Jay Cooke State Park

Cloquet, Minnesota 55720

Jay Cooke State Park

Jay Cooke State Park Professional Review and Guide

"West of Duluth. A short trail through a large park that follows the Saint Louis River from the rocky gorge to the high, red, clay banks. Special attractions: The Saint Louis River Gorge, the swinging bridge, and overlooks of the river valley; also backcountry camping.

For most visitors, the Saint Louis River Gorge is Jay Cooke State Park’s main draw, though it was not always as appreciated as it is today. As the western terminus of the Great Lakes trade route, it was an impediment for early explorers and voyageurs who were forced to portage around the rapids, going up steep slopes and over sharp rocks. From here they were able to access the wild interior and link the east coast with the Gulf of Mexico—by way of the Mississippi River and one more portage."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
180 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Easy to Moderate
Skill Level
910 feet
Trailhead Elevation
910 feet
Top Elevation
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, 800-652-9747
Local Contacts
State park trail map; USGS quads: Esko and Cloquet.
Local Maps

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Jul 2018