Jay Cooke State Park


Area and County

    Carlton County
    Northeast Minnesota

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8,938 acres statutory, 7,893 owned


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N46 39.274, W92 22.330

Hiking Trails

50 miles
½ mile handicapped accessible


No hunting

Ecological Classification Province  

Laurentian Mixed Forest Province

Ecological Classification

Northern Superior Uplands
Southern Superior Uplands
Western Superior Uplands


Glacial Lake Superior Plain
Mille Lacs Uplands
North Shore Highlands

Land Type Association(s)

Douglas Lake-Modified Till Plain

Duesler Lake Plain

Highland Moraine

Nickerson Moraine

Native Plant Communities1

Alder - (Maple - Loosestrife) Swamp

Alder Swamp / Northern Sedge Meadow Complex

Aspen - Ash Forest

Aspen - Birch Forest

Aspen - Birch - Basswood Forest

Aspen - Fir Forest

Beaver Wetland Complex

Bedrock/Boulder Shore (River): Permanent Stream Subtype

Black Ash - Aspen - Balsam Poplar Swamp (Northeastern)

Black Ash - Basswood Forest

Black Ash - Conifer Swamp (Northeastern)

Black Ash - Mountain Maple Swamp (Northern)

Black Ash - Silver Maple Terrace Forest

Gravel/Cobble Beach (River): Permanent Stream Subtype

Lowland White Cedar Forest (North Shore)

Northern Wet Ash Swamp

Red Oak - Sugar Maple - Basswood - (Bluebead Lily) Forest

Red Pine - White Pine Woodland (Eastcentral Bedrock)

Red Pine - White Pine Woodland: Balsam Fir Subtype

Red Pine - White Pine Woodland: Mountain Maple Subtype

River / Rocky Shore Complex

Sedge Meadow

Slumping Clay/Mud Slope (River)

Sugar Maple - Basswood - (Bluebead Lily) Forest

Thomson Outcrop / Cliff / Woodland Complex

Upland White Cedar Forest

White Cedar Swamp (Northeastern)

White Pine - White Spruce - Paper Birch Forest

Willow - Dogwood Shrub Swamp

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Minnesota DNR


2012 Flooding
Flooding on June 20, 2012, caused extensive damage to MN Highway 210, which provides access to the north part of the park, and to the swinging pedestrian bridge across the St. Louis River, which provides access to the trails in the south part of the park. The park was closed from June 20 to October 22, 2012.








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  Jay Cooke State Park

Uploaded on Apr 9, 2011

Overnighter at Jay Cooke State Park in Minnesota and some hammock camping gear talk.

  Jay Cooke - Silver Creek

Published on Apr 8, 2012

An overnighter at Jay Cooke State Park. I took the Summer Trail out to the Silver Creek remote backpack campsite. Sat under the tarp for about 4 or 5 hours because of the rain. It cleared up in the evening.

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Uploaded on May 23, 2011

http://OpenRoadAdventures.biz - Video tour of Jay Cooke State Park, it's awesome suspension bridge and waterfalls. Jay Cooke is located along the North Shore Highway on the Shores of Lake Superior in Minnesota

  St. Louis River raging after record rainfall

Published on Jun 23, 2012

Swinging bridge at Jay Cooke State Park getting beat up by the St. Louis River.




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Fungi and Lichens

Fly Agaric (Amanita muscaria)

Fly Agaric
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Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Amphibians and Reptiles List


Five bird species with conservation status in Minnesota and one tracked species have been seen here:



Horned Grebe (Podiceps auritus)



Common Tern (Sterna hirundo)


Special concern

American White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos)

Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus)

Purple Martin (Progne subis)



Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)


Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Birds List

Minnesota DNR Bird checklist

eBird Field Checklist (Complete)

eBird Field Checklist (Grand Portage Trail)


Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)

Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas)

Ovenbird (Seiurus aurocapilla)

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius)

Blue Jay


Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Fishes List

Fungi and Lichens

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Fungus List


Oat Crown Rust (Puccinia coronata f. sp. avenae)

Oat Crown Rust

Insects and Arachnids

Canadian tiger swallowtail (Papilio canadensis)

chokecherry finger gall mite (Eriophyes emarginatae)

eastern tiger swallowtail (Papilio glaucus)

lime nail gall mite (Eriophyes tiliae)

maple spindle-gall mite (Vasates aceriscrumena)

river jewelwing (Calopteryx aequabilis)

white admiral (Limenitis arthemis arthemis)

wood ant (Formica sp.)

