Lake Vermilion Area Attractions

Area Attractions & Activities

Tour Soudan Underground Mine One of Minnesota's most amazing state parks. Travel underground ½ mile and ride an ore car to the last active portion of the mine. This is an outstanding tour. Every participant learns something from the experience.

Vince Shute Wildlife Sanctuary. This is the best place to see North American black bears in their natural habitat. A newly expanded viewing deck gives outstanding views of the bears. Biologists are on hand to offer loads of information and answer questions.

State and Superior National forest hiking trails. Numerous well maintained and marked trails are in the area.

Fortune Bay Casino. In addition to the casino, Fortune Bay has the Bois Forte Heritage Museum, which is a very interesting cultural heritage museum highlighting the rich history of the Chippewa.

International Wolf Center. The IWC is located in Ely. It is a great place to view live wolves and learn about their habits.

Sea Plane rides. VanAir offers weekly sight seeing tours from the Pehrson Lodge gas dock. Tours are 20 minutes in length and cover the western and central portion of Lake Vermilion. They also view the expansive wilderness to the north and the BWCA. Special tours can be arranged for sunsets, moose viewing, dinner or whatever you choose!

  • Canoe Trips
  • American Bear Association Bear Sanctuary
  • Biking
  • Black Bay Peninsula Hiking Trail (6 miles boat access only)