Life on the Lake

Lake Vermilion is the fifth largest lake in Minnesota’s “land of 10,000 lakes.” The Ojibwe people call the lake Onamuni, which means “lake of the sunset glow.” Fur traders translated the word as Vermilion, a French word for red. Lake Vermilion stretches nearly 40 miles and covers over 40,000 acres of water, marked by boulder-strewn shorelines and numerous islands. It is navigable in almost any weather due to the many sheltered bays. Opportunities are endless for boating, sailing, canoeing, kayaking, houseboating, tubing, water skiing, and swimming. Fishing is superb for walleye, northern pike, muskellunge, and numerous other species. Check out these links for more information on this premier lake destination:

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
Lake Vermilion Resort & Tourism Association
Lake Vermilion Home Page

Other Pursuits

• World-class golf course at The Wilderness
• Horseback riding, mountain biking, hiking, and cross-country skiing on Arrowhead State Trail, Taconite State Trail, and Big Aspen Trail
Snowmobiling and ATV/off-road riding on literally hundreds of miles of well-maintained state and local trails
Geocaching at several area locations
• Hunting for deer, black bear, ruffed grouse, woodcock, and ducks — many expert hunting guides and outfitters in the area
• See black bears in their natural habitat at the Vince Shute Wildlife Sanctuary
• See timber wolves in their natural habitat at the International Wolf Center
• Explore Ojibwe history and culture
• Learn about the Jewish heritage of Minnesota’s Iron Range
• Tour a real underground iron mine
• Gaming at Fortune Bay Resort Casino
• Fine dining, shopping, and entertainment — many venues accessible by boat