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Lake Vermilion Resort & Tourism Association

P.O. Box 159
Cook, MN 55723
(218) 666-5850
Lake Vermilion Resort & Tourism Association


A wilderness experience with all the comforts of a Minnesota resort vacation

Resorts - Cabins - Hotels - Campgrounds - Houseboats

A Lake Vermilion vacation means...

  • Some of Minnesota's best FISHING
  • Family vacation fun
  • Romance
  • Championship GOLF
  • Non-stop casino gaming
  • A great place to getaway and relax
Discover why Lake Vermilion has been a favorite desination for fishermen and family vacations for more than 100 years!

Where in Minnesota is Lake Vermilion?

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 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 and Tower both have airports for private planes, and there is a seaplane base on Pike Bay, next to the Tower Airport.

Fishing on Minnesota's Lake Vermilion

Walleye, Musky, Northern, Bass Fishing and more

Minnesota's Premier Canadian Shield Lake

Try out the "Big V" for a fishing experience you will talk about for years!

Lake Vermilion fishing offers something for everyone, from the pro to the first time fisherman. Visit our website for fishing reports, seasons and limits, license information, and to order a free fishing map


Lake Vermilion Resorts, Cabins, Hotels, Campgrounds and Houseboats

Minnesota's Lake Vermilion offers some of the finest resort lodging in northern Minnesota. There are 39 lodging properties to choose from with lakeside accommodations from basic to luxurious.


There is an OHV Park near Lake Vermilion, and also many trails open to ATVs.

Iron Range Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Area

Minnesota's first designated state recreation area for off-highway vehicles (OHV) and all-terrain vehicles (ATV) is located near Gilbert, about 1/2 hour from Lake Vermilion.

Open to OHVs, ATVs, 4x4 Jeeps and trucks.

This 1200 acre site features recreation trails, scramble areas, hill climbs, obstacle and challenge courses, as well as facilities for training and competitive events.


Minnesota Snowmobiling on Lake Vermilion

The Lake Vermilion area offers easy access to more than 1,000 miles of interconnected groomed Minnesota snowmobile trails.

Since Lake Vermilion is located at the junction of the Arrowhead and Taconite trail systems, you can literally sled for days without seeing the same stretch twice. Trails are well-marked and detailed maps are available. The lake is staked with maps located at entry points.

Bring the family or make it an adults-only getaway, you won't forget the trip!

PLEASE NOTE: Rates subject to change without notice.
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