Lake Vermilion Area Guide, Cook & Tower
The many faces of Lake Vermilion
I love Lake Vermilion. I was fortunate to have lived there and raised my children there. Now, like most people, I’m a happy visitor.
The beauty of Lake Vermilion is that it can be most things to most people. I lived it in all seasons from the busy summer holidays to the thermometer shattering 60 below temps of 1996. I’ve traversed the lake in a canoe, paddle-boat, fishing boat, sail boat, houseboat, and a truck. I’ve skimmed its surface on a jet ski, snowmobile, ice skates, and on water- and crosscountry skis. I’ve plunged into it naked from docks, the bows of boats and rock ledges. I’ve slept there in tents, cabins, homes and hotels.
I experienced solitude and wilderness, and busy socializing with friends and neighbors. If I tired of one thing, I could find the other – that is the wonder that is Vermilion.
It is vast enough to contain something for everyone – those looking for peace and quiet, and those looking for restaurants, golf, music and slot machines.
When we lived on Lake Vermilion, we would sometimes have house guests every weekend from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend. It was hectic sometimes, but we loved sharing our lake with friends and family. Different guests liked to do different things, and we were always able to oblige them.
My favorite time was post-Labor Day. Seasonal visitors were gone, even most of the cabin owners. Only a few people lived on our road year-round. No more cars. No more dust. It was time to take a deep breath and enjoy glorious fall colors, walks with the kids and the dogs, hot saunas and heart-stopping dives into the rapidly-cooling lake water. Soon our world would be transformed by winter, when moonlight would reflect off the lake’s frozen surface and the aurora borealis would pulse in the sky.
About a month ago my oldest daughter asked me, “Mom, do you remember when I was little and you would wake me up in the middle of the night to go sit with you on the end of the dock and watch the fish jump?” Aw, sweet. Yes, I remember, I said. And we were quiet, thinking about all the things we did like that, and there were many, many of them.
You don’t have to live on Lake Vermilion for it to become a special place in your heart. There it is, just sitting there, all 40,000+ acres of it, waiting for you to befriend it. There are public landings, primitive campsites, campgrounds, swimming beaches, hiking trails, and day use/picnic sites. Put some gas in the car, pack a picnic lunch, beg or borrow a canoe, grab a fishing pole, and go have some fun.
Hope to see you there!
Lake Vermilion Ice Out 2010:
A Record-Shattering April 6!
|1945||April 23||May 1||1933|
|1910||April 24||1983||May 7|
|1939||April 25||1935||May 8|
|April 15||1991||1924||May 10|
|April 16||1980||May 2||1956|
|1976||April 26||1971||May 11|
|1941||1949||May 3||May 12|
|2006||April 27||1970||May 13|
|April 19||April 28||1964||1979|
|April 20||April 29||1989||1966|
|1973||1948||May 5||May 17|
|2000||April 30||1962||May 20|
|April 21||1988||1961||May 21|
|April 22||1943||May 6||May 23|
Lake Vermilion Ice-Out dates courtesy of www.lakevermilion.com.
Lake Vermilion Area Resource Guide
Tower Area Upcoming Events
MAY 21 Farmers’ Market, May 21 - Oct. 22, 4-6 p.m., Tower Depot, www.cityoftower.com
Get your shopping bags ready. The Tower Farmers Market will open for business on Fridays beginning May 21. The early spring has meant area gardeners have a jumpstart on the growing season, and market vendors are expecting to have early spring vegetables and greens, as well as baked goods, jams and jellies, maple syrup, locally-produced meat, and craft items for sale on opening day.
The market is located in the parking lot of the Tower Depot/Civic Center, and runs from 4-6 p.m. every Friday. Shop early for the best selection.
The market had 18 vendors last year along with several business sponsors and was able to generate enough income to just cover the expenses, which include the city permit fee, insurance and signs and minimal advertising costs.
The Tower Farmers Market now has a Facebook page. Vendors will be able to post weekly updates of what they will be bringing to market each week.
