Man and woman kayaking on Lake Vermilion at sunset

Embrace the Lake LifeEnjoy Lake Vermilion's Refreshing Waters

Lake Activities

Pack your swimsuits! Pehrson Lodge offers many lake activities. Experience the "Minnesota Lake Life" by splashing in the fresh, clean water, going for a boat ride and more.

Girls build a sandcastle at the water's edge

The Beach

Pehrson Lodge is fortunate to have a beautiful natural sand beach – one of a handful on Lake Vermilion. During summer months, the beach is a focal point of resort life. Families gather to swim in Vermilion’s refreshing waters and take the plunge on our giant inflatable slide, build sandcastles, splash around on shallow inflatable toys, play volleyball, enjoy a campfire or play on the play structure.

Along with our popular inflatable slides, we also have a Key Log Roller. This is a fun challenge; see how long you can stay dry walking on the log roll, or challenge a friend to a roll-off!

Looking to stay dry? Learn about our on-land activities here.

Children playing on the beach at Pehrson Lodge



Resort guests are encouraged to enjoy our many non-motorized watercraft to explore our waterfront. Stand-up paddleboards, sea kayaks, Hydro Bikes, canoes, paddle boats, and sail boats are available daily. If you’re interested in these activities but are unsure of how to begin, Pehrson Lodge’s knowledgeable waterfront staff are happy to provide instruction. Learn more about our sailing opportunities here

Sunday is waterskiing day!* Whether you’re an experienced slalom master or a waterskiing beginner,  you’re welcome to join us for our weekly waterskiing day behind our Malibu Competition Ski Boat. We tow all experienced skiers first, followed by lessons for beginners. The only prerequisites for beginners are strong swimming ability, confidence in the water and large enough feet to fit in the ski bindings.

*May be affected by Covid-19

Young boy smiling as he learns how to water ski

All Guests Enjoy Free Use Of:

  • Sunday waterskiing with instruction (May be affected by Covid-19)

  • Waterskis, tubes and the necessary ropes and bridals for your use

  • Non-motorized craft: Stand-up paddleboards, kayaks, canoes, paddle boats, Hydro Bikes

  • Sailboats (Small boats only during Covid-19)

  • Inflatable slide and other beach toys

  • Concrete boat ramp

  • Dock space with electric access for your personal boat

"The perfect place to relax and enjoy the lake! The staff at the lodge are extremely friendly! The lodge has many sailboats and motorboats to take out and explore the lake. There is also a fun beach that the kids would play on for hours! Everything is walkable on the property. The perfect place to unplug and escape the 100 degree weather back home."


"Love, love, love Pehrson Lodge!! Great place to vacation and relax on beautiful Lake Vermilion! You can sail, fish, ski, paddle board, kayak, or just relax in their beautiful cabins, swing by the water, roast marshmallows by the fire, the possibilities are endless!"