Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

MN-61: Duluth to Canada

Corridor information

Orange barrels on a highway

Corridor background

The corridor runs 160 miles along Minnesota State Highway 61 from Duluth to Minnesota’s Canadian border north of Grand Portage. Following Lake Superior’s North Shore, it is designated as a scenic byway and is part of the 1,000 mile Lake Superior Circle Tour. Tourism is the main industry along the corridor and the corridor includes seven state parks.

Current corridor characteristics


  • 2009 AADT: 1,650 – 12,100
  • 2009 HCADT: 205 – 750
  • Key Highway Connections: MN-1, I-35
  • Number of lanes: 2-4

Public Transit

  • Arrowhead Transit
  • Duluth Transit Authority
  • Dial-a-ride and deviated route service along corridor


  • Gitchi-Gami State Trail


  • Canadian Northern

Major Industries

  • Recreation, shipping, tourism