Quality of Life


Carlton County is home to Jay Cooke State Park which runs along the lower reaches of the St. Louis River and is one of the ten most visited state parks in Minnesota. The western half of the park contains part of a rocky, 13 mile gorge. This gorge was a major barrier to Native Americans and early Europeans traveling by canoe. The river was a vital link connecting the Mississippi waterways to the west with the Great Lakes to the east.

A unique visitor draw includes hiking, biking, and kayaking the beautiful area. For more information on, visit the state Natural resources webpage on Jay Cooke Park.

Higher Education

Carlton County is fortunate to have both the University of Minnesota, Duluth and the College of St. Scholastica within minutes offering four year degrees. Lake Superior College and Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College both offer two year degrees with varied program specialties. For more information on these educational institutions please see:

Workforce Development

Workforce Development offered through the secondary schools can provide customized training opportunities. An additional partner in Workforce Development is the Northeast Minnesota Office of Jobs and Training with a Workforce Center conveniently located in Cloquet.