Minnesota State Highway 197

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Trunk Highway 197 marker

Trunk Highway 197
Route information
Maintained by MnDOT
Length 6.997 mi[1] (11.261 km)
Existed 1985 – present
Major junctions
South end US 2.svg US 71.svg U.S. 2 / U.S. 71 near Bemidji
North end US 2.svg US 71.svg U.S. 2 / U.S. 71 at Bemidji
Counties Beltrami
Highway system
  • Minnesota Trunk Highways
MN 194 MN 200

Minnesota State Highway 197 (MN 197) is a highway in northwest Minnesota, which runs from its first interchange with U.S. Highways 2 and 71 on the southeast edge of Bemidji and continues north and then west to its second interchange with U.S. Highways 2 and 71 on the northwest edge of Bemidji.

The route is 7 miles (11 km) in length and runs through the heart of the city of Bemidji.

Highway 197 is also known as Washington Avenue, Bemidji Avenue, and Paul Bunyan Drive at various points throughout its route.

Route description[edit]

Highway 197 serves as a north–south and an east–west business route through the city of Bemidji. The roadway functions essentially as a business route for U.S. Highways 2 and 71.

Highway 197 passes in between Lake Irving and Lake Bemidji on the south side of the city.


Highway 197 was originally numbered 2 and 71 as part of old U.S. Highways 2 and 71 through the city of Bemidji.[2]

In the mid 1980s, the new Highway 2 / 71 four-lane bypass of Bemidji was constructed. The original route through the city was renumbered 197 at this time.[2]

The original route through Bemidji (now 197) had been paved by the 1930s.[2]

197 had been marked as "Highway 197 Thru City" on both ends. In 2004, the new signs no longer read "Thru City".[2]

Major intersections[edit]

The entire route is in Beltrami County.

Location mi[1] km Destinations Notes
Bemidji Township 0.000 0.000 US 2 / US 71 – Park Rapids, Grand Rapids Interchange
Mississippi River 2.805–
Paul Bunyan Drive Bridge
Bemidji 6.130–
US 71 – International Falls
6.997 11.261 US 2 west – Crookston Westbound exit and eastbound entrance only
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


Route map: Google

KML is from Wikidata
  1. ^ a b Minnesota Department of Transportation. "Statewide Trunk Logpoint Listing" (PDF). St. Paul: Minnesota Department of Transportation. Retrieved November 27, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c d Riner, Steve. "Details of routes 152–218". The Unofficial Minnesota Highways Page. Self-published. Retrieved November 22, 2010. [self-published source]