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my dad and son were trying to come home from trout by vermilion many roads are closed do to flooding he got 50miles south of Virginia and they told him to go back and take 169 home he tried to cut back so he wouldn't have to go back to Virginia but ran into other areas that were closed it took him over 8 hours to get to the TC from Virginia.

more importantly they caught some nice walleye and northern but it rained a lot.

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This is what the Cloquet police told me at 9am this morning for getting around Cloquet (ie. Virginia to Twin Cities and vice versa):

I talked to the Cloquet Police station and they told me Cloquet still has the road closed at the Pine River just north of Cloquet. Here is the best route they told me:

Hwy 53 - to Twig MN (past Hwy 33 exit about 5 miles)

At Twig, go south towards Esko on (Canosia Rd / Cty Rd 98)

Go to County Rd 56 (Morris Thomas Rd) - Take Right and go to Hwy 33

Take 33 to Hwy 35 to Twin Cities

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I guess we were lucky to get through leaving LV at 7 am Wednesday. We got to Duluth and were directed off of 53 around Haines road. That was OK as we go that way anyway then to Pedmont AVe which connects to 53 and over the Blatnik bridge. No problems until we got to Superior where Hy 1 connects. There was a traffic back up with a policeman directing traffic. Maybe a 10 minute wait. Once we got moving there was fast moving water maybe 4" deep coving the road in both directions for maybe a distance of 100ft or so. It was a little scary but every one made it. I was hoping the engine wouldn't kill! Once past that we had clear sailing south on 53.

I also heard that the Bong bridge detour was closed for those going north on 53 which also meat that anyone taking the Bong going south to 53 would not be able to get on 53.

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Can anyone verify if this is accurate? From the Cities (leaving this afternoon) we would go 35 to 33 and on 33 past cloquet take a right on 56 (Morris Thomas Rd)then a left onto 98 N (Canosia Rd) up to 53.

Is this still feasible?

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http://www.dot.state.mn.us/d1/

Craaaaap. I have never been north past Mille Lacs and my driving navigation and map reading sucks more than you can imagine. Can someone googlemap the best route someone would take from St. Paul and post the link here? I got until Saturday 6AM to plan a route. The way it looks, I may give up some sleep and leave at 4AM.

...I don't care if I have to take detours and it takes a few extra hours to get to Vermilion. Please just tell me all the resorts and the lake is intact.

Edit:

My Googlemap route to Vermilion

Well, looks like I'm taking 169 all the way. If you know of any faster speed limit highways I can cut through, please modify and PM me link. Thanks.

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The Minnesota DOT does not post 53 as closed, but if it is, that Twig route looks good. The DOT does report I-35 closed southbound from Highway 210 to mile marker 227 exit. I'm guessing if they close the interstate, they set up a decent detour.

I have to head south tomorrow and I'm figuring on adding an extra hour just to be safe and maybe just because I don't always trust DOT information.

Rest assured the lake and all the resorts are still here and the weather loks great for the week ahead.

RLG

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http://www.dot.state.mn.us/d1/

Craaaaap. I have never been north past Mille Lacs and my driving navigation and map reading sucks more than you can imagine. Can someone googlemap the best route someone would take from St. Paul and post the link here? I got until Saturday 6AM to plan a route. The way it looks, I may give up some sleep and leave at 4AM.

...I don't care if I have to take detours and it takes a few extra hours to get to Vermilion. Please just tell me all the resorts and the lake is intact.

Edit:

My Googlemap route to Vermilion

Well, looks like I'm taking 169 all the way. If you know of any faster speed limit highways I can cut through, please modify and PM me link. Thanks.

Go I-35 North to Esko instead of Cloquet, and take the Thomson Road north through Esko(turns into Canosia Rd, also called County 1/98)to Highway 53. Then take 53 North.

Or else backtrack the route laid out above:

1. Highway 33

2. Right(East) Morris Thomas Rd

3. Left(North on Canosia Rd (also County 98)

4. North on Highway 53

Unless someone knows something about the county roads being closed.

169 is about 80 extra miles.

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Took 169 from Plymouth. Not a bad trip at all. Took four hours to Cook (from 169 to 73N (Chisholm) to 1 East to Cook). Usually takes three and a half hours...

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One other note - i heard this morning that Moose Lake is closed in all directions (also Willow River). That means the I-35 construction bypass via Highway 61 is closed as well, so anyone going North/South will need to stay on I-35.

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Does anyone know if 33 is still closed north of Cloquet? Looks like that was the major hindrance from the cities.

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Just take Hwy 65 (Central Ave) north from the Cities all the way to Cook. More specifically, when you pass the Bearville Cemetery cut over to Hwy 53 via Hwy 22. You'll be on 53 a few miles south of Cook and will avoid all of the flooding issues.

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That wont work,tried it yesterday at McGreger had to detour back to 169 at Aitkin then came down 47 to Isanti and back to 65. 65 is under water between co.18 and 13 in Aitkin county. I put on an extra 55 miles from Vermilion to Ham Lake.....Dont know how I will get back up there next week....

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According to MNDOT511 Hwy 33 is open. I'm headed that way today so if it isn't I'll post later to let you know.

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Drove all the way south on the normal route today... 53, 33, 35. All's well. Of course there is plenty of road construction to deal with.

RLG

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I drove from Cook to Bloomington yesterday and had no problems. Took 53 to 33 to 35. Nothing other then the 35 road construction that has been going on. Took 4 hours which is about normal.

Good Fishing!

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Glad to hear everything is open. I'm sure not everythng is back to normal for those whose houses flooded and streets got washed out.

Just one question: is the Blatnik bridge still closed going north on 53?

StillFishin'

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