eastern tiger swallowtail

lime nail gall mite


American red squirrel (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus)

American red squirrel


Six plant species with conservation status in Minnesota are found here:



eastern hemlock (Tsuga canadensis)

wild chives (Allium schoenoprasum)



blunt-lobed grapefern (Botrychium oneidense)


Special concern

false mountain willow (Salix pseudomonticola)

necklace sedge (Carex ormostachya)

russet buffaloberry (Shepherdia canadensis)


Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Plant List


Plants frequently found in:

Alder - (Maple - Loosestrife) Swamp FPn73a

Aspen - Ash Forest MHn46a

Aspen - Birch Forest FDn43b

Aspen - Birch - Basswood Forest MHn35a

Aspen - Fir Forest MHn44c

Bedrock/Boulder Shore (River): Permanent Stream Subtype RVx43a2

Black Ash - Aspen - Balsam Poplar Swamp (Northeastern) WFn55a

Black Ash - Basswood Forest MHn46b

Black Ash - Conifer Swamp (Northeastern) WFn64a

Black Ash - Mountain Maple Swamp (Northern) WFn55c

Black Ash - Silver Maple Terrace Forest FFn57a

Gravel/Cobble Beach (River): Permanent Stream Subtype RVx32c2

Lowland White Cedar Forest (North Shore) WFn53a

Northern Wet Ash Swamp WFn55

Red Oak - Sugar Maple - Basswood - (Bluebead Lily) Forest MHn35b

Red Pine - White Pine Woodland (Eastcentral Bedrock) FDn22d

Red Pine - White Pine Woodland: Balsam Fir Subtype FDn33a1

Red Pine - White Pine Woodland: Mountain Maple Subtype FDn33a2

Sedge Meadow WMn82b

Slumping Clay/Mud Slope (River) RVx54a

Sugar Maple - Basswood - (Bluebead Lily) Forest MHn47a

Upland White Cedar Forest FDn43c

White Cedar Swamp (Northeastern) FPn63a

White Pine - White Spruce - Paper Birch Forest MHn44b

Willow - Dogwood Shrub Swamp WMn82a



alsike clover (Trifolium hybridum)

American basswood (Tilia americana var. americana)

American cow parsnip (Heracleum sphondylium ssp. montanum)

American fly honeysuckle (Lonicera canadensis)

American hog peanut (Amphicarpaea bracteata var. bracteata)

American red raspberry (Rubus idaeus ssp. strigosus)

balsam fir (Abies balsamea var. balsamea)

balsam poplar (Populus balsamifera)

bigleaf aster (Eurybia macrophylla)

bigtooth aspen (Populus grandidentata)

bird’s-foot trefoil (Lotus corniculatus var. corniculatus)

bittersweet nightshade (Solanum dulcamara)

black bindweed (Fallopia convolvulus)

black-seeded plantain (Plantago rugelii var. rugelii)

bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis)

blue vervain (Verbena hastata var. scabra)

boxelder (Acer negundo var. negundo)

bristly buttercup (Ranunculus hispidus)

bunchberry (Cornus canadensis)

Canada anemone (Anemone canadensis)

Canada mayflower (Maianthemum canadense)

Canadian honewort (Cryptotaenia canadensis)

chokecherry (Prunus virginiana var. virginiana)

common buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica)

common burdock (Arctium minus)

common dandelion (Taraxacum officinale ssp. officinale)

common mullein (Verbascum thapsus ssp. thapsus)

common plantain (Plantago major)

common polypody (Polypodium virginianum)

common strawberry (Fragaria virginiana)

common tansy (Tanacetum vulgare)

common yarrow (Achillea millefolium)

crown vetch (Securigera varia)

dill (Anethum graveolens)

downy yellow violet (Viola pubescens)

dwarf raspberry (Rubus pubescens)

eastern white pine (Pinus strobus)

field horsetail (Equisetum arvense)

fragrant bedstraw (Galium triflorum)

fringed loosestrife (Lysimachia ciliata)

golden clover (Trifolium aureum)

green ash (Fraxinus pennsylvanica)

hairy-stem gooseberry (Ribes hirtellum)

harebell (Campanula rotundifolia)

heal-all (Prunella vulgaris)

hedge bindweed (Calystegia sepium ssp. angulata)

hoary alyssum (Berteroa incana)

interrupted fern (Claytosmunda claytoniana)

large-flowered bellwort (Uvularia grandiflora)

long-beaked sedge (Carex sprengelii)

marsh hedge nettle (Stachys palustris)

marsh skullcap (Scutellaria galericulata)

