Like the Boundary Waters, Lake Vermilion is characterized by clean water, exposed bedrock, boreal forests, and northern wildlife. Unlike the wilderness area to the north, the lake is easily accessed via road, with public docks, comfortable resorts and cabins, and a few restaurants.
While not a true wilderness experience, Lake Vermilion gives visitors a taste of the northern wilderness.
July 2012 Travel Journal
Our Limo Arrives
We are spending a long weekend on Lake Vermilion in northern Minnesota, staying with friends whose home can only be reached via the water.
This seems like a good way to start a visit.
Investigating a Little Piece of Paradise
We are staying on a part of Lake Vermilion that is not accessible by land. It isn’t an island, but it feels a lot like one.
There is a lot of variety in this small area. Everything one needs, really, for a true north woods experience.
Just one of the local eagles
On the way home we get to greet one of the local eagles again.
This seems like a sign that it is a good neighborhood!
Waiting for the Storm
The weather on Lake Vermilion is changeable – what starts out as a lovely day can turn stormy far more quickly than one ordinarily would guess.
As the day comes to an end, the sky above the bay on one side of us is still and quiet, as if settling in for a peaceful night.
However, the news indicates there are storms nearby and the sky in that direction looks as if it is considering delivering some nasty weather later this evening.
The rain begins around midnight.
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