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Cities To Grand Marais-How to?


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I have a BWCA Trip north of Grand Marais planned for Saturday with my daughters, neighbor and his kids. I told my daughter we might not be able to make it and the tears rolled frown.

How do I get there? Alternate routes? What are the chances 35 and 61 will be open? I talked to the GM ranger yesterday and all is fine up by GM. Gonna give it a try but head back if there is anything that is truly risky. Any help is appreciated. Thanks.

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i think you could take 169 to ely and cut east on highway 1, pretty sure that hits 61 north of all the problems

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Roads throught Duluth and up the North shore are open this morning. I35 is closed both ways by Mathowa. I am sure you will have a way to get to Grand Marais this weekend.

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Hwy 1 from Ely down to Lake Superior is closed and detoured right around Birch Lake - believe they are working on the bridge and traffic through there is difficult - it may be that you cannot cross the bridge at this time. A summer-long repair if I am not mistaken.

Hwy 61 should be ok - lots of damage, but it should be open by the weekend. I live in Duluth, btw.

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They just opened I35 to north bound traffic south of Cloquet. South bound is still closed but my guess is later today it will open as well. They have opened Cty rd 1 in Carlton to traffic. Old Hwy 61 in Scanlon is now open as well.

Just got back from L&M and are the boots and waders going out the door. One guy had 6 pair of chest waders and another had 5 pair of Muck boots.

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No bridge repair going on, only roadwork on Hwy 1 from Ely to just before the Stoney River.

Traffic from Ely to this area and the north shore (hwy 61) will continue to be re routed through Babbitt and the Tomahawk Road, where you will come out on Hwy 1, about 22 miles from Ely.

This will add about a half hour to your destination when taking this detour.

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Our group is heading to GM this weekend as well. If going thru Duluth on 61 is not an option we are looking at hooking up with Two Harbors or Silver Bay by driving north of Duluth and then heading east somewhere between Saginaw or Makinen which is further north.

Any update on the roads thru Duluth or the roads that run east/west and are north of Boulder Lake would be greatly appreciated.

Hope you folks can dry out soon.

DB

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All the way on I35 to MN61 as always. Roads are open, passable and normal with one small detour at Knife River. As sensational as it sounds for the news people to report, there is not total devastation and we are not cut off from civilization past Duluth.

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Everyone, Thank you for the replys. Heading up per usual route Sat. AM.

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Again, a big thanks to all that posted. The roads were fine on Saturday except for the slight detour at Knife River. The kids and I had a awesome time in the BWCA.
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