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Things to See & Do

Lake Vermilion Minnesota

There's so much to do here– if you love the outdoors, or just feel the need to get away, you've come to the right place. The Lake Vermilion area is an ideal destination! 

For some ideas view our videos:  Activities Video - Attractions Video - Nature Video

Get information on specific activities by clicking on the sub-headers under activities.

Check our calendar for festivals, concerts, and other events that may be taking place during your visit.

Some other activities you may enjoy

Boating/Canoeing/Water Sports: There are more than 40,000 acres of water on Lake Vermilion for boating and canoeing enjoyment. Boat to any of the numerous small islands and bays where you feel as if you have the lake to yourself. Enjoy the relaxing glide of a sailboat or the intense thrill of a speedboat. Canoe or kayak Lake Vermilion, Vermilion River, Little Fork River, or portage into a dozen nearby Minnesota lakes. Try wind surfing, paddleboats, water bikes, water skiing, tubing and more. You can rent most any needed watercraft at area resorts or marinas!

Berry Picking: From mid-June to mid-August, the woods and banks around Lake Vermilion offer a feast of wild berries. Blueberries, raspberries, pin cherries, june berries, strawberries and blackberries can all be found in the lush forests of this Minnesota region. Get helpful tips on where to pick from your resort hosts.

Geocaching: Bring your GPS and find any of the many caches around Lake Vermilion. Visit Official Global GPS Cache Hunt Site for coordinates and more information on this growing sport.  Zip codes for the Lake Vermilion area are:  Cook, 55723; Buyck, 55771; Tower, 55790; and Soudan, 55782.

Horseback Riding: The Arrowhead and Taconite Trails (see map under "Winter-snowmobiling") and the Big Aspen Trail (see map under "Biking/Hiking") are designated for horseback. For more specific information, contact the Minnesota DNR or US Forest Service.

Shore Lunch Sites: This link will take you to a .pdf file of shore lunch sites on Lake Vermilion, including map and GPS coordinates: Shore Lunch Sites