ST. PAUL — Severe flood damage to Highway 210 will keep Jay Cooke State Park closed for the time being, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Highway 210, which provides the only vehicle access to the park, is impassable due to mudslides and large washed-out sections. Damage to the campground and park buildings was minimal and no one was hurt, but the park’s iconic swinging bridge over the St. Louis River is severely damaged, and water and sewer service remain unavailable.
The DNR urges people not to go near Jay Cooke State Park and other closed parks and trails, because conditions are unsafe. Those curious about flood damage are advised instead to view the photos online at www.mndnr.gov
High water conditions at lakes and fast currents on rivers also present hazards, so visitors should be particularly cautious around water. Trails along river banks or lake shores could be underwater, and the full extent of damage may not be known until water levels recede.
Other sites affected by the flooding include:
- Savanna Portage State Park, where the park is open for day use, and the campground, guesthouse and camper cabin will reopen on June 28.
- Moose Lake State Park, where the Agate and Geological Center is open, and the campground has fully reopened.
- Willard Munger State Trail, which remains closed from Carlton to Duluth until further notice.
- Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area, where the campground is open but mountain bike trails and Miner’s Mountain Road remain closed until further notice.
- The Soo Line and Blind Lake ATV trails in Aitkin County are closed until further notice, as are many other off-highway vehicle trails and public water accesses in the area.
All other Minnesota state parks along the North Shore—including Gooseberry Falls State Park, Split Rock Lighthouse State Park, Tettegouche State Park and five others — are open.
“It is a great time to come and see the waterfalls and raging rivers like the Gooseberry and Baptism Rivers,” said Phil Leversedge, manager of Tettegouche, Temperance River and George H. Crosby-Manitou state parks.
For updates on park and trail closures, visit mndnr.gov
or call the DNR Information Center, 651-296-6157 (888-646-6367 toll free), between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The DNR also is providing photos and updates via Facebook (Minnesota State Parks and Trails) and Twitter (@mnstateparks).