Lake Vermilion


Lake Vermilion is 40,000 acres and has 365 islands.  It has the most shoreline of any lake in Minnesota. There are 6 backcountry campsites and 8 day use only sites located in various locations on the lake. Day use sites are maintained by the Sportsmen’s Club of Lake Vermilion in cooperation with the U.S. Forest Service. Campsites are maintained by the U.S. Forest Service.

Downloadable information and map.


At a Glance

Permit Info: Permits are required year-round when entering the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, including Trout Lake north of Lake Vermilion.
Closest Towns: Orr, MN
Water: Boil or filter your water
Information Center: LaCroix Ranger District, 218-666-0020 

General Information

General Notes:

Each day use site also has a dock, picnic table and firegrate.


Overnight parking is available at Mocassin Point and Black Duck Bay (both are MN DNR parking lots). Parking also available at several other locations. 

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Camping & Cabins

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Dispersed Camping


There are 7 backcountry campsites and 6 day use sites on Lake Vermilion. 

Please use facilities provided such as fire rings, tent pads, and latrines. Pack out garbage.

Fees: None required.
Reservation info: First-come, first-served. 


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Water Activities

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