Lake Vermilion

Making Connections

  • Portage North, 60 rods, to Trout
  • Portage North, 160 rods, to Trout


  • Fisher F-1, West Lake Vermilion, Vermilion, Trout, Lost Lakes; F-2, Bear Head Park, Eagle's Nest, East Vermilion; F-8, Vermilion, Trout Lake, Vermilion River, Bootleg Lake
  • McKenzie No. 15, Trout Lake


Lake Vermilion
Scale 1:85682
Full image approximately 8 miles square


Vermilion is an immense lake of some 40,557 acres at the head of the Vermilion River, just outside the southwestern corner of the BWCAW, 21½ miles south of Crane Lake and 16 miles west of Ely.


Vermilion supports many established campsites.

Planning Considerations

Vermilion is included in Beymer, The Boundary Waters Canoe Area, vol. 1, The Western Region, routes 1, 2, and 3.


Vermilion supports populations of Black Crappie (Pomoxis nigromaculatus), Bluegill (Lepomis macrochirus), Brown Bullhead (Ictalurus nebulosus), Golden Shiner (Notemigonus crysoleucas), Largemouth Bass (Micropterus salmoides), Northern Pike (Esox lucius), Pumpkinseed Sunfish, