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Lake Vermilion Area Nature, Wildlife and Forests

Lake Vermilion is bordered by the Superior National Forest, the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, and is just a few miles south of Voyageurs National Park.

Enjoy breathtaking sunrises and sunsets over pristine water, view wildlife at work and play, breathe deep of the pure, clean air. Watch for your chance to see the dancing skies when the Northern Lights appear.

For a close look at wolves or bears, you can visit the resident pack at the International Wolf Center and the North American Bear Center in nearby Ely, or watch the volunteer staff feed wild bears in the evenings from the safety of a raised platform at the Vince Shutte Wildlife Sanctuary a few miles to the north. More information can be found on our Attractions page.

While touring the lake, there are several shore lunch sites for you to enjoy. Here is a link to a map and GPS coordinates:  Shore Lunch Sites

For some beautiful photos of Lake Vermilion taken by the Minnesota DNR, click here: Lake Vermilion slide show

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