The spring melt means Northland rivers and streams are raging, especially the largest U.S. tributary to Lake Superior, the St. Louis River.
An ideal spot to experience the raw power of this river is to stand directly over the torrent.
The Swinging Bridge at Jay Cooke State Park allows such a vantage point.
Check out this video I took while suspended above the thundering rapids.
Daley, however, was disappointed that the bridge’s current thick wire cables replaced the ropes of the original bridge from the early 1920s. He expected it to actually swing, as he explains, “Like its name says.”
Being a suspension bridge, however, it does bounce as people walk (or in Daley’s case, run) across it, which Finley found thrilling.
Jay Cooke State Park is about a 30-minute drive south of Duluth in Carlton, MN. The bridge is located off a paved path just beyond the park’s visitor center so it is accessible and easy to reach. See the MN Department of Natural Resources website for information on park hours and entrance fees.
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