Lake Mille Lacs Scenic Byway

Lake Mille Lacs Scenic Byway SignThe 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 man

y 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

Location:  Approximately 90 miles north of Mpls/St. Paul
Setting:  Lake views and local communities
Surface:  Paved
Suitable Vehicle:  Any vehicle
Length:  68 miles
Time:  1.5 to 2 hours
Main Roads:  Highways 169, 27, 18 and 47 and Shakopee Lake Road
Season:  Drivable year round