Maryland black snakeroot (Sanicula marilandica)

Michigan lily (Lilium michiganense)

mountain maple (Acer spicatum)

narrow-leaved cattail (Typha angustifolia)

narrow-leaved hawkweed (Hieracium umbellatum)

nodding trillium (Trillium cernuum)

northern bedstraw (Galium boreale)

northern bush honeysuckle (Diervilla lonicera)

northern lady fern (Athyrium filix-femina var. angustum)

northern white cedar (Thuja occidentalis)

orange hawkweed (Pilosella aurantiaca)

ostrich fern (Matteuccia struthiopteris var. pensylvanica)

oxeye daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare)

pagoda dogwood (Cornus alternifolia)

paper birch (Betula papyrifera var. papyrifera)

Parlin’s pussytoes (Antennaria parlinii ssp. fallax)

Philadelphia fleabane (Erigeron philadelphicus var. philadelphicus)

pineapple-weed (Matricaria discoidea)

prairie alumroot (Heuchera richardsonii)

prairie rose (Rosa arkansana)

quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides)

rattlesnake fern (Botrypus virginianus)

red baneberry (Actaea rubra ssp. rubra)

red clover (Trifolium pratense)

red elderberry (Sambucus racemosa var. racemosa)

red osier dogwood (Cornus sericea ssp. sericea)

rough cinquefoil (Potentilla norvegica)

round-lobed hepatica (Anemone americana)

sensitive fern (Onoclea sensibilis)

shinleaf (Pyrola elliptica)

smooth brome (Bromus inermis)

speckled alder (Alnus incana ssp. rugosa)

spotted touch-me-not (Impatiens capensis)

spreading dogbane (Apocynum androsaemifolium)

staghorn sumac (Rhus typhina)

sugar maple (Acer saccharum ssp. saccharum)

tall buttercup (Ranunculus acris var. acris)

tall meadow-rue (Thalictrum dasycarpum)

thimbleberry (Rubus parviflorus)

timothy (Phleum pratense)

Virginia waterleaf (Hydrophyllum virginianum var. virginianum)

western bracken fern (Pteridium aquilinum var. latiusculum)

western poison ivy (Toxicodendron rydbergii)

white avens (Geum canadense)

white campion (Silene latifolia ssp. alba)

white clover (Trifolium repens)

white rattlesnake root (Nabalus albus)

white spruce (Picea glauca)

wild geranium (Geranium maculatum)

wild ginger (Asarum canadense)

wild oats (Uvularia sessilifolia)

wild sarsaparilla (Aralia nudicaulis)

woodland horsetail (Equisetum sylvaticum)

woodland strawberry (Fragaria vesca ssp. americana)

yellow avens (Geum aleppicum)

yellow birch (Betula alleghaniensis)

yellow wood sorrel (Oxalis stricta)

zigzag goldenrod (Solidago flexicaulis)


Abies balsamea var. balsamea (balsam fir)

Acer negundo var. negundo (boxelder)

Acer saccharum ssp. saccharum (sugar maple)

Acer spicatum (mountain maple)

Achillea millefolium (common yarrow)

Actaea rubra ssp. rubra (red baneberry)

Alnus incana ssp. rugosa (speckled alder)

Amphicarpaea bracteata var. bracteata (American hog peanut)

Anemone americana (round-lobed hepatica)

Anemone canadensis (Canada anemone)

Anethum graveolens (dill)

Antennaria parlinii ssp. fallax (Parlin’s pussytoes)

Apocynum androsaemifolium (spreading dogbane)

Aralia nudicaulis (wild sarsaparilla)

Arctium minus (common burdock)

Asarum canadense (wild ginger)

Athyrium filix-femina var. angustum (northern lady fern)

Berteroa incana (hoary alyssum)

Betula alleghaniensis (yellow birch)

Betula papyrifera var. papyrifera (paper birch)

Botrypus virginianus (rattlesnake fern)

Bromus inermis (smooth brome)

Calystegia sepium. ssp. angulata (hedge bindweed)

Campanula rotundifolia (harebell)

Carex sprengelii (long-beaked sedge)

Cornus alternifolia (pagoda dogwood)

Cornus canadensis (bunchberry)

Cornus sericea ssp. sericea (red osier dogwood)

Cryptotaenia canadensis (Canadian honewort)

