The rugged land formations of Jay Cooke State Park enhance the beauty of the hardwood forests and make for great camping near Minneapolis. The water-eroded gorge, steep valleys, and massive rock formations are seen throughout the park. In some seasons, the water of the St. Louis River thunders over slabs of ancient, exposed rock. At other times, it slows to a gentle trickle. Visitors enjoy the scenic splendor of Jay Cooke State Park during all seasons.
Drive-in Sites 79 Sites: Most are wooded sites. In winter, 12 sites are kept available for winter camping. Of these, five are electric sites.
Pull-Through Sites: One Site
Electric Sites: 21 Sites Majority of sites are 20 and 30 amps, some 50 amp.
RV Length Limit: Variable by site up to 60 Feet Length is measured from front of tow vehicle to rear of vehicle being towed.
Wheelchair Accessible Sites: 3 Sites Located near drinking water. Two sites are electric, one is non-electric.
Backpack Sites: 4 Sites Sites are located from 1 to 4 miles from parking area. Each site has picnic table, fire ring and latrine. Campers must haul water or treat water on site. Trail access to these sites has been restored after a 2012 flood, but a few nearby trails remain closed. Please register at the park office for details on how to get to these sites.
Walk-in Sites: 4 Sites Sites are located 50 to 150 feet from parking area.
Group Camp: 2 Sites - Each accommodates up to 25 people Remote, wooded camp with walk-in sites approximately 150' from parking area (limited parking). Carts are provided to carry in camping gear. Water spigot and vault toilets available. Tents only. Lodging
Camper Cabins: 5 Cabins All cabins have a screened porch. Electricity and heat are available year-round. Agate and Basalt cabins are ADA accessible and sleep 5. Slate, Gabbro, and Shale Cabins sleep 6 people. Pets not allowed in cabins. More information on camper cabins.
Stayed at campground. Nice and well maintained. Family camping.
Should you find yourself heading to the north shore, take a break and hit the trails of Jay Cooke. A variety of trails awaits you. If you have more time, then reserve a campsite and explore the many wonders of this area.
campsites are nice and spacious and plenty of trees for privacy. Hanging bridge is neat and beautiful rapids along the river, makes for a nice hike
This is one of my favorite campgrounds! The sites are gorgeous and well-spaced. There is running water & vault toilets - they are currently renovating their running toilets & shower as of 2018, but that should be back up for the 2019 season. The hiking trails are BEAUTIFUL, including parts of the Superior Hiking Trail! The park staff are courteous and well-informed. You can purchase firewood, ice, and souvenirs at the park headquarters during open hours. The sites are reserve-only, so check online and book before you go. I also love that it's only a 20-30 minute drive to Duluth!
This season, need to bring own water in.
Jay Cooke is a great place to drive to for a day hike of exploring and sitting nearby the rapids. This is a great spot for some light rapids kayaking! You can beach your kayak after the busy section and just sit and enjoy the water and go for a hike. This place gets pretty busy in the summer so I'd suggest going in the early morning to avoid most people and get the most out of your time there!
Additionally, the roads nearby and going through the park are really windy and pretty fun to drive on. You can drive right along the water for a good stretch of road which makes the trip all that much better!
Such a beautiful park! Great views of the river along with both long and short hiking trails. The swinging bridge was really pretty as well. We ended up going on a 4 mile hike here it was a pretty easy hike, mostly through the woods along with a few openings with river views! Dogs are welcome on a leash! They have a nice gift shop and information building!
Love this park! well maintained campground with plenty to do. you can bike, run, hike and camp.
This state park is a real gem in terms of its location (near Dulluth, and first in a series of state parks that go up the North Shore of Lake Superior) as well as its educational and recreational opportunities. It is located in a rocky gorge on the St Louis River, which provides a great destination for anyone who wants to study geology of the region. There are also miles of hiking trails, access to the Oberstar Bike trail, park naturalist programs, and nearby rentals for whitewater kayaking for those who are very adventurous. The campsites are wooded and nicely spaced, and the park camper cabins (where I stayed) are really cozy and nice!
WARNING: One current downfall of the park, which will be a problem for the coming yea, is that the park experienced a massive water main break during a recent storm, and the park currently has no drinking water, showers or bathrooms available. You will need to bring your own jugs of water for drinking and washing up, and be prepared to use outhouses. This applies to campsites as well as camper cabins. Major construction is going on in the west part of the campground, too, as a new line is put in and the bath houses are rebuilt, so be prepared for some construction noise.
Every site is divided in plenty of tree cover. I can’t wait to go back and do more hiking!