Jay Cooke State Park Re-Opens

Jay Cooke State Park is reopening to the public on Monday October 22nd. This northeastern Minnesota park has been closed for the past four months due to severe flooding that occurred last June. While the flooding did not damage any of the campground facilities, the damage to the roads and trails made it necessary to close the park for the safety of its visitors.

When the park initially reopens, it will serve its visitors on a first come, first served basis for campsites and camper cabins. Starting in November, the park will begin accepting reservations for camper cabins.

One of the park’s most notable features will remain closed for a bit longer. The swinging bridge which traverses the St. Louis River is expected to reopen in late summer, 2013. The bridge is still in need of extensive repairs.

It is anticipated that the park will have 38 miles of hiking trails and 8-10 miles of cross-country ski trails available when the park reopens. When the park is fully functional, there are approximately 50 miles of hiking trails and 32 miles of cross-country ski trails.

Visitors should enter the park using the western entrance from the city of Thomson. It is likely that there will be road construction in the area as ongoing highway repairs continue.

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