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Vermillion Campground recommendations

  • crappie55369
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    Mound, MN
    Posts: 4842
    #2041352

    ive never fished Vermillion but its on my bucket list. i was reading through the rookie thread and got some good feedback there but i didn’t want to hi jack that thread with this question. Im cheap and not the resort type. What are some recommended campgrounds where you can bring a boat and pitch a tent around Vermillion. Im thinking the east side.

    Eventually i would like to explore some of the less populated areas of Vermillion but to start out i suppose ill go to the east side. That seems to be where most guys go and where the most information on the lake can be found.

    Thanks

    crappie55369
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    Mound, MN
    Posts: 4842
    #2041366

    just booked a campsite at Lake Vermilion-Soudan Underground Mine State Park for 4 days. earliest i could get for that long was September 15th-19th. No idea how fishing is during that time but i have lots of time to research. Looks like there is no cancellation fee if i change plans 14+ days in advance. I just wanted to get something in the books. Excited to fish Vermilion for the first time!

    BigWerm
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    SW Metro
    Posts: 7030
    #2041368

    Nice, I’ve been wanting to check out the new park. Last time I was there we camped on Hinsdale Island which was cool, but not the best spots for parking the boat overnight as it’s all rocks.

    bzzsaw
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    Hudson, Wi
    Posts: 3162
    #2041375

    Great news. Not sure what you plan to fish for. I got this one last Aug about 3/4 of a mile from this park.

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    Bearcat89
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    North branch, mn
    Posts: 10587
    #2041388

    I fish the area around the state park 90 percent of the time. I wandered off the path 2 times last year and did the west side. Ill be sticking to the east.
    There are tons of free camp sites up there. The state park is beautiful but when we drove through they really packed people in there.
    Tons of fun things to do in the area as well

    All of the state forest is free camping. Just boat right in. No paying any one. And you would be surprised how nice of spots others have created

    bowhunter84
    Participant
    Posts: 17
    #2041394

    I’ll be at the state park in early July for the first time on the lake. Can report back on what we find

    DaveB
    Participant
    Eagan MN
    Posts: 4130
    #2041417

    They are first come first serve, but there are free campsites on several islands and the Superior National Forest shoreline on the north side.

    crappie55369
    Participant
    Mound, MN
    Posts: 4842
    #2041432

    All of the state forest is free camping. Just boat right in. No paying any one. And you would be surprised how nice of spots others have created

    They are first come first serve, but there are free campsites on several islands and the Superior National Forest shoreline on the north side.

    Thanks guys. What do you tie up your boat with typically? just a rope to a tree?

    assuming they don’t have docks or sandy beaches everywhere do you bring tires with or anything to prevent your boat slamming against the rocks at night?

    Eelpoutguy
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    Farmington, Outing
    Posts: 7837
    #2041434

    Crappie, if you have time take the tour through the Soudan mine.

    slowpoke
    Participant
    Perham Mn
    Posts: 202
    #2041435

    We stay at the casino on the SE side of the lake. No frills but elec. And you can use the pool- shower facilities because you are considered a guest. Plus they have their own boat ramps right there.

    slowpoke
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    Perham Mn
    Posts: 202
    #2041436

    Sorry I didn’t clarify but we stay at the campgrounds at the casino.

    Bearcat89
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    North branch, mn
    Posts: 10587
    #2041466

    I find soft bottom area and beach my boat. Thats also why I don’t camp on islands out there. Never a good place to tie off to.
    It’s a beautiful lake and area.
    Like epg said the soudan mine tour is really cool and good family time. Benchwarmers has decent food and a ice cream shop, the old Town Cafe has good cheap breakfast. If your at the state park all of that is close by

    crappie55369
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    Mound, MN
    Posts: 4842
    #2041475

    I find soft bottom area and beach my boat. Thats also why I don’t camp on islands out there. Never a good place to tie off to.
    It’s a beautiful lake and area.
    Like epg said the soudan mine tour is really cool and good family time. Benchwarmers has decent food and a ice cream shop, the old Town Cafe has good cheap breakfast. If your at the state park all of that is close by

    Thanks Ron! And thanks EPG I’ll try to make some time for that. Judging by the 20 or so fishing reports I’ve read today sounds like fishing can be very hit or miss so I may have some time 🙂

    Bearcat89
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    North branch, mn
    Posts: 10587
    #2041525

    <div class=”d4p-bbt-quote-title”>Bearcat89 wrote:</div>
    I find soft bottom area and beach my boat. Thats also why I don’t camp on islands out there. Never a good place to tie off to.
    It’s a beautiful lake and area.
    Like epg said the soudan mine tour is really cool and good family time. Benchwarmers has decent food and a ice cream shop, the old Town Cafe has good cheap breakfast. If your at the state park all of that is close by

    Thanks Ron! And thanks EPG I’ll try to make some time for that. Judging by the 20 or so fishing reports I’ve read today sounds like fishing can be very hit or miss so I may have some time 🙂

    The lake is always hit or miss. If you find fish in the same area for more then 3 days it’s like winning on a scratch off. It can happen but I notice they roam and roam out there. Smallie fishing is always great and big pike and musky are bonus

    chappy
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    Hastings, MN
    Posts: 4796
    #2055394

    We will also be up there on the 13th-17th.Staying at Forest Lane resort. Looking forward to it. Been a while since I’ve been up there..

    rjthehunter
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    Brainerd
    Posts: 1103
    #2055449

    My buddy is guiding up there this year. Fishing has been amazing! Hoping to make a trip in Sept also

    Erik Swenson
    Participant
    Posts: 211
    #2056067

    Bringing this one back…

    Staying at the state park last week of Sept. May do guide one day to shorten the learning curve. Any recommendations?

    Hope we can have campfires by then. Still stoked!

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