Scenic Byway

Lake Mille Lacs Scenic Byway


The Lake Mille Lacs 68-mile Scenic Byway is the state’s 22nd byway. The byway loops around Lake Mille Lacs and includes highways 169, 27, 18 and 47. Shakopee Lake Road, which is a county-owned road, is also part of the loop.

The scenic route includes many opportunities to learn about Minnesota’s natural beauty, rich history, culture and recreational opportunities.  A partial list of the route’s attractions include: birding and wildlife viewing, the Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post in Vineland, several historic Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) camp sites from the 1930s and 1940s, the nations smallest national wildlife refuge and two State Parks.

Keep an eye on on the Scenic Byway Committee, they are just getting started!  They are looking forward to forming many new relationships and partnerships with the area and have many projects and enhancements in store.

Enjoy your visit, watch for the signs and…“always take the scenic route.”

See Scenic Byway Map

Birds of the Byway – The Audubon Society lists Lake Mille Lacs as one of their Important Birding Areas (IBA). The Mille Lacs IBA includes the entire water body and islands (Spirit and Hennepin) of Lake Mille Lacs, the surrounding shoreline, and significant areas adjacent to the lake. The IBA is located about 100 miles north of the Twin Cities in three counties (Mille Lacs, Aitkin and Crow Wing) and several townships.

Lake Mille Lacs Scenic Byway Sign

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