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Lake Vermilion State Park

Minnesota's newest state park is under development, and public access and recreation opportunities are currently very limited. The park will eventually be home to unique camping opportunities, including camper cabins, boat-in campsites, traditional camping, and group camping. There will be a wide range of interpretive programs offered throughout the year. Hiking trails and boardwalks will provide fantastic vistas along the lake and to inland areas, and there will be a fun outdoor adventure area designed for people of all ages.

Tell me more about this park's wildlife, history, geology and landscape.

Park Notes

Be fascinated. Check out the naturalist programs and other activities scheduled at the park.

Virtual Tour:

Take a virtual tour. It's a great tool to help you plan your next trip to the park! Panoramic tour | Snapshot tour

Master Plan:

Read the master plan This is a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download it. that will guide development and operations at Minnesota's newest state park.


Learn about the BioBlitz and read survey results.


There are multi-staged geocache which take visitors to some of the more interesting sites on the western side of the park. The beginning coordinates for this geocache are N 47 49.243, W 092 14.192. There is a short and a long version; if you complete the long version it will be approximately six miles round trip.

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Don't move firewood!

Burning non-local firewood can spread invasive species, and it's against Minnesota state law. Learn more. Always buy your firewood at the park, or from an approved local vendor. Find firewood vendors for Lake Vermilion State Park.

Park Highlights

tree Bird Watching

tree Geologic Formations

tree Fishing

tree Wildlife Viewing

tree Interpretive Programs

tree Lake Recreation


Monday - Friday 8 am to 4 pm


1379 Stuntz Bay Road Soudan, MN 55782

tel: 218-753-2245

fax: 218-753-2246

email: soudanmine.statepark@state.mn.us

Getting There

Currently, visitors are directed to Soudan Underground Mine State Park for Lake Vermilion State Park programs.

Take U.S. Highway 169 towards Ely and follow the signs. The park entrance is right off Highway 169 – about 2 miles east of Tower, MN.

NOTE: A main entrance for Lake Vermilion State Park will be coming in the near future.