Minnesota State Highway 16

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Trunk Highway 16 marker

Trunk Highway 16
Route information
Maintained by MnDOT
Length 87.671 mi[2] (141.093 km)
Existed 1980[1] – present
Historic Bluff Country Scenic Byway
Major junctions
West end I-90 at Dexter
East end US 14 / US 61 / WIS 16 at La Crescent
Counties Mower, Fillmore, Houston
Highway system
  • Minnesota Trunk Highways
MN 15 MN 18

Minnesota State Highway 16 (MN 16) is a two-lane highway in southeast Minnesota, which runs from its interchange with Interstate Highway 90 in Dexter and continues east to its eastern terminus at the Wisconsin state line concurrent with U.S. Highways 14 and 61 outside La Crescent just west of La Crosse, Wisconsin.[2]

The route was designated as a National Scenic Byway in 2003 as the Historic Bluff Country Scenic Byway. The roadway follows the route of old U.S. Highway 16.[3]

Highway 16 is 88 miles (142 km) in length.

Route description[edit]

The La Crosse West Channel Bridge carrying US Route 14, US Route 61, Minnesota State Highway 16, and Wisconsin State Highway 16 across the Mississippi River between La Crescent, Minnesota, and La Crosse, Wisconsin. This is the river's West Channel.

Minnesota Trunk Highway 16 serves as the scenic east–west route in southeast Minnesota. The national scenic byway links together Dexter, Grand Meadow, Spring Valley, Preston, Lanesboro, Rushford Village, Peterson, Rushford, Houston, Hokah, and La Crescent. Highway 16 parallels Interstate 90 throughout its route and allows travelers the opportunity to experience Minnesota's Driftless Area.

The route passes through the Richard J. Dorer Memorial Hardwood State Forest in Fillmore and Houston counties.

Forestville Mystery Cave State Park is located near Highway 16 in Fillmore County. The park is located between Spring Valley and Preston.

The eastern terminus for Highway 16 is the Wisconsin state line at the Mississippi River outside La Crescent, concurrent with U.S. Highways 14 and 61.

The western terminus for the route is its interchange with Interstate 90 in Dexter.


U.S. Highway 16
Location ManleyLa Crescent
Existed 1926–1980
History Mostly replaced by Interstate 90

State Highway 16 was designated in 1980. The route was originally part of old U.S. Highway 16 from 1926 to 1980.

U.S. 16 was mostly replaced by Interstate Highway 90 within Minnesota.

State Highway 16 from Dexter to La Crescent is the only remaining section of this former U.S. route that exists as a trunk highway separate from Interstate 90.

After crossing the Mississippi River Bridge and the Wisconsin state line, old U.S. 16 continues on as Wisconsin Highway 16.[1]

The only section of U.S. Highway 16 that remains in the present day is the east–west route between Rapid City, South Dakota and Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming.

Major intersections[edit]

County Location mi[2] km Destinations Notes
Mower Dexter 0.000–
I-90 – Austin, Rochester I-90 exit 193.
Frankford Township 11.182 17.996 US 63 north – Stewartville Western end of US 63 overlap
Fillmore Spring Valley 16.327 26.276 US 63 south – Chester, Iowa Eastern end of US 63 overlap
Fillmore Township 22.602 36.374 MN 80 north / CSAH 5 south – Wykoff, Forestville Mystery Cave State Park
Fountain Township 31.675 50.976 US 52 north – Chatfield Western end of US 52 overlap
Preston Township 35.210 56.665 US 52 south – Harmony Eastern end of US 52 overlap
Lanesboro 40.534 65.233 MN 250 – Root River State Trail
Rushford 58.544 94.217 MN 43 north – Winona Northern end of MN 43 overlap
Rushford Village 59.092 95.099 MN 43 south – Mabel Southern end of MN 43 overlap
Houston Houston 70.112 112.834 MN 76 north / CSAH 13 south (Grant Street) Western end of MN 76 overlap
Houston Township 70.981 114.233 MN 76 south – Caledonia Eastern end of MN 76 overlap
Hokah 82.024 132.005 MN 44 west – Caledonia
La Crescent Township 85.222 137.152 MN 26 south – Brownsville
La Crescent 87.671 141.093 US 14 west / US 61 north / CSAH 6 west – Winona Western end of US 14 / US 61 overlap
89.451 143.957 US 14 east / US 61 south / WIS 16 east – La Crosse Continuation into Wisconsin
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


Route map: Google

KML is from Wikidata
  1. ^ a b Riner, Steve. "Details of Routes 1-25". The Unofficial Minnesota Highways Page. Retrieved 2006-03-12. [self-published source?]
  2. ^ a b c Minnesota Department of Transportation. "Statewide Trunk Logpoint Listing" (PDF). St. Paul: Minnesota Department of Transportation. Retrieved September 2, 2015. 
  3. ^ Highways and Gas Stations - MN State Highway 16 page Archived 2012-03-02 at the Wayback Machine.