old61 Historic U.S. 61: Wood Ridge Drive

Wood Ridge Drive

Located: 0.65 miles south of Beaver Bay along the west side of State Hwy 61, in Beaver Bay Township, Lake County.

Historic Context: Part of the original North Shore Scenic Highway constructed in the 1920's.

Length: 0.20 miles

Constructed: 1924

Bypassed: 1996 (retired as U.S. 61 in 1990)

Also Part Of:

Status: Intact, now a private drive.

Access: Directly from the west side of State Hwy 61. Signs indicate that this is now a private drive.

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North >> Algoma Way

South >> Pine Bay Loop

Wood Ridge Drive, now a private drive south of Beaver Bay, was once part of the original North Shore Scenic Highway. Built in 1924, the road was finally bypassed by the construction of the current alignment in 1996. Left totally intact after the construction, it was taken over as an access road for a few estates on the cliffs overlooking Lake Superior.



Photos - taken in April, 2010.

Looking south from Highway 61 onto Wood Ridge Drive. Note the old guard rail up ahead. The pavement also appears to not been disturbed.

The north end of Wood Ridge Drive, looking across Highway 61.

Looking north up current Highway 61 at the entrance to Wood Ridge Drive. Across the highway to the right you can see where the highway used to run (onto Algoma Way).


  1. MNDOT. Construction Project Log: Control Section 3806
  2. Minnesota Highway Department. Construction Plan for Trunk Hwy No. 61-1 Between Little Marais and Two Harbors: S.P. 61=1-01, June, 1923.
  3. MNDOT. Right-of-Way Map: Beaver Bay to Chapin's Curve: 179-4D.

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