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Minnegoat & Mini-Goat

Date:  September 30, 2017
Location:  Jay Cooke State Park, Carlton, MN
Courses: Minnegoat, Mini-goat, Regular courses


Jay Cooke State Park was established in 1915 when the St. Louis River Power Company donated 2,350 acres of land. In 1945, the state purchased additional land. Other sections have been added over the years giving Jay Cooke State Park its present size of 8,125 acres.  

The rugged land formations of Jay Cooke State Park enhance the beauty of the hardwood forests. The water-eroded gorge, steep valleys, and massive rock formations are seen throughout the park. In some seasons, the water of the St. Louis River thunders over slabs of ancient, exposed rock. At other times, it slows to a gentle trickle. Visitors enjoy the scenic splendor of Jay Cooke State Park during all seasons.

Minnegoat and Mini-Goat

The Minnegoat is a mass-start long-distance event that tests both endurance and orienteering skills, with intermediate to advanced navigation level. The Minnegoat may include special rules, such as permission to skip a control, an option to select which of two equivalent controls to visit, or a group of controls to visit in any order.

The Mini-Goat is a shorter version of the full Minnegoat.

9:00-9:45 am - registration/check-in

9:50 am - pre-race meeting

10:00 am - mass start

2:30 pm - courses close

Regular Courses

For those not interested in the Minnegoat challenge, there will be an intermediate level regular orienteering course.

10:00 am-12:30 pm - registration/check-in/starts

2:30 pm - courses close


Pre-registered Pricing:*

  • $16: Adults

  • $15: Juniors**


Day-Of Pricing:*

  • $20: Adults

  • $18: Juniors**


*$3 discount for orienteering club members

**Juniors are 19 years old and under


MNOC has reserved a group camp site for Saturday evening that is available for those who would like to stay overnight and spend more time in the park or Duluth the next day.  The cost is $10/person and can be paid in advance using our on line registration.



Use exit 235 from I35N and head east to the town of Carlton.  From the town of Carlton go 3 miles east on State Highway 210 to use the west park entrance. The east park entrance off of Highway 23 in Fond Du Lac is still closed. The Jay Cooke Road area remains soft due to construction - please refrain from using this area if possible.  Keep an eye open for MNOC signs directing you to the start location.


Come Clean Leave Clean

The Minnesota Orienteering Club practices a Come Clean Leave Clean policy.  This helps us maintain a good relationship with the parks we utilize, sets a good example for other users, and limits the transfer and spread of many of the plants that make our venues less enjoyable.



It takes a handful of volunteers to make each of our events successful.  If you would like to learn more about volunteering, please see our Volunteering page.  And as a reward, you'll get a free race entry the next Regular event you choose.


Race Results

Race results are usually published within 24 hours of the event.  View our Race Results page to see the results.


Race Management

  • Race Director: TBA

  • Course design: Shaun McKinlay, Ian Harding 



If you have any questions or comments about this event, please feel free to Contact Us.

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