Lake Vermilion was originally named "Nee-Man-Nee" by the Ojibwe for it's red sunset glow and called Vermilion, the Latin word for red pigment, by French Fur Traders.


Lake Vermilion is known for diverse fishing of walleye, muskellunge, northern pike, smallmouth bass, bluegills, crappies and largemouth bass. Anglers explore Vermilion's numerous islands, bays and 341 miles of shoreline.


A week or weekend stay on Lake Vermilion is beautiful and memorable.

The Boundary Waters Area Wilderness

The north shore of Lake Vermilion touches the Superior National Forest. The north shore is the entry point into the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.


The Boundary Waters is known for its beautiful forest, glacial lakes and streams. Visitors come each year to hike, fish, and canoe this protected wilderness.


If you are up for an adventure like no other, take a canoe trip through the BWCA.