Big Voyageur on the St. Louis River
As part of a bicentennial celebration in 1976, Cloquet built this 20-foot-tall voyageur made of fiberglass to honor the history of settlement along the St. Louis River. The sculpture is a little tricky to find. It is located on the south side of the St. Louis River in Dunlap Island Park near Broadway and St. Louis Avenue.
Cloquet has 14 parks loaded with things to do! We visited Pinehurst Park where my kids had a blast playing on the playground. The city swimming pool, called “The Beach”, has recently been refurbished. It has a zero depth entry point, is chlorinated, and has a sand bottom. Unfortuately for us, we visited Cloquet on Labor Day weekend, so the pool was already closed for the season. Pinehurst park also has a tennis court and softball diamond.
The River Front Park Trail provides the perfect opportunity to take a stroll or ride along the St. Louis River. The trail is about two and half miles long and connects to the Willard Munger State Trail in Carlton. There is also a really nice city campground at Spafford Park, which is on the opposite side of the St. Louis River. The camprgound has 21 sites and costs just $25/camper or $15/tent.
Museums and Historic Places
If you are like me and have young children who are crazy for trains, you’ll love visiting Fauley Park. It features a Duluth and Northeastern Railroad Steam Train, which helped save the lives of 8,000 people from the Cloquet area during the fires of 1918. If you would like to learn more about the fires and other local history, visit the Carlton County Historical Society. Addmission the whole family is just $5.00!
If you looking for a fun family weekend getaway, keep Cloquet in mind. It’s great parks, campground, and trail will keep you busy with hours of fun.
- City of Cloquet Parks
- Spafford Park Campground
- Carlton County Historical Society
- Cloquet Chamber of Commerce Tourism Guide
- Visit Cloquet Tourism Website
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