First time ever at Jay Cooke State Park. Great campground with lots of hiking trails to get beautiful views of the St Louis River. There were brand new bathrooms and showers which was a nice surprise. We had the only pull thru site #46e and was just across front the new bathroom facilities. It did have a lot of foot and car traffic but the nice wooded sites still gave us privacy. Crossing the swinging bridge gives you the wonderful views up and down the river and grants access to some nice hiking trails. The soil at Jay Cooke is clay, so wet trails are very slippery as well as the rocky terrain is slick when wet too. Be sure to see the big stone which is located in one of the campsite loops. Saw my first ever - pink lady slipper flower. My Verizon cell service was pretty much non existent at the campsite. There was WiFi at the front office in the event that you need your phone. Loved Jay Cooke and hope to get back there again.
Our family has been camping here every year for the past 13 years. Great place for the kids, they can bike to town and go to Joyne’s Ben Franklin, and their favorite - World’s Best Donuts to have a skizzle. We love the beauty of the lake, hiking the trails and the shoreline, skipping rocks and enjoying everything the town has to offer. The summer season is pretty booked so we reserve our site on January 2nd every year. We have been there during Fisherman’s Picnic weekend, but now avoid that because it’s just way too busy for our liking. The downtown farmers market is always good to attend as well as the many different things the city puts on.
Wild River State Park is my go-to campground since it is within an hour of my home. I make it my first place to camp every season. Love the scenic trails and all the park has to offer. Hiking, biking, kayaking, fishing, exploring, informational programs, and the wooded campsites.