke State Park
Reservation holds had been in place on some of Jay Cooke State Park's campsites for portions of 2017. These have all been removed. Campsites are now reservable for the 2017 camping season.
(Updated Jan. 21, 2017)
Learn more about the park:
• North Shore Waterfall Tour - Weekend Itinerary
Purchase a Minnesota State Parks Gift Card.
Don't move firewood!
Burning non-local firewood can spread invasive species, and it's against Minnesota state law. Learn more. Always buy your firewood at the park, or from an approved local vendor. Find firewood vendors for Jay Cooke State Park.
Bird Checklist at Jay Cooke State Park.
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.
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.