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Work your way up Minnesota’s spectacular Lake Superior North Shore, past numerous rivers and waterfalls, state parks and the Superior National Forest. Once in Ontario, you’ll see thick boreal forests, lakes and bogland spreading across valleys between hills. The density of residences surrounding the highway rapidly decreases as you travel westward out of Thunder Bay.
Scenic attractions include views of the rolling Northwoods forest, lakes, wetlands, rivers, stands of wild berries and wildflowers, and granite outcroppings.
Road quality varies along the route, changing from smooth to broken two-lane blacktop to gravel road with soft shoulders. Watch for slow-moving vacationers, fast-moving logging trucks and an abundance of wildlife.
The nearest motorcycle service shops include LaBarge’s Used Motorcycle Parts in Hibbing, Dave’s Sales & Service in Hibbing and Five Seasons Sports Center in Eveleth.
This ride within the Mississippi River’s Bluff Country is marked by the river and its many tributaries and associated wetlands, scenic valleys of temperate deciduous forest, pronounced limestone and dolomite peaks, bluff-top dairy farms and horse ranches, and riverside communities.
Time: 3 hours, 48 minutes
In Menahga, MN, leave the Cottage House Café on Cedar Ave. and turn right (east) onto 1st NE/CR21/Twin Lakes Rd. Travel 5.4 miles to CR6. Turn left (north) and follow 2.5 miles to MN-87E. Turn right (east) and travel 6 miles to CR13. Turn left (north) and travel 10 miles to MN-34E. Turn right (east) and ride 16.4 miles to MN-371 in Walker. Turn left (north) and travel 20.6 miles to US-2E in Cass Lake. Turn right (east) and ride 18.6 miles to CR8 in Bena. Turn right (south) and follow this through Federal Dam (7.4 miles) straight onto MN-84S (21.8 miles) to Longville (26.4 miles). Continue along MN-84S for 14 miles. Turn left (west) to continue on MN-84S for 10.8 miles to Pine River. Turn right (north) on MN-371N and travel 7 miles to MN-87W. Turn left (west) and travel 14.1 miles. Turn left (west) to continue on MN-87W. Travel 14.6 miles to CR6. Turn left (south) and continue on Twin Lakes Rd. to Menahga.
This ride takes you on a journey through the picturesque bluff country of southeastern Minnesota & western Wisconsin – passing horse farms and hay fields, traveling through river bottom and railroad settlements, traversing creek gullies and wooded ravines, and rolling along the shoreline of the Mississippi River and the grand Lake Pepin.
This route includes the Edge of the Wilderness Scenic Byway, one of 100 U.S. National Forest scenic byways named by the federal government. Previously used by voyageurs and loggers, it today takes you through thick stands of pine and hardwood, over rolling hills and past bogs and fishing lakes in the Chippewa National Forest. Be sure to hit the binders for photo ops at historic sites and in small lumberjack-influenced towns.
Work your way toward Canada along Minnesota’s spectacular North Shore of Lake Superior, past numerous rivers and waterfalls, beaches, state parks, historical waysides, restaurants and resorts. Take in spectacular vistas of the lake to the southeast and the foothills of the Sawtooth Range to the northwest. Omitted from this list are descriptions of Gooseberry, Split Rock Lighthouse, Tettegouche, Temperance River, Cascade River and Grand Portage State Parks.
Prescott, Wabasha & Red Wing
Ride east out of St. Paul on I-94E; utilize Exit 244 onto US-10 E/US-61 S and continue for 20 miles; cross the Point Douglas drawbridge into Prescott, Wis.; turn right onto Broad St. / Great River Road / WI-35 S.
Follow WI-35 S for 45 miles to Pepin, Wis., and continue on WI-35 S until it turns into WI-25 S.
You are now traveling west, with WI-25 S turning into MN-25 S as you approach Wabasha, MN, over the 2,462-foot-long Wabasha-Nelson truss bridge.
Now in Wabasha, find US-61 N and follow the road north about 14 miles to Lake City, MN.
From Lake City, continue north on US-61 N for 17 miles to enter Red Wing, MN. Now in Red Wing, continue on US-61 N for 13 miles and turn right onto MN-316 N. Continue on MN-316 N for 10 miles until turning right onto US-61 N.
Travel nearly 20 miles on US-61 N and follow signs to I-94W back to St. Paul.