Jay Cooke State Park

Jay Cooke State Park Offers Multiple Upcoming Winter Events

Ski Trails at Jay Cooke State Park Are Currently Closed While Crews Continue to Groom, Perform Maintenance

CARLTON, Minn. – As winter break approaches for many Northland students, families will have more time to venture out and explore the winter wilderness. Two upcoming events are set to take place at Jay Cooke State Park in December. Carly Hawkinson-Sohm stopped by FOX 21 Local News to chat about the events and let folks know how to get involved….

Enjoy The Multi-Color Vibrant Views Of Fall

GREAT OUTDOORS: Jay Cooke State Park Colorful Fall Foliage Hike, Places To See That Are Less Visisted Within The Park

CARLTON, Minn. — In this week’s Great Outdoors, Fox 21’s Meteorologist Brittney Merlot takes on a hike through the fall foliage of Jay Cooke State Park. “The colors seem to be peaking a little faster than we’ve historically had in the past few years.” explained Assistant Park Manager Ty Gangelhoff. It’s said to be an “un–leaf–able” sight to explore the…

Staying Active in Jay Cooke State Park During the Winter

Many visit for winter activities.

DULUTH, Minn.-This winter, many Minnesotans are choosing to be active by exploring nature at Jay Cooke State Park. The park has a variety of programs this upcoming year including, kids activities and Park after Dark, which is a night snowshoe hike. Trailblazers also enjoy biggest highlight, the swinging bridge. The parks naturalist says  everyone should get out this winter. You…

Making Colorful Fall Memories at Jay Cooke State Park

Park Naturalists at Jay Cooke State Park are Pleased to Invite the Public to their Wednesday Wanderings Series in October

DULUTH, Minn. – Starting Wednesday, October 3, you, your family and friends are invited to take part in a new month-long series at Jay Cooke State Park near Carlton. Wednesday Wellness Wanderings will include a guided tour with Park Naturalist Kristine Hiller. The event is a three-part weekly series. Folks are invited to arrive and take part in the series from…

How to Ensure Safe Campfire Traditions

Park officials say its important to teach your child campfire safety at every age.

CARLTON COUNTY, Minn.- As the weather is slowly getting warmer, its that time of year for smores and campfire stories, along with the fun comes fire responsibility. Dryer weather and winds are ideal conditions for wildfires to spark. To avoid your campfire getting out of hand, park officials ask campers to use a fire ring, avoid liquid fire starters, and…

Gov. Dayton Requesting Funds To Repair State Parks

Activities such as parks and trails, timber sales, mining, fishing and hunting are managed by the DNR and contribute about $30 billion to Minnesota's economy.

CARLTON, Minn. – Minnesota has more than 60 state parks. Many needing serious repairs when it comes water and wastewater systems, roads and trails. That’s why Gov. Dayton wants the legislature to grant $130 million in funding to make park repairs across the state. If you’ve visited Jay Cooke State Park in the last few months then you may have…

Junior Naturalists Get A Lesson In Identifying Animals During Winter

Kids also made and took home a plaster animal track.

CARLTON, Minn. – The cold is not keeping some dedicated “junior naturalists” from learning about the outdoors this this weekend  from the warmth of a classroom. They showed up to Jay Cooke State Park to learn about identifying animals in the winter. These young snow trackers discovered what animals signs to look for like animal droppings, footprints or bones. The…

Jay Cooke State Park Has Activities to Keep You Busy This Holiday Season

DULUTH, Minn. – Jay Cooke State Park will be offering several free naturalist programs during the upcoming holiday time period.  All programs are free, but a Minnesota State Park vehicle permit is needed to enter the park.  They can be purchased upon arrival.  $7/day or $35/annual.  Attached is our program flier for the winter, but here are the highlights for…

New Shop in Carlton Offers Handcrafted Goods and Gifts

Gateway Goods Offers a Variety of Handmade Goods and Gifts for Everyone to Enjoy

CARLTON, Minn. – As the season of gift giving soon returns, many of us may think of big box stores for the latest and greatest gadgets and goods. However, one dynamic sister duo in Carlton is looking to shine a spotlight on local businesses. If you get a chance to take a break along Chestnut Avenue in Carlton, chances are…

State Parks Offering Several Programs for Outdoor Fun and Learning

CARLTON, Minn. – Spring is here and summer is around the corner meaning state parks are beginning to bustle with visitors. Kristine Hiller, Jay Cooke State Park Naturalist, says many programs are open to all interested. Hiller points out some are geared toward outdoor enthusiasts, some toward outdoor beginners and some to families and children. Here are a few she…