Lake Vermilion well known as one of the most beautiful lakes in the country; a wilderness paradise; and gateway to Superior National Forest. The lake encompasses more than 40,000 acres, but with its 365 islands and hundreds of protected bays, it is navagable in almost any weather.
Whatever the size of your group or time of year you’d like to visit, you’ll find what you are looking for at Lake Vermilion. Enjoy rustic to elegant cabins, lodges and hotels. Try a home-like bed and breakfast. Camp lakeside or on a secluded, wooded campsite. Or, stay right on the water in a houseboat.
When it comes to fishing, Lake Vermilion definitely offers something for everyone – from the serious angler to the family novice. Explore miles of reefs, sunken islands, drop-offs and underwater structure for walleye, large- and smallmouth bass, northern pike, muskie, and panfish. Millions of walleye fry are stocked annually in Lake Vermilion. That, combined with sportfishing “catch and release” practises, assures future fish populations and memorable vacations for anglers.
Area hiking and biking trails offer visitors the opportunity to view diverse plant and animal life.
If golf is your passion, the Vermilion area has over 150 holes of golf, including 3 championship courses, within 30 minutes.
Mine tours, bear and wolf watching, heritage centers, live entertainment and a casino are all on the lake or close by.
Come and experience the excellent fishing, natural beauty, and great hospitality that ARE Lake Vermilion. Your perfect vacation awaits.
Long regarded as one of the country’s most scenic fishing lakes, Lake Vermilion features over 40,000 acres of crystalline water, 12,000 miles of densely wooded shoreline, and innumerable islands covered in stands of birch, aspen, basswood, maple and ash. But it’s not just eye candy – all this serves as a backdrop for some of the best fishing in the state. Lake Vermilion offers great fishing for walleye, musky, pike, bass, bluegill, and yellow perch.
The lake’s diverse structure – deep drop-offs, sunken islands, reefs, and varying bottom conditions – provide both experts and novices with opportunities for every species in every season. The state DNR bolsters the fish populations with a walleye hatchery, pike rearing ponds, and periodic muskie stocking.
If you’ve already caught your limit, consider a hike through the Bear Head Lake State Park, with its red pine forests and interesting, mixed terrain. Snowmobiling, ATV and horseback riding on the area’s trails is excellent. Hunting and wildlife viewing opportunities are also plentiful.
Whether you’re looking for a luxurious rental house with a whirlpool and sauna or just a simple tent pitched under the stars, Lake Vermilion can accommodate you. Several resorts and campgrounds come right up to the water, while many great motels, hotels, and B&Bs lie within a short drive. There’s plenty of entertainment for the whole family on the land, as well. Try your luck at the Fortune Bay Casino, tee up at one of the area’s championship golf courses, or take the kids for ice cream and mini golf. If you’re looking for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, consider one of the many lakeside restaurants that allow you to pull right up to the hostess’ stand in your boat.
Bodies of Water: Lake Vermilion