The North Shore Scenic Drive (NSSD) Council will lead a planning effort to identify improvements that can be made to the Glensheen Wayside for visitors traveling the byway, addressing wayside amenities, recreation and accessibility. The project will result in a design plan ready for implementation, which the NSSD Council will support in conjunction with the MN DNR and Duluth, MN of St. Louis County through grant writing and project development as appropriate. Adding wayside improvements to this site will enhance tourism on the byway.

To achieve these objectives, the NSSD will work in partnership with the Arrowhead Regional Development Commission (ARDC) to convene stakeholders to be engaged in the planning process. Stakeholders will include area residents, local organizations, Duluth, MN of St. Louis County, MnDOT and MNDNR among others. Carlos Fernandez, Landscape Architect, AFLA will prepare the design documents based on feedback from the stakeholder planning team over the course of several meetings.


The first meeting for the wayside design project was held at 2:00 p.m. on November 9th in the Winter Garden Room located in the Glensheen Mansion. For more information, see the meeting summary document below:

Meeting #1 Summary

A 2nd meeting of the steering committee was held at 2:00 p.m. on February 1st in the Winter Garden Room of Glensheen Mansion to review preliminary concept designs for the wayside site.  A meeting summary has been prepared and made available for download below:

Meeting #2 Summary

A public open house meeting was held on Tuesday, May 22nd from 5:00-6:30 P.M. A meeting summary will be available soon.

Preliminary Design Concepts

Glensheen Wayside Abstract

More Information

For more information on the project please contact:

Justin Otsea
Senior Planner
221 West First Street
Duluth, MN 55802

Phone: 218-529-7592 (direct)
Toll-free: 1-800-232-0707 ext. 552.
Fax: 218-529-7592


This report was prepared using Federal funds under award NA15NOS4190126 from NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management, U.S. Department of Commerce. The statements, findings, conclusions, and recommendations are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management, U.S. Department of Commerce or Minnesota DNR.

This project was also funded in part by the Iron Range Resources & Rehabilitation Board