Jay Cooke State Park
A historic landmark at a Minnesota State Park is about to reopen to the public after flooding destroyed it. Park goers will finally be able to walk across the swinging bridge at Jay Cooke State Park next week. Rushing water from the St. Louis River tore it apart during flooding in the Duluth area two summers ago. Park historian Kristine Hiller says the swinging bridge, originally built in 1924, has a long history at the scenic park.
One year ago, Minnesota’s northland experienced some of the worst flooding it had seen in years. Heavy rain came so fast that roads washed away, creating large sinkholes. More than 3,000 homes were damaged. One year later, Duluth and the surrounding areas are still rebuilding.
Last year’s spring melting and subsequent floods wiped out a historic swing bridge at Jay Cooke State Park.
A replacement for the historic swinging bridge at Jay Cooke State Park should be in place just in time for the fall color season.
Jay Cooke State Park has reopened four months after being closed by major flooding in northeastern Minnesota.
Four months after the Northland flooding, Jay Cooke State Park is reopening on Monday.
More than four months after historic flood severely damaged highway access to Jay Cooke State Park, it will reopen to the public at 8 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 22, says the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
It’s been more than two months since heavy flooding damaged several parts of northeastern Minnesota.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources said Tuesday that Jay Cooke State Park has been closed indefinitely and camping and lodging reservations have been canceled through October.
A couple stranded on some rocks at Jay Cooke State Park were rescued by authorities after the swift moving water of the river kept them from returning to shore.
A man who drowned in Carlton County Monday has been identified.
Carlton County police said rescuers found the body of the 24-year-old man who drowned Monday afternoon after the St. Louis River pulled him downstream.
Jay Cooke State Park on Minnesota’s north shore would be packed with campers on a typical July weekend. But, more than half the camp sites were empty during the weekend when the park, as well as others, reopened after a nearly three-week-long government shutdown.
Even if the weather has been very February-like lately, the truth is that it will, sooner or later, be warm and sunny. But it’s definitely not too soon to make plans to visit one of Minnesota’s state parks this summer.