Plan ahead to get to and from Cook County, Minn.

Road construction in Two Harbors mid-May to October

Plan ahead to get to and from Cook County, Minn.


What |              Beginning mid-May through October, three stretches of Minnesota State Highway 61 in Two Harbors, Minn. will be under construction at various times. If you’re planning on taking a road trip to Grand Marais or any other Cook County, Minn. towns, here are some suggestions from Linda Jurek, executive director for Visit Cook County, to make your drive less troublesome and your vacation more relaxing and enjoyable.


Make an extended weekend out of it.  Visitors who plan to take an extra day or two and travel during non-peak times, typically on weekdays, can experience shorter delays while on the road.


Time is on your side.  Visitors can utilize the extra time during their longer stay to enjoy activities around Cook County with fewer crowds.  Check out our calendar of events to get ideas for your extended stays.


For additional road condition information, visit:

Minnesota Department of Transportation


Where |            On Highway 61 in Two Harbors from Eighth Street to the Silver Creek Cliff tunnel (4.1 miles)


When |             Mid May – October

Rural Work: Two Harbors to Silver Creek Tunnel, including Campground


  • A single land of traffic in each direction will be maintained for the duration of the project on Highway 61.  Anticipate flagging operations or temporary signals at work locations.


Late July – Early September

In the town of Two Harbors: Fourth Street (County Road 2)

  • Intersection – side streets and entrances will be closed for short durations.
  • A single lane of traffic will be maintained on Highway 61 and the north leg of Fourth Street at all times.


September – October

In Two Harbors: Eighth Street to Fifth Street

  • Side streets and entrances will be closed for short durations.  A single lane of traffic will be maintained on highway 61 at all times.


About Visit Cook County 

Visit Cook County encompasses the northeastern Minnesota communities of Lutsen, Tofte, Schroeder, Grand Marais, the Gunflint Trail and Grand Portage, commonly referred to as “the Arrowhead” and the “North Shore of Lake Superior”.  Grand Marais, Minn., has earned several national accolades — most recently it was named USA Today’s Best Midwestern Small Town, Outside Magazine’s The 16 Best Places to Live in the U.S. 2016, and Budget Travel’s 2015 Coolest Small Town in America. Rekindle your sense of adventure by exploring the Superior National Forest or paddling through the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Discover what makes the communities of Cook County, Minn. “Naturally Unforgettable.” Connect on social media using #visitcc, Twitter @CookCoVisitorsFacebook, or Instagram @donorthmn. Learn more at



Linda Jurek | Visit Cook County PH# 218.387.2788 Email: