Jay Cooke State Park - Activities

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  • Park permits: $35 annual, $26 second vehicle, $12 handicapped, or $7 daily. Camping fees are separate.


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Located on a Lake or River



  • From the town of Carlton go 3 miles east on State Highway 210.

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  • Book an online reservation 24 hours a day. Phone reservations can be made by calling 866-857-2757 (TTY: 952-936-4008) between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. daily November through March, and from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily April through October. Call Ctr closed holidays.

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  • Accessible to Disabled
  • Can Accommodate Groups of 45 or more

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  1. Jay Cooke State Park

    Jay Cooke State Park

    780 East Highway 210
    Carlton, MN 55718
    Call: (218) 673-7000

    Hike the historic Grand Portage of the St. Louis River. Peer over the rail of the park's iconic Swinging Bridge at the dramatic rocky river gorge below or pause for a moment in the pioneer cemetery. The forests and vistas make this park a hikers' and skiers' delight. 50 miles of hiking, 8 miles of biking, 6 miles of horse trails: 34 miles of intermediate cross-country ski and 8 miles of snowmobile trails that connect with the Willard Munger State Trail.

    The park offers a variety of camping options including tent campsites with tent pads, RV campsites and five camper cabins. Camper cabins have bunk beds, electricity and heat, table with benches, screened porch and outdoor picnic table and campfire ring.

    The park offers a variety of naturalist activities and programming year round including guided hikes, phenology and historical presentations.

    Geocaching units are available for use. Snowshoes are available for rent. Firewood and ice are sold on-site.

    In addition to the Swinging Bridge, other historic sites include the pioneer's cemetery, grand portage trail and several stone structures from the CCC era.

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