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Where in Minnesota is Lake Vermilion?

How to Find Us

By Car

Lake Vermilion is an easy drive from Minneapolis/St. Paul to the south or from Eau Claire to the southeast.

From the Twin Cities, take I-35 north to the Hwy 33 exit at Cloquet. Hwy 33 is a 4 lane road which connects with US 53 (also 4 lanes) about 20 miles to the north.

From Chicago or points east, at Eau Claire, WI turn north on US 53, which remains 4 lanes, all the way to Virginia, MN.

4 miles north of Virginia, you can make the choice to continue on US 53 north, which remains 4 lanes, to Cook and the west end of the lake, or turn right onto MN 169 to Tower and the east end of the lake.

Mileage/times (taken from Mapquest):

  • Mpls./St. Paul - 210 miles, 3.5 hrs
  • Eau Claire - 250 miles, 5 hrs
  • Fargo - 250 miles, 6 hrs
  • Des Moines - 500 miles, 8 hrs
  • Chicago - 600 miles, 10 hrs
  • Kansas City - 670 miles, 10.5 hrs
  • Cleveland - 970 miles, 15 hrs

By Air

The closest commercial airports are in Hibbing and Duluth. Cook, Orr and Tower all have airports for private planes, and there is a seaplane base on Pike Bay, next to the Tower Airport.

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