Jay Cooke State Park and a Portion of the Willard Munger State Trail Closed Indefinitely

The Minnesota DNR issued a press release on Tuesday, July 3rd stating the closure of Jay Cooke State Park and a section of the Willard Munger State Trail from Carlton to Duluth due to damage from the June 20th flooding in the area.  The closures will be indefinite because of severe damage from mudslides and washouts to Highway 210, the only access leading into the park.  The paved Willard Munger State Trail was severely damaged as well as over 50 miles of trails within the park.

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Damage estimates are still being assessed but the MN DNR expects to lose $175,000 in revenue from camping and lodging while the park is closed.  Reservations are being cancelled through October 31st and refunds are being issued.  No reservations for the park are being taken until further notice.

Image Credit: MN DNR

The historic swinging bridge over the St. Louis River that connects two sections of the park built in the 1930's was torn apart from the raging floodwaters and only the pillars remain.

The Minnesota DNR has set up a 2012 North Shore Flooding Photos page where you can view more images and upload your own photos of the flood damage.  For updates and trail conditions go to the Minnesota DNR website, their Facebook Page, Twitter (@mnstateparks) or call the DNR Information Center.

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