Jay Cooke State Park Re-Opening Monday; Parts Still Under Construction

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Mud slides in Jay Cooke State Park

October 19, 2012 Updated Dec 20, 2013 at 9:02 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) --- After four months of repairs and reconstruction, Jay Cooke State Park is finally ready to re-open.

June's historic floods ravaged many of the park's camp sites, trails and bridges, forcing officials to close the grounds to visitors.

Jay Cooke State Park will re-open on Monday, October 22nd at 8 a.m. Camping and interpretative programs will resume on November 3rd.

However, some trails will remain closed due to flood damage. Portions of the park will also be difficult to access as crews continue reconstruction efforts.

When the park reopens, campgrounds and camper cabins will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Park staff expects 38 miles of hiking trails to be available on both sides of the river, and 8-10 miles of cross country ski trails to be groomed during the ski season.

When fully open, the park offers 50 miles of hiking trails and 32 miles of cross-country ski trails.

A map with information about which trails will be open is available on the DNR’s website.

The River Inn Interpretive Center, park office and gift store will be open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Motorists can only use the western entrance from Thomson in order to get into Jay Cooke State Park. The Highway 210 entrance through Carlton is still closed for repairs.

Posted to the web by Krista Burns