Lake Vermilion is about as close to the Boundary Waters as you can get without actually going there. (And if you do want to go into the Boundary Waters, access is available via nearby Trout Lake.)
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
• Happy Hour
• Investigating a Little Piece of Paradise
• Ely Blueberry Festival
• Just One of the Local Eagles
• Taking a Spin on the Lake
• Waiting for the Storm
Planning a Lake Vermilion Vacation