Lake Vermilion State Park is located in the Arrowhead region of north central Minnesota near Tower and Ely.
How to Get to Lake Vermilion State Park: Drive 2 miles east of Tower and follow the signs to the Soudan Underground Mine State Park entrance.
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Park Highlights: Lake Vermilion State Park is the first major state park created in Minnesota in more than 30 years. The purchase of the land was finalized in June 2010, and the park will be developed in stages. As of this writing, these projects are in design or development:
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Lake Vermilion’s Natural Attractions: Lake Vermilion is the fifth largest lake in Minnesota, and one of the most scenic lakes in the United States. With its 40,000 acres of water, 365 islands, and 1200 miles of shoreline, it stretches 40 miles across the heart of Minnesota's Arrowhead Region.
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Things to Do in Lake Vermilion State Park: Hiking trails into the park presently originate from Soudan Underground Mine State Park. The main trail, the Alaska Shaft trail, starts near the Alaska Shaft. This is the only marked and officially developed trail in the park. There are many other trails; however, they are not developed and marked, so please proceed with caution.
Tourists are drawn by Lake Vermilion's reputation as a fishing destination, as well as its setting in the northern Minnesota wilderness. Fish for trophy-size walleye, northern, muskie, small mouth bass, crappie, perch, and bluegill.
Camping in Lake Vermilion State Park:
There are three temporary boat-in campsites available that include a fire ring, bear box, and vault toilet. Drinking water is not available; you will need to bring your own. Campsites are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Call the park office at 218-753-2245 with any questions and for updates on park development and amenities.
Prepare for any camping excursion with our camping equipment checklist.
More Attractions in This Region: Visit the adjacent Soudan Underground Mine State Park to learn about the history of mining in the area. Stop by in Cook, Minnesota. Visit Ely, the gateway to the Boundary Waters area. Visit Voyageurs National Park.
PO Box 335
1379 Stuntz Bay Road
Soudan, MN 55782
Email: SoudanMine.StatePark@state.mn.usA complete guide to Minnesota state parks is our own Kindle book Minnesota State Parks: From Afton to Zippel Bay
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