Quiet, warm & sunny days lead to crisp, cool nights by the fire with the hint of wood smoke in the air. Changing leaves add to the beauty and serenity of Lake Vermilion. Many of our summer guests are amazed by the changes autumn brings.
It's an excellent time of year for hiking, biking, boating, and golfing.
And don't forget, some of the finest fishing of the year is in the fall!
A visit to Minnesota's Lake Vermilion in September or October is worth the trip - check our lodging specials page for discounted rates.
Some suggestions for fall color drives surrounding Lake Vermilion...
From Tower, take State Hwy 135 22 miles south to Aurora. You will cross over the Laurentian Divide - the US Forest Service calls this road "fall color fantasy land"! At Aurora, continue on 135 to the right for 2 1/2 miles to Co Rd 138 (Tower-Biwabik Rd). Turn right toward Giant's Ridge. You can ride the chair lifts at Giant's Ridge for panaromic, unrestricted view of the Divide. Continue north on 138 for a total of about 9 miles. Turn right onto Co Rd 21 for about 2 miles. That will bring you back to State Hwy 135 where you will turn left to return to Tower.
The Superior National Forest scenic byway will take you 54-miles from the Iron Range (just south of Lake Vermilion) to the North Shore of Lake Superior. You can spend some time on the Shore and complete the circle by traveling State Hwy 1 through Ely. Driving from Tower to Hoyt Lakes, to Silver Bay and back to Tower through Ely will take around 4 hours. Find more information on the Scenic Byway here: Superior National Forest Scenic Byway
The Discovery Tours follow the Echo Trail route and Vermilion Falls/Gorge routes mentioned under "Echo Trail", but adds interpretative stops. Discovery Tour books can be purchased for $3 at the US Forest Service offices at the LaCroix Ranger Station in Cook and the Kawishiwi Ranger Station in Ely. Some resorts also have them available to purchase or borrow. Click here for more information: Discovery TourThe Edge of the Wilderness Scenic Byway is a 47-mile trip from Grand Rapids to Effie. Total travel time to do a circle route from Cook is about 3 and 1/2 hours. Here is a link to a pdf with information and a map of the Scenic Byway: Edge of the Wilderness Scenic Byway