Elk River is served by two grade 9 through grade 12 high schools, Elk River High School and Ivan Sand Community High School, and one grade 6 through 12 school, Spectrum High School, two middle schools, Salk Middle School and VandenBerge Middle School, both of which serve grade 6 to grade 8. Lincoln Elementary, Parker Elementary, Meadowvale Elementary and Twin Lakes Elementary serve kindergarten to grade 5. Elk River is also served by a private school, St. Andrew’s Catholic School, which currently teaches Kindergarten through grade 5 and is paid for mostly by parishioners.
The City of Elk River is a busy city when it comes to traffic, particularly on weekends in the summer and fall as vacationers and hunters head north to their cabins.
U.S. Highways 10 and 169 have their northwest juncture in Elk River, with the two highways concurrent for 12 miles until Anoka to the southeast. U.S. 10 continues northwesterly toward St. Cloud, and U.S. 169 continues due north toward Mille Lacs Lake from Elk River.
Minnesota Highway 101 has its northern terminus at the U.S. 10 / U.S. 169 split in Elk River, and is a major route connecting these highways with Interstate 94, seven miles to the south.