Oregon -(Ammoland.com)- The public is invited to attend a special event on Saturday, June 13, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Jay Cooke State Park, located south of Duluth. A formal program will take place at 1 p.m. with DNR Parks and Trails Division Director Erika Rivers, followed by a cake cutting and refreshments.
The event will feature a river theme to highlight the ecological and historical importance of the St. Louis River, which flows through the park.
Visitors will have an opportunity to participate in activity stations that explore plants, animals, history, recreation, invasive species and water quality. Activities will be ongoing, and visitors can visit the stations of interest to them.
“It’s not every year that a state park turns 100, so we’ve been celebrating with special programs throughout the year,” said Kris Hiller, park naturalist. “More activities are planned for July and September, and for the park’s actual birthday on October 18, the date when the land acquisition was finalized.”
Jay Cooke State Park was originally established in 1915 when a group of local citizens spearheaded the effort to secure a land donation of 2,350 acres from the Great Northern Power Company, now known as Minnesota Power. Today the park is 8,818 acres and is widely known for its iconic Swinging Bridge, unique river rock formations, trails and campground.
The 100th anniversary event is being held in conjunction with National Get Outdoors Day, a day when vehicle permit fees ($5) are waived at all Minnesota state parks and recreation areas.
For more information about the park, visit www.mndnr.gov/jaycooke.
For more about the free activities taking place at Jay Cooke State Park and other Minnesota state parks and recreation areas on National Get Outdoors Day, contact the DNR Information Center at[email protected] or 888-646-6367 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.