31.9 miles to Beaver Bay and 25 miles return on Highway 61 to Two Harbors
This route explores the backcountry including northern hardwood forests of oak, maple and basswood and boreal forests of pine, spruce, cedar, aspen and birch. It's a great way to get off the highway and go for a country drive - all paved roads. From Two Harbors, drive northeast on MN-61 to Lake County 3, stay on this road - it turns into the Airport Road - until the T and head south on the Lax Lake Rd to Beaver Bay.
Consider continuing behind the ridge line by heading north on the Lax Lake Rd and following the directions of the Beaver Bay to Illgen City route.