The Black River Falls Grand Portage Route is an amazing 6 day tour of Northern Wisconsin and Northeastern Minnesota. We have selected some great roads outside of the Driftless Area for your riding enjoyment. In addition, we have identified a huge number of points of interest for you to visit.
Total Approximate Mileage: 1350 miles
Total Estimated Riding Time: 33 hours
Road Surface: Paved and Gravel (can be avoided)
Day 1: Black River Falls to Hayward: This leg takes riders to some very unique sites including the 45x90 Geographical Point (1 of 4 in the world), the highest point in Wisconsin (Timm’s Hill), the World’s Largest Musky (Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame), and HOG Corner (Intersection of County Roads, H, O, and G). These, combined with the great riding, make this leg a trip to remember.
Day 1 270 miles, 6.5 hours
Wisconsin Rustic Road: #1 (Gravel with bypass: Continue on Cty D. to Rib Lake, Left on Hwy 102),
Wisconsin Rustic Road: #54
Wisconsin Rustic Road: #62
Wisconsin Rustic Road: #73 (Gravel with bypass: Continue on Cty P, Right on Cty N),
Athens, WI: 45 x 90 Geographical Marker
Rib Lake, WI: Historical Marker of 1st Wisconsin Rustic Road.
Hill, WI: Timm’s Hill (Wiscsonsin’s Highest Point)
Phillips, WI: Fred Smith’s Wisconsin Concrete Park
Neillsville, WI: HOG Corner
Hayward, WI: Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame, World’s Largest Musky
Day 2: Hayward to Duluth: The second day gives riders their first view of Lake Superior, but not before riding through the forests of Northern Wisconsin. At Bayfield there is a ferry to Madeline Island for some terrific views and hikes. Point Detour is the Northernmost point in Wisconsin. Unfortunately, the road to the point is gravel and sand, so be prepared if you decide to try it. If you are lucky during your visit to Wisconsin Point Beach, you will get to see a ship traversing the entrance to the inner harbor at Duluth Superior. Day #2 ends at the Aerostich store in Duluth.
Day 2 260 miles, 6.5 hours
Rustic Road #108 (Gravel with bypass: Continue on Cty OO)
Rustic Road #111 (Gravel with bypass: Skip Rustic Road #111)
Rustic Road #95 (Gravel with bypass: Continue on Hwy 77, Left on Cty M)
Delta, WI: Delta Diner
Ashland, WI: Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center
Bayfield, WI: Madeline Island, Point Detour View of Lake Superior (Gravel with bypass: Stay on Cty K)
Superior, WI: SS Meteor Maritime Museum, Richard Bong Historical Center, John Blatnik Memorial Bridge, Aerial Lift Bridge
Duluth, MN: Aerostitch
Day 3: Duluth to Grand Portage: The third day is spent travelling up the Lake Superior shore with opportunities to view some of the many waterfalls along the way. There is also an opportunity to take in the view from the top of the Palisades and visit a Taconite loading facility. This route takes you all the way to the Canadian border before returning to the town of Grand Portage to end the day.
Day 3 166 miles, 4 hours
Duluth, MN: Glensheen Mansion
Two Harbors, MN: Two Harbors Lighthouse Museum, Iron Range Railroad Museum, Agate Beach, Gooseberry Falls State Park, Split Rock Lighthouse, Split Rock Lighthouse Overlook
Silver Bay, MN: Silver Bay Marina, Beaver Falls, Palisade Head Overlook
Finland, MN: George Crosby Manitou State Park, Caribou Falls State Wayside
Taconite Harbor, MN
Schroeder, MN: Cross River Falls, Father Baraga Cross, Temperance River State Park & Falls
Grand Marais, MN: Artist’s Point
East Cook, MN: Paradise Beach
Hovland, MN: Devil’s Kettle, Hovland Dock
Grand Portage, MN: Grand Portage State Park, High Falls on Pigeon River, Grand Portage National Monument
Day 4: Grand Portage to Duluth: The fourth day is spent returning to Duluth, but not before a trip up the historic Gunflint Trail. If you missed any waterfalls on the way up you can visit them on the way back.
Day 4 260 Miles, 5.5 Hours
Grand Marais, MN: Gunflint Trail, Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center
Duluth, MN: Aerostitch
Day 5: Duluth to Barron: The fifth day is mostly spent riding South through the woods of Northwest Wisconsin, but there are some pretty cool things to see along the way. Be sure to stop at Jay Cooke State Park and walk across the swinging bridge. You can also see where firefighters train on airplane fires at the Emergency Response training site.
Day 5 210 Miles, 5.5 Hours
Wisconsin Rustic Road #67
Wisconsin Rustic Road #71
Wisconsin Rustic Road #80
Wisconsin Rustic Road #83 (Unpaved, could be a possible side trip)
Duluth, MN: Skyline Drive, Thompson Hills Information Center, Emergency Response Training Center, Double Decker Bridge,
Esko, MN: Jay Cooke State Park, Jay Cooke Swinging Bridge
Superior, WI: Pattison State Park
Trego, WI: Namekagon River Visitor Center
Turtle Lake, WI: Turtle Lake Museum
Day 6: Barron to Black River Falls: The last day of this trip is the shortest but it is still packed with great roads and awesome sights. This route follows the Chippewa River in 2 different sections and the scenery makes it a terrific last day of an epic 6 day journey.
Day 6: 184 Miles, 4.75 Hours
Wisconsin Rustic Road #6
Wisconsin Rustic Road #18
Jim Falls, WI: Cobban Bridge
Augusta, WI: Dells Mill
NOTE: Driftless Road USA’s Dual Sport Routes include some gravel roads. Since these roads are not typically maintained as well as paved roads, it is possible for surface conditions to be highly changeable from day to day. Please exercise extra caution while riding these routes.
Motorcycle Rides, Black River falls, Sparta, Tomah, Marshfield, Stevens Point, Wausau, Abbotsford, Thorp, Rib Lake, Phillips, Rhinelander, Hayward, Cable, Delta, Washburn, Bayfield, Ashland, Superior, Duluth, Grand Marais, Grand Portage, Finland, Cloquet, Foxboro, Sturgeon Lake, Danbury, Cumberland, Turtle Lake, Barrob, Rice Lake, Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire, Augusta, Fairchild
Black River Falls Grand Portage Tour
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