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Highway 61 - LaCrescent, MN to Red Wing, MN + ADD NEW ROUTE


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Motorcycle Roads Highway 61 - LaCrescent, MN to Red Wing, MN

By Anonymous
on April 1, 2006

4.4out of 5

12 Riders rated

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 Road Quality

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Written Directions

Get yourself to Lacrescent, MN (Just outside of La Crosse) and take US 61 North all the way up as it hugs the Mississippi River and takes you into Red Wing, MN. For an awesome return trip, just cross the river into Wisconsin and head south along Wisconsin 35 (the Great River Road) as it hugs the river on the east side ... you're really going to enjoy this trip!!!

Scenery

Ride along the Mississippi River - most beautiful scenery I've ever seen, been to 28 states, nothing like it !!!

Road Quality

The roads are good quality and have a nice amount of turns as they follow the path of the Mississippi.

Roadside Amenities

Not really too much to do here but there are place to get gas and food.

Additional Info

- View the weather forecast for this area from Yahoo weather .

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By Hiwyangel
on March 4, 2012 1 out of 1 members found this review useful.

4.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2000

Motorcycle Make Harley

Motorcycle Type Touring

I really enjoy the river rides, nice sweeping curves, roads are well maintained. I do beleive the view of the River is better on the Wisconsin side.

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By Guest
on March 5, 2008 1 out of 5 members found this review useful.

No Rating Provided

Motorcycle Year 1996

Motorcycle Make Moto Guzzi

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

Watch for deer on this ride - my wife and I went down after hitting a large one on the 35 side of this trip in Buffalo County, WI - 10:30 am at the end of June!
The blankety-blank DNR departments of Iowa, Wi, and MN [possibly others] need to either cut the populations of these critters down or be shot!

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By SlcCorrado
on June 26, 2016 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

4.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2008

Motorcycle Make Kawasaki

Motorcycle Type Sport-Touring

This is one of my favorite rides from the twin cities. A quick shot east on 494 brings you right to the start of this route. The scenery is a nice mix of forest, river, lake, farmland and small town. Plenty of places to stop along the way for gas or food or drinks.

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By jack black
on June 20, 2015 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

4.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2012

Motorcycle Make BMW 1200 GS

Motorcycle Type Enduro

Great loop, I personally enjoyed the WI side better, with its small towns and relaxed feel. Took some side roads to check out the river. Both sides (WI and MN ) are great for riding though. Good sweepers and scenery. Stopped in Onalaska and had dinner and pints at The Wharf, highly recommend this local hangout.

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By vic106
on March 23, 2014 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2011

Motorcycle Make victory Cross Country

Motorcycle Type Touring

Great ride. Stays close to the river most of the way. Lots of small little river towns. If you have more time, I would recommend adding on hastings and prescott to the loop. Will add about another hour.

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By vic106
on March 23, 2014 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2011

Motorcycle Make Victory Cross Country

Motorcycle Type

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By Prussian
on August 27, 2012 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2004

Motorcycle Make Yamaha Midnight Venture

Motorcycle Type Touring

An awesome stretch of road. HWY61 on the MN side is two-lanes each way for most of the ride. Towns like Winona and Red Wing offer good stops about 40 miles apart. HWY35 on the WI side offers single lane and more "peaceful" side of the ride. Smaller towns along the route, but great small town greasy spoons.
This is essentially the same route open in the spring and fall as the Flood Run - vendors and busy stops all along the route.

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By Jirgis
on April 27, 2012 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

4.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2005

Motorcycle Make bmw

Motorcycle Type Sport-Touring

a very nice road, best done over a weekend, if you like going fast try early morning saturday or sunday hours when the roads are almost empty except for sport bike riders. I did this over 2 days with a night stay near lake pepin and then left at 6 am. If you live within a 100 mile radius this is worth it. Will probalby do it again ( i did the Wisonsin side this time which apparently has better scenery)

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By Guest
on July 22, 2010 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

4.5out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2010

Motorcycle Make Harley-Davidson

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

Awesome views and good roads. Worth the trip!

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By Guest
on February 3, 2010 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

4.5out of 5

Motorcycle Year 1997

Motorcycle Make Honda

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

This ride is excellent. We start out in Prescott and head south on 35. Maiden Rock is a great place to stop, small little town with some good bars that love the bikers. WI side definitely seems more peaceful and country, but the scenery on either side is great.

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By Guest
on January 3, 2010 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

4.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2008

Motorcycle Make OTHER

Motorcycle Type Other

Rating is average of Minnesota side 7 and Wisconsin side 9. In April through October, time your trip to arrive at the Harbor View Cafe in Pepin Wisconsin about an hour before they open to get on the list ... no reservations accepted. For around $30 you'll get a meal that would cost $100-$200 in any city. It is worth another star or two in the amenities column all by itself. Check their website for hours and location. (No affiliation, just a long-time fan. We make the two-hour drive a few times each year for birthdays and such.)

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By Guest
on May 17, 2009 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

No Rating Provided

Motorcycle Year 2008

Motorcycle Make Harley-Davidson

Motorcycle Type Touring

Right now they are working on 61 between Winona and Wabasha. If you take this trip in the fall make sure to stop for a good apple just outside of Lake City. Also the Wisconsin side has many interesting side trip roads. Get some county maps and travel some of the less traveled roads for some great scenery!

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