Great River Road Routing

Note: this is a generalized routing that does not include many short segments on local roads. Some of these are temporary segments pending construction of new roadway, such as the West River Parkway through downtown Minneapolis. Donít rely on this list for a 100 percent complete routing.

 

Route

Cities/Towns

Comments

Iowa Border (IA-26)

 

 

MN-26

 Brownsville

 

MN-16

 

 

U.S. 61

La Crescent
Winona
Kellogg
Wabasha
Lake City
Red Wing

Includes short segment along I-90

Route may diverge at places along this stretch

Goodhue and Dakota CSAH 18

 

 

Dakota CSAH 54/ 10th St. (Hastings)

 

 

U.S. 61

Hastings

Joined at Hastings by the Wisconsin leg that follows the east side of the river, and enters Minnesota via U.S. 10.

Dakota CSAH 42

Hastings, Nininger

 

MN-55

Pine Bend

 

Dakota CSAH 56 (Concord Ave)

Inver Grove Heights

 

I-494

So. St. Paul/Newport

 Crosses Mississippi River at Wacouta Bridge

U.S. 61/10

Newport
St. Paul

 

Warner Road

St. Paul

Shepard Road

 St. Paul

 

I-35E

 St. Paul/Lilydale

Crossing Mississippi River (N-bound GRR on S-bound I-35E)

MN-13

Lilydale/Mendota/
Mendota Heights

 N-bound GRR on S-bound 13

MN-55

 Mendota Heights/ Minneapolis

 

Minnehaha Pkwy
Godfrey Parkway

 

 

West River Pkwy

Minneapolis

Newly completed segment of West River Parkway between 4th Avenue South and Portland Avenue. Ends at Plymouth Ave

Plymouth Ave, Marshall Ave, East River Road

Minneapolis, Fridley

 Crosses river between West River Pkwy and Marshall Ave.

I-694

Fridley, Brooklyn Center

 Crosses river between East River Road and MN-252.

MN-252

Brooklyn Center

 

West River Road

Brooklyn Park

 

Hennepin CSAH 12

Champlin

 

Wright CSAH 39

 

 

Wright & Stearns CSAH 75

Monticello

 

various St. Cloud city streets

St. Cloud

 

Stearns CSAH 1

 

 

Morrison CSAH ?

 

 

MN-27

 

 Crosses river into Little Falls.

Little Falls city streets, Morrison CSAH 76

 

 

MN-371

 

 

MN-210

 

 

U.S. 169

 

 

Aitkin CSAH 3, CSAH 10

 

 

Itasca CSAH 3

Grand Rapids

 

U.S. 2

Deer River

Itasca CSAH 39, MN-46

Itasca & Cass CSAH 9

Loop from U.S. 2 north generally paralleling the river, returning along south shore of Lake Winnibigoshish.

U.S. 2

Cass Lake
Bemidji

Follows U.S. 2 for a long stretch. Crosses river at Lake Bemidji outlet entering Bemidji.

NOTE: AT BEMIDJI, THE ROUTE DIVIDES. FOLLOWING IS THE SEGMENT THAT FOLLOWS THE MISSISSIPPI TO ITS SOURCE. THE ALTERNATE SEGMENT IS SHOWN BELOW ON A YELLOW BACKGROUND.

Beltrami CSAH 7, 9

 

 

Clearwater CSAH 2

 

 

Note: the junction with County 2 and MN-200 is the entrance to Itasca State Park...the true head of the Mississippi River. Lake Itasca was named by its non-aboriginal discoverer, Henry Schoolcraft, who derived its name from the Latin for "true head", verITAS CAput. However, the GRR continues north into Canada.

MN-200

 

 

MN-92

Bagley

 

Clearwater CSAH 5

 

 

MN-89

 

 

MN-11

 

 

MN-313

 

 

Enter Canada and Province of Manitoba (MB-12)

 

Route proceeds northwest toward Winnipeg

** NORTH LEG from Bemidji via U.S. 71

Blackduck

Northome

Big Falls

International Falls

 

Enter Canada and Province of Ontario

Ft. Frances.

Route proceeds north to Kenora.

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Created June 4 1998

Updated November 15 1998