Jay Cooke State Park





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Flooding on June 20, 2012, caused extensive damage to MN Highway 210, which provides access to the north part of the park, and to the swinging pedestrian bridge across the St. Louis River, which provides access to the trails in the south part of the park. The park was closed from June 20 to October 22, 2012.









8,938 acres statutory, 7,893 owned


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  Area and County
    County   Carlton County
    Region   Northeast Minnesota


Visitor Center
780 Highway 210
Carlton, MN 55718

N46 39.274, W92 22.330



Daily from 8 a.m. until 10 p.m.



Daily park permit: $7

Annual park permit: $35



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Mountain biking

Horseback riding




Rock climbing and bouldering





Nature photography


Cross country skiing


Winter hiking





Wheelchair accessible

0.5 mile


50 miles

Winter hiking

9 miles

Paved bike

8 miles

Mountain bike

13 miles


6 miles

Cross country skiing

32 miles


Less than 1 mile


9 miles


Hunting and Fishing

No hunting. The park may hold one or more managed hunts in the fall.

In most cases, Minnesota residents do not need a permit to fish in Minnesota State Parks.


Ecological Classification

  Ecological Classification
Ecological Province Ecological Province  

Laurentian Mixed Forest Province

Ecological Section Ecological Section  

Northern Superior Uplands
Southern Superior Uplands
Western Superior Uplands

Ecological Subsection Ecological Subsection  

Glacial Lake Superior Plain
Mille Lacs Uplands
North Shore Highlands

Land Type Association    

Douglas Lake-Modified Till Plain

Duesler Lake Plain

Highland Moraine

Nickerson Moraine


Native Plant Communities*


Alder - (Maple - Loosestrife) Swamp

Alder Swamp / Northern Sedge Meadow Complex

Aspen - Ash Forest

Aspen - Birch Forest

Aspen - Birch - Basswood Forest

Aspen - Fir Forest

Beaver Wetland Complex

Bedrock/Boulder Shore (River): Permanent Stream Subtype

Black Ash - Aspen - Balsam Poplar Swamp (Northeastern)

Black Ash - Basswood Forest

Black Ash - Conifer Swamp (Northeastern)

Black Ash - Mountain Maple Swamp (Northern)

Black Ash - Silver Maple Terrace Forest

Gravel/Cobble Beach (River): Permanent Stream Subtype

Lowland White Cedar Forest (North Shore)

Northern Wet Ash Swamp

Red Oak - Sugar Maple - Basswood - (Bluebead Lily) Forest

Red Pine - White Pine Woodland (Eastcentral Bedrock)

Red Pine - White Pine Woodland: Balsam Fir Subtype

Red Pine - White Pine Woodland: Mountain Maple Subtype

River / Rocky Shore Complex

Sedge Meadow

Slumping Clay/Mud Slope (River)

Sugar Maple - Basswood - (Bluebead Lily) Forest

Thomson Outcrop / Cliff / Woodland Complex

Upland White Cedar Forest

White Cedar Swamp (Northeastern)

White Pine - White Spruce - Paper Birch Forest

Willow - Dogwood Shrub Swamp

* Source: The Minnesota Biological Survey, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Division of Ecological Resources    

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A Walk in the Park: Jay Cooke State Park
A Walk in the Park


Jun 12, 2017

Trailblazers: this park is a must! Perfect for backpackers, bikers, hikers, horseback riders, and skiers. Walk on the swinging suspension bridge high above the raging St. Louis River, check out the wildflowers in the spring, and the vivid colors in the fall.


Shot & Edited by Michael Uss

Jay Cooke State Park Tour - Minnesota North Shore


Uploaded on May 23, 2011

http://OpenRoadAdventures.biz - Video tour of Jay Cooke State Park, it's awesome suspension bridge and waterfalls. Jay Cooke is located along the North Shore Highway on the Shores of Lake Superior in Minnesota

St. Louis River raging after record rainfall


Published on Jun 23, 2012

Swinging bridge at Jay Cooke State Park getting beat up by the St. Louis River.