MAY 24: Bay View Lodge reopens! 753-2500
JUNE 5-6: Lake Vermilion Harbor Festival (Christina Hujanen, organizer, 780-4645)
JUNE 23: Let’s Take A Kid Fishing (1st Annual), www.lakevermilion.com/kids/, 753-2340 for info!
JULY 2: Riverfest (Christina Hujanen, organizer, 780-4645)
JULY 4: 4th of July Parade and Celebration
JULY 23-25: Depot Days, www.towersoudan.com, 753-2301 TOWER AREA INFO
Lake Vermilion Resort Association, www.lakevermilionresorts.com, 800- 648-5897
Fortune Bay Resort & Casino, www.fortunebay.com, 800-555-1714
Wilderness Golf Course, www.golfthewilderness.com, 800-992-4680
Bois Forte Heritage Center and Cultural Museum, www.boisforte.com, 753-6017
Lake Vermilion Guides League, www.lakevermilionguidesleague.com
Sportsmen’s Club of Lake Vermilion, www.sportsmensclublakevermilion.org
Tower-Soudan Historical Society, www.towersoudan.com, 753-2301
Greenwood Township, www.greenwoodtownshipmn.com
Lake Vermilion Info, www.LakeVermilion.com
Lake Vermilion Chamber of Commerce, www.lakevermilioncommerce.com
Tower Harbor Project, www.cityoftower.com/harbornewsroom. html
Trout Lake Portage BWCA - Permits can be reserved and picked up at the La Croix Ranger Station on US Highway 53 in Cook, or at Fortune Bay Resort just off County Road 77 outside of Tower. www.fs.fed.us/r9/forests/superior/bwcaw/
Lake Vermilion Day Use/Picnic Sites/, for a map, see www.sportsmensclublakevermilion. org
Hoodoo Point Campground, www.hoodoopoint.com, 753-6868
Pike River Hatchery, www.state.mn.us, 753-5692
Cook Area Upcoming Events
JUNE 5: Lake Vermilion Fire Brigade Fundraiser
The Lake Vermilion Fire Brigade will hold a Family Picnic and Fundraiser and First Annual Meeting on June 5 beginning from 2-5 p.m. at the Crescent Bar & Grill.
Outdoor and indoor games, raffle ticket sales, and a silent auction will be held. The Old Fashioned Picnic begins at 4:30 p.m.
Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children in advance; $20 for adults and $12 for children at the door. Please R.S.V.P. by sending your check for the total amount no later than June 1 to: LVFB, PO Box 490, Cook, MN 55723. Any questions, call Jeff Stebbins (218) 666-5556 or (952) 292-7331. Website: www.lakevermilionfirebrigade.com.
JUNE 11-13: Cook Timber Days
The Cook Area Chamber of Commerce and the people of Cook invite you to join them in celebrating Cook’s new, “old” celebration ...Timber Days.
Timber Days recognizes the impact the timber industry has on Cook and the surrounding area. The festival includes logging history and educational displays. It will demonstrate the use of forest products, forest resources and various forest-based art forms. There will also be performing artists such as musicians and the giant parade on Sunday, along with many other activities throughout the weekend.
For more info, contact the Cook Chamber of Commerce at 218-666- 6093. Website:www.cookminnesota. com.
COOK AREA INFO
Lake Vermilion Fire Brigade, www.lakevermilionfirebrigade.com
Cook, MN Info, www.cookmn.com
City of Cook, www.cookmn.us, 666-2200
Cook Chamber of Commerce, www.cookminnesota.com, 666-6093
Vince Shute Wildlife Sanctuary, www.americanbear.org, 757-0172
Orr Bog Walk, Vermilion Falls, Vermilion Gorge,
Orr-Pelican Lake Association, www.orrpelicanlake.com
Comet Theater, www.comettheater.com
Wolf Ridge Golf, www.wolfridgegolf.com, 666-0218