Minnesota State Highway 16

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Trunk Highway 16 marker

Trunk Highway 16
MN 16 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by MnDOT
Length87.671 mi[2] (141.093 km)
Historic Bluff Country Scenic Byway
Major junctions
West end I-90 at Dexter
East end US 14 / US 61 / WIS 16 at La Crescent
CountiesMower, Fillmore, Houston
Highway system
  • Minnesota Trunk Highways
MN 15MN 18

Minnesota State Highway 16 (MN 16) is a 87.671-mile-long (141.093 km) 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]

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
LocationManleyLa Crescent
HistoryMostly 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]

I-90 – Austin, RochesterI-90 exit 193.
Frankford Township11.18217.996 US 63 north – StewartvilleWestern end of US 63 overlap
FillmoreSpring Valley16.32726.276 US 63 south – Chester, IowaEastern end of US 63 overlap
Fillmore Township22.60236.374 MN 80 north / CSAH 5 south – Wykoff, Forestville Mystery Cave State Park
Fountain Township31.67550.976 US 52 north – ChatfieldWestern end of US 52 overlap
Preston Township35.21056.665 US 52 south – HarmonyEastern end of US 52 overlap
Lanesboro40.53465.233 MN 250 – Root River State Trail
Rushford58.54494.217 MN 43 north – WinonaNorthern end of MN 43 overlap
Rushford Village59.09295.099 MN 43 south – MabelSouthern end of MN 43 overlap
HoustonHouston70.112112.834 MN 76 north / CSAH 13 south (Grant Street)Western end of MN 76 overlap
Houston Township70.981114.233 MN 76 south – CaledoniaEastern end of MN 76 overlap
Hokah82.024132.005 MN 44 west – Caledonia
La Crescent Township85.222137.152 MN 26 south – Brownsville
La Crescent87.671141.093 US 14 west / US 61 north / CSAH 6 west – WinonaWestern end of US 14 / US 61 overlap
89.451143.957 US 14 east / US 61 south / WIS 16 east – La CrosseContinuation into Wisconsin
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


Route map:

KML is from Wikidata
  1. ^ a b Riner, Steve. "Details of Routes 1-25". The Unofficial Minnesota Highways Page. Retrieved March 12, 2006.[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 March 2, 2012, at the Wayback Machine