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Fungi and Lichens

Fly Agaric (Amanita muscaria)   Fly Agaric
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Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Amphibians and Reptiles List



Six bird species with conservation status in Minnesota have been seen here:


Horned Grebe (Podiceps auritus)


Common Tern (Sterna hirundo)

Special Concern

American White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos)

Boreal Owl (Aegolius funereus)

Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus)

Purple Martin (Progne subis)

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Birds List

Minnesota DNR Bird checklist

eBird Field Checklist (Complete)

eBird Field Checklist (Grand Portage Trail)

Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)

Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas)

Ovenbird (Seiurus aurocapilla)

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius)

  Blue Jay


Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Fishes List


Fungi and Lichens

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Fungi List

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Lichens List

Crown Rust (Puccinia coronata)   Crown Rust

Insects and Arachnids

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Insects List

Canadian tiger swallowtail (Papilio canadensis)

eastern tiger swallowtail (Papilio glaucus)

lime nail gall mite (Eriophyes tiliae)

maple spindle-gall mite (Vasates aceriscrumena)

plum finger gall mite (Eriophyes emarginatae)

river jewelwing (Calopteryx aequabilis)

white admiral (Limenitis arthemis arthemis)

wood, mound, and field ants (Formica spp.)


eastern tiger swallowtail

lime nail gall mite


American red squirrel (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus)   American red squirrel


Seven plant species with conservation status in Minnesota are found here:


eastern hemlock (Tsuga canadensis)

wild chives (Allium schoenoprasum)


blunt-lobed grapefern (Botrychium oneidense)

Ross’ sedge (Carex rossii)

Special Concern

false mountain willow (Salix pseudomonticola)

necklace sedge (Carex ormostachya)

russet buffaloberry (Shepherdia canadensis)

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas and Minnesota Biological Survey Vegetation Releves Plant List

Plants frequently found in:

Alder - (Maple - Loosestrife) Swamp FPn73a

Aspen - Ash Forest MHn46a

Aspen - Birch Forest FDn43b

Aspen - Birch - Basswood Forest MHn35a

Aspen - Fir Forest MHn44c

Bedrock/Boulder Shore (River): Permanent Stream Subtype RVx43a2

Black Ash - Aspen - Balsam Poplar Swamp (Northeastern) WFn55a

Black Ash - Basswood Forest MHn46b

Black Ash - Conifer Swamp (Northeastern) WFn64a

Black Ash - Mountain Maple Swamp (Northern) WFn55c

Black Ash - Silver Maple Terrace Forest FFn57a

Gravel/Cobble Beach (River): Permanent Stream Subtype RVx32c2

Lowland White Cedar Forest (North Shore) WFn53a

Northern Wet Ash Swamp WFn55

Red Oak - Sugar Maple - Basswood - (Bluebead Lily) Forest MHn35b

Red Pine - White Pine Woodland (Eastcentral Bedrock) FDn22d

Red Pine - White Pine Woodland: Balsam Fir Subtype FDn33a1

Red Pine - White Pine Woodland: Mountain Maple Subtype FDn33a2

Sedge Meadow WMn82b

Slumping Clay/Mud Slope (River) RVx54a

Sugar Maple - Basswood - (Bluebead Lily) Forest MHn47a

Upland White Cedar Forest FDn43c

White Cedar Swamp (Northeastern) FPn63a

White Pine - White Spruce - Paper Birch Forest MHn44b

Willow - Dogwood Shrub Swamp WMn82a



alsike clover (Trifolium hybridum)

American basswood (Tilia americana var. americana)

American cow parsnip (Heracleum maximum)

American fly honeysuckle (Lonicera canadensis)

American red raspberry (Rubus idaeus ssp. strigosus)

balsam fir (Abies balsamea var. balsamea)

balsam poplar (Populus balsamifera)

bigleaf aster (Eurybia macrophylla)

bigtooth aspen (Populus grandidentata)

bird’s-foot trefoil (Lotus corniculatus var. corniculatus)

bittersweet nightshade (Solanum dulcamara)

black bindweed (Fallopia convolvulus)

black-seeded plantain (Plantago rugelii var. rugelii)

bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis)

blue vervain (Verbena hastata)

boxelder (Acer negundo var. negundo)

bristly buttercup (Ranunculus hispidus)

bunchberry (Cornus canadensis)

Canada anemone (Anemonastrum canadense)

Canada mayflower (Maianthemum canadense)

Canadian honewort (Cryptotaenia canadensis)

Canadian wild ginger (Asarum canadense)

chokecherry (Prunus virginiana var. virginiana)

common buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica)

common burdock (Arctium minus)

common dandelion (Taraxacum officinale ssp. officinale)

common mullein (Verbascum thapsus ssp. thapsus)

common plantain (Plantago major)

common polypody (Polypodium virginianum)

common self-heal (Prunella vulgaris)

common tansy (Tanacetum vulgare)

common yarrow (Achillea millefolium)

crown vetch (Securigera varia)

dill (Anethum graveolens)

downy Parlin’s pussytoes (Antennaria parlinii ssp. fallax)

dwarf raspberry (Rubus pubescens)

eastern white pine (Pinus strobus)

field horsetail (Equisetum arvense)

fragrant bedstraw (Galium triflorum)

fringed loosestrife (Lysimachia ciliata)

golden clover (Trifolium aureum)

green ash (Fraxinus pennsylvanica)

hairy-stem gooseberry (Ribes hirtellum)

harebell (Campanula rotundifolia)

hedge bindweed (Calystegia sepium)

hoary alyssum (Berteroa incana)

hog peanut (Amphicarpaea bracteata var. bracteata)

interrupted fern (Claytosmunda claytoniana)

large-flowered bellwort (Uvularia grandiflora)

long-beaked sedge (Carex sprengelii)

marsh hedge nettle (Stachys palustris)

marsh skullcap (Scutellaria galericulata)

