Jay Cooke State Park

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Jay Cooke State Park

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.

Visitor Alert

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)

Park Notes

Learn more about the park:

North Shore Waterfall Tour - Weekend Itinerary
Virtual tour: Panoramic tour | Snapshot tour
Current St. Louis River Water Levels: Thomson Dam data external link
Who is Jay Cooke? This link leads to an podcast. (5:05 MP3 narrated by Kris Hiller, Park Naturalist)
Timeline and photo history of the Swinging Bridge

Gift Cards:

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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 ChecklistThis is a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download it. at Jay Cooke State Park.

Park Highlights

tree Camping

tree Hiking

tree Swinging Bridge

tree Pioneer Cemetery

tree Thomson Dam

tree Oldenburg Point


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

tel: 218-673-7000

email: jaycooke.statepark@state.mn.us

Getting There

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.