Directions to Franciscan Retreats and Spirituality Center
County Highway 44 Reconstruction Phase II
from east of Fish Point Road to West of CH 27 and Overlay to State Highway 13
Work is expected to begin for this project on July 24th and be completed by the end of October.
The road will be closed to thru traffic during construction between Fish Point Road and CH 27 (Texas Ave/Allen Blvd). Local access will be maintained, please use CH 27 to CH 44 to St Francis Lane to access the retreat center
CH 44 starting at Fish Point Road to Sue Ann Lane will be torn up to
replace the sewer system, expand the lanes to 4 and put in a medium.
Because of the road being torn up there will be no thru traffic at the
west side of CH 44. The posted Detour (see pdf file below for a Map) is
CH 27 (Texas Ave/Allen Blvd), CH 21 (Eagle Creek Ave), and State
Highway 13.2014 Road Construction
See our How to Get Here page for links to maps to Francsican Retreats and Spirituality Center.
From Richfield, Hopkins, Golden Valley, take 169 south and cross the Minnesota River. Immediately after crossing river, exit for Savage. Turn right (south) on Highway 13, climbing out of the valley. Cross Co Rd 42. 3 miles and turn left on 160th Street, that is County Road 44. Two miles to Franciscan Retreat sign, turn right.. Follow St. Francis Ave to Franciscan Retreats and Spirituality Center.
From Iowa, take I-35 North, exit for Prior Lake and Lakeville, (Scott Co Rd 60, or 185th Street); turn left (west) five miles. Road becomes County Road 21 as it enters Scott County. Turn Right at traffic light onto Co Rd 27. Two miles to County Road 44, turn left; ½ mile to St Francis Lane. Notice sign for Franciscan Retreats. Turn left and follow the signs to the end of St Francis Lane.
From (St Paul), take I-35E South: County Road 42 West; Left on Dakota (Co Ro 27) -- two miles. Where Co Road 27 turns left, go straight onto County road 44. Half mile to Franciscan Retreats sign, turn left. (This is a simple route, but delayed by traffic lights.)
From St Paul, take I-35E South, alternate #1:
On I-35E, pass through Burnsville, pass Buckhill Ski Slope, pass Lakeville.
Exit I-35 at 185th Street and turn right. 5 miles. Turn right on Co Ro 27. Two miles. Left on County Road 44. Half mile. (This is a long route but, with pastures and fewer traffic lights, it is scenic and relaxing.)
From Minneapolis/Bloomington, take -35W South to County Road 42 West; Left on Dakota Street (Co Ro 27). Where Co Road 27 turns left, go straight onto County road 44. Half-mile to Franciscan Retreats sign, turn left.
Directions from Rochester to Franciscan Retreats and Spirituality Center, Prior Lake, MN
Amy Liang has provided the following detailed directions to Franciscan Retreats and Spirituality Center from Rochester, Minnesota -- and back again:
This route from Rochester to Franciscan Retreats and Spirituality Center, Prior Lake, is approximately 80 miles, 1 hour 45 minutes. It goes through Northfield. It is simpler and easier to follow than the route posted on Expedia.com or Mapquest.com (going through Farmington and Lakeville). It can be broken into 3 parts.
Part 1- from Rochester to Cannon Falls via US Highway 52 North (#1)
Part 2- from Cannon Falls to Northfield via SR-19 West. Note: SR-19 is kind of twists and turns and takes other local road names: Hwy 19 Blvd, 330 th St, Stanton Blvd, Lonsdale Blvd, etc. Just remember to follow the sign with number 19 West. (#2 - # 8)
Part 3- from Northfield to Prior Lake via I-35 North and CR-60/CR-21 West. Note: CR-21 also changes its name to 185th Street and Eagle Creek Parkway. (#9 - #16)
1: From Rochester, take ramp onto US-52 North- 40 miles
2: Take Ramp onto MN-19 / Cannon Falls / Northfield.- 0.3
3: Turn RIGHT (West) onto SR-19 [Highway 19 Blvd]- 6.1
4: Turn LEFT (South) onto SR-19 [SR-56]- 1.0
5: Turn RIGHT (West) onto SR-19 [Highway 19 Blvd]- 7.8
6: Turn RIGHT (West) onto SR-19 [W 2nd St]- 0.1
7: Turn LEFT (South) onto SR-3 [Dahomey Ave]- 0.3
8: Bear RIGHT (West) onto SR-19 [5th St W / Lonsdale Blvd]- 6.8
9: Take Ramp (RIGHT) onto I-35 North- 14.4 miles
10: Take exit 84 and turn LEFT onto CR-60 / 185th St W- 0.3
11: Road name changes from CR-60 to CR-21 [185th St E]- 3.4
12: Turn RIGHT (North) onto CR-27 [Texas Ave]- 1.6
13: Turn LEFT (South-West) onto CR-44 [Allen Blvd S]- 0.5
14: Turn LEFT (South) onto St Francis Ln.- 0.1
15: Road name changes to White Dr - < 0.1
16: Turn LEFT (South) onto St Francis Ln- 0.3
Directions from Franciscan Retreats and Spirituality Center, Prior Lake, to Rochester
1: Start on St Francis Ln.- 0.3 miles
2: Turn RIGHT (East) onto White Dr- < 0.1
3: Road name changes to St Francis Ln- 0.1
4: Turn RIGHT (East) onto CR-44 [158th St W- 0.5
5: Turn RIGHT (South-East) onto CR-27 [Texas Ave]- 1.6
6: Turn LEFT (East) onto CR-21 [Eagle Creek Ave SE]- 3.4
7: Road name changes to CR-60 [185th St W]- 0.3
8: Take Ramp (RIGHT) onto I-35 South (toward Albertlea)- 14.4
9: Take exit 69 to Northfield - 0.3
10: Turn LEFT (East) onto SR-19 [330th St / Lonsdale Blvd]- 6.8
11: Turn LEFT (North) onto SR-3 [Dahomey Ave]- 0.3
12: Turn RIGHT (East) onto SR-19 [W 2nd St]- 0.1
13: Turn LEFT (East) onto SR-19 [Highway 19 Blvd]- 6.1
14: Take Ramp (LEFT) onto US-52 S toward Rochester- 40 miles
15: Take the exit closest to your home in Rochester!