Maryland black snakeroot (Sanicula marilandica)

Michigan lily (Lilium michiganense)

mountain maple (Acer spicatum)

narrow-leaved cattail (Typha angustifolia)

narrow-leaved hawkweed (Hieracium umbellatum)

nodding trillium (Trillium cernuum)

northern bedstraw (Galium boreale)

northern bush honeysuckle (Diervilla lonicera)

northern lady fern (Athyrium filix-femina var. angustum)

northern white cedar (Thuja occidentalis)

orange hawkweed (Pilosella aurantiaca)

ostrich fern (Matteuccia struthiopteris var. pensylvanica)

oxeye daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare)

pagoda dogwood (Cornus alternifolia)

paper birch (Betula papyrifera var. papyrifera)

Philadelphia fleabane (Erigeron philadelphicus var. philadelphicus)

pineapple-weed (Matricaria discoidea)

prairie alumroot (Heuchera richardsonii)

prairie rose (Rosa arkansana)

purple meadow-rue (Thalictrum dasycarpum)

quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides)

rattlesnake fern (Botrypus virginianus)

red baneberry (Actaea rubra ssp. rubra)

red clover (Trifolium pratense)

red elderberry (Sambucus racemosa var. racemosa)

red osier dogwood (Cornus sericea ssp. sericea)

rough cinquefoil (Potentilla norvegica)

round-lobed hepatica (Anemone americana)

sensitive fern (Onoclea sensibilis)

sessile-leaf bellwort (Uvularia sessilifolia)

shinleaf (Pyrola elliptica)

smooth brome (Bromus inermis)

speckled alder (Alnus incana ssp. rugosa)

spotted touch-me-not (Impatiens capensis)

spreading dogbane (Apocynum androsaemifolium)

staghorn sumac (Rhus typhina)

sugar maple (Acer saccharum ssp. saccharum)

tall buttercup (Ranunculus acris var. acris)

thimbleberry (Rubus parviflorus)

timothy (Phleum pratense ssp. pratense)

violets (Viola section Chamaemelanium subsection Nudicaules)

Virginia waterleaf (Hydrophyllum virginianum var. virginianum)

western bracken fern (Pteridium aquilinum var. latiusculum)

western poison ivy (Toxicodendron rydbergii)

white avens (Geum canadense)

white campion (Silene latifolia ssp. alba)

white clover (Trifolium repens ssp. repens)

white rattlesnake root (Nabalus albus)

white spruce (Picea glauca)

wild geranium (Geranium maculatum)

wild sarsaparilla (Aralia nudicaulis)

wild strawberry (Fragaria virginiana)

woodland horsetail (Equisetum sylvaticum)

woodland strawberry (Fragaria vesca ssp. americana)

yellow avens (Geum aleppicum)

yellow birch (Betula alleghaniensis)

yellow wood sorrel (Oxalis stricta)

zigzag goldenrod (Solidago flexicaulis)


Abies balsamea var. balsamea (balsam fir)

Acer negundo var. negundo (boxelder)

Acer saccharum ssp. saccharum (sugar maple)

Acer spicatum (mountain maple)

Achillea millefolium (common yarrow)

Actaea rubra ssp. rubra (red baneberry)

Alnus incana ssp. rugosa (speckled alder)

Amphicarpaea bracteata var. bracteata (hog peanut)

Anemone americana (round-lobed hepatica)

Anemonastrum canadense (Canada anemone)

Anethum graveolens (dill)

Antennaria parlinii ssp. fallax (downy Parlin’s pussytoes)

Apocynum androsaemifolium (spreading dogbane)

Aralia nudicaulis (wild sarsaparilla)

Arctium minus (common burdock)

Asarum canadense (Canadian wild ginger)

Athyrium filix-femina var. angustum (northern lady fern)

Berteroa incana (hoary alyssum)

Betula alleghaniensis (yellow birch)

Betula papyrifera var. papyrifera (paper birch)

Botrypus virginianus (rattlesnake fern)

Bromus inermis (smooth brome)

Calystegia sepium (hedge bindweed)

Campanula rotundifolia (harebell)

Carex sprengelii (long-beaked sedge)

