Bald eagle flying

Come North to Nature

The Outdoors

Get outside and experience the beauty of the outdoors in northern Minnesota. Pehrson Lodge offers great opportunities to explore the wilderness. Try berry picking, hiking and more. Enjoy the outdoors both on and off resort grounds. The fresh, clean waters of Lake Vermilion and forests of the region are home to many unique animals and plants. 

Man sitting in blueberry field

Berry Picking

There are many wild berry picking opportunities near Pehrson Lodge during the summer season. Fresh Minnesota berries with breakfast or as an ice cream topping are a real treat. With a little effort, there might be enough to take home and preserve or make a pie. 

Here are a few examples of berries and suggested picking dates:

Strawberries: Mid June to early July

Blueberries: Mid July to mid August

Raspberries: Mid July to mid August

Interested in berry picking? Please stop by the office and we will point you to a secret spot. 

Family roasts marshmallows outdoors at a cookout on Lake Vermilion


A fun way to enjoy the outdoors is to pack up some hotdogs, burgers and picnic food and enjoy a meal at a lakeside picnic area. Gather your group and take a boat ride to a site on the lake. Work together to build a fire in the fire pit. Enjoy a Lake Vermilion sunset while you roast your meal then have a s'more. 

We recommend the Black Bay Peninsula site for your cookout. This lake-access-only site offers a dock for easy boat parking. This site has a campfire ring with a grate and a picnic table. It also has a hiking trail to explore while you're there. Learn more on our Hiking Trails page. 

If you would like to take your group to enjoy a cookout at Black Bay, please stop by the Main Office and we will point out the site on a map and help you plan your trip. We recommend you bring some firewood to ensure you have enough for the evening. If you are not bringing a boat, we would be happy to set you up with one of our rental boats for the day/evening. 

Wolf stands at the water's edge


When you visit Pehrson Lodge, you will have the opportunity to view a wide range of wildlife. From our forest, bursting with life, to the vast range of species that inhabit Lake Vermilion, you will be able to check many species off your list. 

Eagles to otters, if you would like to see a certain animal, please stop by the office and we will try to point you in the right direction. 

Common Yellow Throat perched on a branch

Minnesota Birding

Plan your Minnesota birding vacation in our Northern Minnesota wilderness. Situated in the transition zone between the northern temperate forest and the boreal forest, our Superior National Forest location hosts the greatest diversity of breeding birds of any national forest. 

Additionally, Lake Vermilion is home to 25 pairs of breeding osprey and more than a dozen pairs of breeding bald eagles, the largest concentration in the forest. Also, the Sportsmen's Club on the lake counted 256 loons in a recent survey. Bob Jansen, author of "Birds of Minnesota" and Jim Williams, editor of "Minnesota Birding" identified 92 species of birds in one brief spring visit before many of the summer species had even arrived!

Here's a list of all birds sighted at Pehrson Lodge or on local field trips. Our national forest location is also home to many of North America's most exciting mammal species. Search for wolves, deer, moose, bear, otter, beaver, mink, fisher and other wildlife.

  • Common Loon
  • Pied-billed Grebe
  • Horned Grebe
  • Red-necked Grebe
  • American White Pelican
  • Double-crested Cormorant
  • American Bitters
  • Great Blue Heron
  • Green Heron
  • Turkey Vulture
  • Snow Goose
  • Ross's Goose
  • Canada Goose
  • Trumpeter Swan
  • Wood Duck
  • Gadwall
  • American Widgeon
  • American Black Duck
  • Mallard
  • Blue-winged Teal
  • Green-winged Teal
  • Canvasback
  • Ring-necked Duck
  • Greater Scaup
  • Lesser Scaup
  • Surf Scoter
  • Black Scoter
  • Bufflehead
  • Common Goldeneye
  • Hooded Merganser
  • Common Merganser
  • Red-breasted Merganser
  • Osprey
  • Bald Eagle
  • Northern Harrier
  • Sharp-shinned Hawk
  • Northern Goshawk
  • Broad-winged Hawk
  • Red-tailed Hawk
  • American Kestrel
  • Merlin
  • Peregrine Falcon
  • Ruffed Grouse
  • Spruce Grouse
  • Sharp-tailed Grouse
  • American Coot
  • American Golden-plover
  • Killdeer
  • Greater Yellowlegs
  • Spotted Sandpiper
  • Common Snipe
  • American Woodcock
  • Bonaparte’s Gull
  • Ring-billed Gull
  • Herring Gull
  • Caspian Tern
  • Rock Dove
  • Mourning Dove
  • Black-billed Cuckoo
  • Great Horned Owl
  • Great Gray Owl
  • Boreal Owl
  • Northern Saw-whet Owl
  • Common Nighthawk
  • Chimney Swift
  • Ruby-throated Hummingbird
  • Belted Kingfisher
  • Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
  • Downy-Woodpecker
  • Hairy Woodpecker
  • Black-backed Woodpecker
  • Northern Flicker
  • Pileated Woodpecker
  • Least flycatcher
  • Eastern Phoebe
  • Eastern Kingbird
  • Warbling Vireo
  • Red-eyed Vireo
  • Gray Jay
  • Blue Jay
  • American Crow
  • Common Raven
  • Tree Swallow
  • Northern Rough-winged Swallow
  • Bank Swallow
  • Cliff Swallow
  • Barn Swallow
  • Black-capped Chickadee
  • Red-breasted Nuthatch
  • White-breasted Nuthatch
  • Brown Creeper
  • House Wren
  • Winter Wren
  • Sedge Wren
  • Ruby-crowned Kinglet
  • Eastern Bluebird
  • Veery
  • Swainson’s Thrush
  • Hermit Thrush
  • American Robin
  • Gray Catbird
  • Brown Thrasher
  • European Starling
  • Cedar Waxwing
  • Tennessee Warbler
  • Nashville Warbler
  • Northern Parula
  • Yellow Warbler
  • Chestnut-sided Warbler
  • Magnolia Warbler
  • Cape May Warbler
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler
  • Black-throated Green Warbler
  • Blackburnian Warbler
  • Palm Warbler
  • Blackpoll Warbler
  • Black-and-white Warbler
  • American Redstart
  • Ovenbird
  • Northern Waterthrush
  • Connecticut Warbler
  • Mourning Warbler
  • Common Yellowthroat
  • Wilson’s Warbler
  • Scarlet Tananger
  • Chipping Sparrow
  • Clay-colored Sparrow
  • Savannah Sparrow
  • LeConte’s Sparrow
  • Song Sparrow
  • Lincoln’s Sparrow
  • Swamp Sparrow
  • White-throated Sparrow
  • Dark-eyed Junco
  • Chestnut-collared Longspur
  • Rose-breasted Grosbeak
  • Bobolink
  • Red-winged Blackbird
  • Eastern Meadowlark
  • Western Meadowlark
  • Yellow-headed Blackbird
  • Brewer’s Blackbird
  • Common Grackle
  • Brown-headed Cowbird
  • Baltimore Oriole
  • Pine Grosbeak
  • Purple Finch
  • Red Crossbill
  • White-winged Crossbill
  • Common Redpole
  • Pine Siskin
  • American Goldfinch
  • Evening Grosbeak
  • House Sparrow