Jay Cooke Park - River and Scenic Rocky Cliffs
The Saint Louis River, about 309 km in length is in the states of Minnesota, United States. This river flows through the scenic rocky cliffs of Jay Cooke State Park. It has been the connecting link between upper Mississippi River and Lake Superior. The Saint Louis River plunges several hundred feet down rocky canyons creating impassable falls and rapids. A seven mile long trail bypasses the rocky gorge of the lower Saint Louis River. It was a rough trail of steep hill and swamps that began at the foot of the rapids. This river is one of the longest tributaries of Lake Superior. In the 20th century, the lower Saint Louis River became one of the most highly polluted waterways in the state. Heavy River cleaning initiatives took place in 1980s and 1990s, making the river less polluted. The area is famous for fishing of walleye, northern pike, channel fish and bluegill. This acrylic fridge magnet souvenir with its depictions of St. Louis River is an excellent memento for tourists to take back home after a wonderful visit to the Jay Cooke Park.
History of Jay Cooke State Park
St. Louis Power Company donated the first 2350 acres of land in 1915 to establish Jay Cooke State Park. The civilian conservation corps camp made a swing bridge over the St. Louis River. This bridge is supported by two large concrete structures. This camp also built a picnic shelter in the park. In 1914, the state increased the land of Jay Cooke State Park, giving its current size of 8818 acres. Dark planks, logs and basalt stones were used to build the major landmarks in the park.