Cornus alternifolia (pagoda dogwood)

Cornus canadensis (bunchberry)

Cornus sericea ssp. sericea (red osier dogwood)

Cryptotaenia canadensis (Canadian honewort)

Diervilla lonicera (northern bush honeysuckle)

Equisetum arvense (field horsetail)

Equisetum sylvaticum (woodland horsetail)

Erigeron philadelphicus var. philadelphicus (Philadelphia fleabane)

Eurybia macrophylla (bigleaf aster)

Fallopia convolvulus (black bindweed)

Fragaria vesca ssp. americana (woodland strawberry)

Fragaria virginiana (wild strawberry)

Fraxinus pennsylvanica (green ash)

Galium boreale (northern bedstraw)

Galium triflorum (fragrant bedstraw)

Geranium maculatum (wild geranium)

Geum aleppicum (yellow avens)

Geum canadense (white avens)

Heracleum maximum (American cow parsnip)

Heuchera richardsonii (prairie alumroot)

Hieracium umbellatum (narrow-leaved hawkweed)

Hydrophyllum virginianum var. virginianum (Virginia waterleaf)

Impatiens capensis (spotted touch-me-not)

Leucanthemum vulgare (oxeye daisy)

Lilium michiganense (Michigan lily)

Lonicera canadensis (American fly honeysuckle)

Lotus corniculatus var. corniculatus (bird’s-foot trefoil)

Lysimachia ciliata (fringed loosestrife)

Maianthemum canadense (Canada mayflower)

Matricaria discoidea (pineapple-weed)

Matteuccia struthiopteris var. pensylvanica (ostrich fern)

Nabalus albus (white rattlesnake root)

Onoclea sensibilis (sensitive fern)

Claytosmunda claytoniana (interrupted fern)

Oxalis stricta (yellow wood sorrel)

Phleum pratense ssp. pratense (timothy)

Picea glauca (white spruce)

Pilosella aurantiaca (orange hawkweed)

Pinus strobus (eastern white pine)

Plantago major (common plantain)

Plantago rugelii var. rugelii (black-seeded plantain)

Polypodium virginianum (common polypody)

Populus balsamifera (balsam poplar)

Populus grandidentata (bigtooth aspen)

Populus tremuloides (quaking aspen)

Potentilla norvegica (rough cinquefoil)

Prunella vulgaris (common self-heal)

Prunus virginiana var. virginiana (chokecherry)

Pteridium aquilinum var. latiusculum (western bracken fern)

Pyrola elliptica (shinleaf)

Ranunculus acris var. acris (tall buttercup)

Ranunculus hispidus (bristly buttercup)

Rhamnus cathartica (common buckthorn)

Rhus typhina (staghorn sumac)

Ribes hirtellum (hairy-stem gooseberry)

Rosa arkansana (prairie rose)

Rubus idaeus ssp. strigosus (American red raspberry)

Rubus parviflorus (thimbleberry)

Rubus pubescens (dwarf raspberry)

Sambucus racemosa var. racemosa (red elderberry)

Sanguinaria canadensis (bloodroot)

Sanicula marilandica (Maryland black snakeroot)

Scutellaria galericulata (marsh skullcap)

Securigera varia (crown vetch)

Silene latifolia ssp. alba (white campion)

Solanum dulcamara (bittersweet nightshade)

Solidago flexicaulis (zigzag goldenrod)

Stachys palustris (marsh hedge nettle)

Tanacetum vulgare (common tansy)

Taraxacum officinale ssp. officinale (common dandelion)

Thalictrum dasycarpum (purple meadow-rue)

Thuja occidentalis (northern white cedar)

Tilia americana var. americana (American basswood)

Toxicodendron rydbergii (western poison ivy)

Trifolium aureum (golden clover)

Trifolium hybridum (alsike clover)

Trifolium pratense (red clover)

Trifolium repens ssp. repens (white clover)

Trillium cernuum (nodding trillium)

Typha angustifolia (narrow-leaved cattail)

Uvularia grandiflora (large-flowered bellwort)

Uvularia sessilifolia (sessile-leaf bellwort)

Verbascum thapsus ssp. thapsus (common mullein)

Verbena hastata (blue vervain)

Viola section Chamaemelanium subsection Nudicaules (violets)


alsike clover

American cow parsnip

American red raspberry

black bindweed


Canada anemone


common mullein

common tansy

crown vetch

fringed loosestrife


large-flowered bellwort

Michigan lily

northern bedstraw

orange hawkweed

oxeye daisy

prairie rose

red baneberry

red elderberry

rough cinquefoil

spotted touch-me-not

purple meadow-rue


Virginia waterleaf

wild geranium

woodland strawberry


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