Lake of the Sunset Glow

Future of Bay View Lodge

The Resort Association has received many inquiries regarding the future of Bay View Lodge.  To help answer the questions, we are reprinting the following article which appeared in one of our local newspapers, “The Timberjay”, this week: “The likelihood of Bay View Lodge reopening as a resort/restaurant is not very good. Jim Ertz, from Dennis Frandsen… Read more »

Christmas Bird Count

On January 2, 55 birders counted birds in the Cook area for a 24 hour period. The count was done by car, walking or watching yards and feeders.  Weather for the day started with a temperature of -33°F.  Here are the numbers: Ruffed Grouse, 12 Spruce Grouse, 2 Bald Eagle, 3 Rock Dove, 130 Northern… Read more »

Snowmobiling at Lake Vermilion – 1000’s of miles of trails!

The following is an excerpt from the Lake Vermilion Sportsmen’s Club newsletter written by Scott Kelling, Tower MNDNR Parks & Trails: “The Lake Vermilion area is the hub of a local land trail network that reaches in all directions. The Tower-based Vermilion Penguins maintain the Iron Ore Trail south of Tower and several links to… Read more »

Happy Holidays!

Hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday season.

Origin of the Mail Boat

In case you don’t already know – Lake Vermilion has a mail boat which runs all summer delivering mail to over 100 residents with water-access properties.  And you can ride along!  You can find more information and a link on our “List of Attactions” page under “Things to See & Do”. A little interesting history – the following is… Read more »

Another wildlife encounter

Once again on the drive to the Resort Association office along County Road 115, I was priviledged to see some wildlife up close.  Not one, but 2 bald eagles were feeding on something  just off the shoulder of the road.  As my car approached, they took flight – a spectacular sight from my vantage point… Read more »

A shared encounter

On the drive between Tower and Cook  this morning on County Road 115, which runs along the south shore of Lake Vermilion, I was stopped by a timber wolf crossing the road.  I was thinking about work and not paying much attention to my surroundings when the truck about a quarter mile in front of me… Read more »

Help protect Lake Vermilion from Invasive Species

The recent news about finding the spiny waterflea in Lake Mille Lacs reminds us how vulnerable our waterways are to the threat of invasive species. Here are links to several resources: News release on spiny waterfleas in Mille Lac Sportsmen’s Club of Lake Vermilion on preventing introduction of invasive species Protect Your Waters website In May… Read more »

Lake Vermilion Loon Count

Each year the Sportsmen’s Club of Lake Vermilion (SCLV) sponsors a loon count on the lake.  This year’s counting is set for Monday, July 15.  The following is an excerpt from the SCLV’s website: Lake Vermilion has always been known for its large population of loons. To lake residents and frequent visitors, the loon has been… Read more »

Does outdoor recreation have a future?

June 6 and 7 was “Take-a-kid fishing” weekend in Minnesota. There is also a “Take-a-kid ice fishing weekend” in February. These are just two of the programs the Minnesota DNR is sponsoring to try to help reverse one of several disturbing trends in outdoor recreation (fishing, hunting, recreational boating, wildlife viewing, etc.). Here are the figures… Read more »

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