Jay Cooke State Park Campground

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780 Hwy 210, Carlton, MN, USA
Jay Cooke State Park Campground - St. Louis River near the swinging bridge
Jay Cooke State Park Campground - fog in the morning
Jay Cooke State Park Campground - Big tent pads
Jay Cooke State Park Campground - my site in 2015
Jay Cooke State Park Campground - my site in 2013

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alyssa_ob alyssa_ob
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Nice sites in the pines May 28, 2015
I have camped at the Jay Cooke State Park Campground twice now. The first time was 2013, when the park was still recovering from the flood of 2012, and again in 2015. The campground is fairly large, with over 80 campsites. There are 21 electric sites and 4 hike-in sites. You can reserve many of the sites online, but there are also a number of non-reservable sites that you can take your chances and hope they are available when you arrive. The campground does get busy, with the close proximity to Duluth and the Twin Cities (2 hrs).

The campground has several loops, with 2 of the loops as entirely non-electric sites. All of the loops have nice, wooded sites. The trees are tall pines and most, if not all, sites are well shaded. The tent sites have gravel pads, usually covered with pine needles. All sites have a picnic table and fire ring. Most loops have pit toilets and water. There is a central restroom/shower building with flush toilets and showers. Because of the popularity of this campground, the restrooms get a lot of use and aren’t always as clean and dry as you’d like. I haven’t stayed long enough to try out the showers, as I only live a couple hours away and prefer to shower at home.

I stayed in a non-electric loop both times and found the campground fairly quiet. It was also nice and dark for sleeping. Oddly enough, it rained both times I camped there. You can hear the roaring of the river from your campsite, which is a nice white noise for sleeping. There is a hiking trail that departs from the campground, as well as a couple trails to the main office and swinging bridge area. There are dumpsters and recycle bins, as well as a trailer dump station. The main office sells firewood and ice.

Please note, you must enter the park from Hwy 210 WEST of the park. Hwy 210 was washed out about 1 mile east of the park in the 2012 floods and has not been rebuilt.
Big tent pads
my site in 2013
fog in the morning
my site in 2015
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