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Jay Cooke State Park combines the natural beauty of the Midwest with the rich history and cultural heritage of the North Star State. It straddles the St. Louis River and is a paradise for outdoor adventurers. Spend your days hiking in the rocky gorge, birdwatching in the boreal forest and picnicking by the river. As a bonus, the park offers year-round appeal. Summers are beautiful, though you can also admire wildflowers in the spring, leaf peep in the fall and cross-country ski in the winter.

There's also plenty of history to soak up in the 8000-acre park, whether you're strolling around the pioneer cemetery, peering over the rails of the Swinging Bridge or exploring stone ruins from the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) era. You don't need to venture far to escape to the Minnesota wilderness, with the park just 10 miles south-west of Duluth, a lively city on the banks of Lake Superior. Planning a getaway to Jay Cooke State Park? Book an RV in Carlton County today.

Getting Outdoors

More than 50 miles of hiking trails wind through the park and offer a unique chance to immerse yourself in the boreal forest ecosystem. Jay Cooke is also home to sections of the Grand Portage, a historic trail that meanders through the forest and hugs the banks of the St. Louis. Things don't slow down in the winter, when Jay Cooke State Park lures cross-country skiers and snowmobilers. The campground remains open in the winter so why not bundle up and enjoy a snow-dusted state park RV camping getaway at Jay Cooke?

Jay Cooke isn't just a pretty face, with the park also charting centuries of Midwest history. The River Inn building was built by the CCC in the 1940s and now houses the park visitor center. A short stroll away, the Swinging Bridge stretches across the St. Louis River and traces its history to 1924, though it's been rebuilt a handful of times due to flooding. Also worth a visit is the Thomson Pioneer Cemetery, which is dotted with gravestones dating to the late 1800s.

If you want to enrich your visit, Jay Cooke State Park runs a fantastic program of guided hikes, historical presentations and naturalist activities. Check the schedule to see what's on. Birdwatchers will be in their element with the chance to spot dozens of species, including neotropical warblers, evening grosbeak, purple finch and white winged crossbill. Pick up a checklist from the visitor center if you're an avid birder.

Camping at Jay Cooke State Park

With a picturesque forest setting and spacious sites, RV camping at Jay Cooke State Park is a pleasure. The campground offers all the creature comforts you'd expect from a top-tier state park, including flush toilets, hot showers and a sanitary dump station for serviced rigs. There are 21 electric sites to choose from, most with 20 or 30 amp hookups, some with 50 amp. There are also a handful of ADA accessible sites available. Most motorhome camping sites feature a picnic tables, grill and firepit – perfect for enjoying your meals in the great outdoors.

Jay Cooke can accommodate RV rentals of up to 60 feet. If you're not confident backing in or are driving a bigger rig, book one of the pull-through sites. Like most state park RV campgrounds, Jay Cooke welcomes pets. Just be sure to keep your dog leashed. Visiting in the colder months? 12 of the drive-in sites are kept open, five with electrical hookups. Warm up under the stars by a crackling fire or retreat to your RV rental for a cozy night of Netflix.

Exploring the Area

Nicknamed "The Arrowhead" in a nod to its unique shape, Northeast Minnesota boasts shimmering lakes, tumbling waterfalls, fascinating historic sites and charismatic towns and cities. A cruise along the North Shore Scenic Drive takes you along the banks of Lake Superior and through charismatic shoreline towns with farm-to-table cafes and independent art galleries.

The park is a 20-minute drive from Duluth, where you'll find unique attractions like the duplex where Bob Dylan was born. The Maritime Visitor Center offers a glimpse of the city's nautical roots, while Hawk Ridge Observatory commands sweeping views over Lake Superior. In summer why not swap a night at the campsite for free Friday night movies at Leif Erikson Park? For basic supplies, nearby towns like Carlton and Kettle River offer grocery stores and gas stations.

Craving an adrenalin rush? Why not join a whitewater rafting expedition or kayaking trip down the St. Louis River? For something a little more relaxing rent a canoe and enjoy a scenic paddle. Anglers will jump at the chance to cast a line in the cold, crystalline waters of Lake Superior. It's well stocked with native lake trout, as well as steelhead, chinook and coho salmon. Golfers shouldn’t miss The Legend and The Quarry, a pair of award-winning, championship standard 18-hole courses at Giants Ridge near Virginia, MN.

RV Rentals in Jay Cooke State Park, MN

Jay Cooke State Park, MN is the perfect spot to start your next road trip.

There are many popular rentals in Jay Cooke State Park. Outdoorsy's Jay Cooke State Park RV rental marketplace allows renters to choose from rental options from professional RV rental agencies as well as RVs for rent by owner.

Frequently Asked Questions


What are RV rentals?

Renting an RV lets you enjoy the flexibility of RV travel without all the costs and maintenance of ownership. With a rental, you can book the perfect rig for any trip just like you would a car or hotel. With Outdoorsy, you rent directly from the RV owner but get the backing of programs like roadside assistance, insurance, and stellar support from real, live people 24/7.

How much are average RV rentals?

On average, you can expect to pay between $75 and $150 per night to rent most small trailers and campervans. Larger trailers and motorhomes could cost $100 to $250 per night. Renting an RV for a longer time can be even more affordable–a week or month-long rental could average out to less than $60 per day.

Are there RV rentals with unlimited mileage?

Yes! Each RV owner can choose whether to offer unlimited miles on their vehicles. You’ll be able to see if unlimited mileage is an option on any listing you check out. If unlimited miles are not available, you’ll be able to see what is included with the base rate and what extra miles will cost.

Are RV rentals pet-friendly?

Many RV owners allow pets in their rentals. Be sure to check the listing to see if it’s an option for the rig you have your eye on. You’ll be able to see if there is an extra deposit or fee for pets before you request a booking.

Do RV rentals offer delivery?

Having an RV delivered to your home or destination is a great way to simplify your trip. Many RV owners offer delivery and setup services, usually for an extra fee or within a certain distance of their location. Each listing shows whether or not delivery is an option.

Are there RV rentals near me?

RV rentals are available all over the country! Whether you want to pick up an RV near home to set out an epic road trip or if you want to have one ready at your destination, you can search by location for any type of rig.

RV rental vs buying?

Renting an RV is an affordable way to get all the benefits of RV travel without the maintenance and overhead of ownership. It’s also a great way to try out the lifestyle and different types of rigs before you take the plunge and buy your own. Already own an RV? Consider renting yours out to bring in some extra income.

How many people can sleep in an RV?

Small travel trailers and campervans can usually sleep 2-4 people comfortably. Mid-size trailers and motorhomes usually sleep 4-8. Bigger rigs often sleep 6-10, some even 12!

Why choose Outdoorsy vs Craigslist or Airbnb?

Security, for one. Outdoorsy helps protect RV owners and renters with excellent support and insurance options, and a secure platform for listings, communication, and payments. There are plenty of other reasons though, like roadside assistance, detailed listings, and a wide variety of RVs to choose from.

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Jay Cooke State Park

With the swinging bridge back after the devastating flood of 2012 Jay Cooke is a great place to go.

Jul 27, 2019