Diervilla lonicera (northern bush honeysuckle)

Equisetum arvense (field horsetail)

Equisetum sylvaticum (woodland horsetail)

Erigeron philadelphicus var. philadelphicus (Philadelphia fleabane)

Eurybia macrophylla (bigleaf aster)

Fallopia convolvulus (black bindweed)

Fragaria vesca ssp. americana (woodland strawberry)

Fragaria virginiana (common strawberry)

Fraxinus pennsylvanica (green ash)

Galium boreale (northern bedstraw)

Galium triflorum (fragrant bedstraw)

Geranium maculatum (wild geranium)

Geum aleppicum (yellow avens)

Geum canadense (white avens)

Heracleum sphondylium ssp. montanum (American cow parsnip)

Heuchera richardsonii (prairie alumroot)

Hieracium umbellatum (narrow-leaved hawkweed)

Hydrophyllum virginianum var. virginianum (Virginia waterleaf)

Impatiens capensis (spotted touch-me-not)

Leucanthemum vulgare (oxeye daisy)

Lilium michiganense (Michigan lily)

Lonicera canadensis (American fly honeysuckle)

Lotus corniculatus var. corniculatus (bird’s-foot trefoil)

Lysimachia ciliata (fringed loosestrife)

Maianthemum canadense (Canada mayflower)

Matricaria discoidea (pineapple-weed)

Matteuccia struthiopteris var. pensylvanica (ostrich fern)

Nabalus albus (white rattlesnake root)

Onoclea sensibilis (sensitive fern)

Claytosmunda claytoniana (interrupted fern)

Oxalis stricta (yellow wood sorrel)

Phleum pratense (timothy)

Picea glauca (white spruce)

Pilosella aurantiaca (orange hawkweed)

Pinus strobus (eastern white pine)

Plantago major (common plantain)

Plantago rugelii var. rugelii (black-seeded plantain)

Polypodium virginianum (common polypody)

Populus balsamifera (balsam poplar)

Populus grandidentata (bigtooth aspen)

Populus tremuloides (quaking aspen)

Potentilla norvegica (rough cinquefoil)

Prunella vulgaris (heal-all)

Prunus virginiana var. virginiana (chokecherry)

Pteridium aquilinum var. latiusculum (western bracken fern)

Pyrola elliptica (shinleaf)

Ranunculus acris var. acris (tall buttercup)

Ranunculus hispidus (bristly buttercup)

Rhamnus cathartica (common buckthorn)

Rhus typhina (staghorn sumac)

Ribes hirtellum (hairy-stem gooseberry)

Rosa arkansana (prairie rose)

Rubus idaeus ssp. strigosus (American red raspberry)

Rubus parviflorus (thimbleberry)

Rubus pubescens (dwarf raspberry)

Sambucus racemosa var. racemosa (red elderberry)

Sanguinaria canadensis (bloodroot)

Sanicula marilandica (Maryland black snakeroot)

Scutellaria galericulata (marsh skullcap)

Securigera varia (crown vetch)

Silene latifolia ssp. alba (white campion)

Solanum dulcamara (bittersweet nightshade)

Solidago flexicaulis (zigzag goldenrod)

Stachys palustris (marsh hedge nettle)

Tanacetum vulgare (common tansy)

Taraxacum officinale ssp. officinale (common dandelion)

Thalictrum dasycarpum (tall meadow-rue)

Thuja occidentalis (northern white cedar)

Tilia americana var. americana (American basswood)

Toxicodendron rydbergii (western poison ivy)

Trifolium aureum (golden clover)

Trifolium hybridum (alsike clover)

Trifolium pratense (red clover)

Trifolium repens (white clover)

Trillium cernuum (nodding trillium)

Typha angustifolia (narrow-leaved cattail)

Uvularia grandiflora (large-flowered bellwort)

Uvularia sessilifolia (wild oats)

Verbascum thapsus ssp. thapsus (common mullein)

Verbena hastata var. scabra (blue vervain)

Viola pubescens (downy yellow violet)

alsike clover

American cow parsnip

American red raspberry

black bindweed


Canada anemone


common mullein

common tansy

crown vetch

fringed loosestrife


large-flowered bellwort

Michigan lily

northern bedstraw

orange hawkweed

oxeye daisy

prairie rose

red baneberry

red elderberry

rough cinquefoil

spotted touch-me-not

tall meadow-rue


Virginia waterleaf

wild geranium

woodland strawberry

downy yellow violet (var. pubescens)




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