This summer there is major road construction in multiple areas in Duluth and near Split Rock Lighthouse. Motorists have experienced delays and frustrations getting through Duluth and this weekend the Tall Ships are in the Duluth Port creating even more traffic through town. I highly recommend taking a detour that will add 38 miles to your trip but it will go around both construction zones starting at Cloquet and returning to Hwy 61 at Beaver Bay. There is a fun video clip describing the detour on our tourism website, www.grandmarais.com called the Scenic "Scenic" Route: On the road with Jason Portman. There are things to see along the way including a Frank Lloyd Wright gas station, Finnish Schoolhouse and old-fashioned family restaurants.
The detour starts just south of Duluth off I-35. Exit on Hwy 33 north at Cloquet, which merges into Hwy 53. Go east on Hwy 16, which turns into Hwy 15 as the Superior National Forest Byway. Then drop down into Beaver Bay on Hwy 5 and you'll be back on 61 north again.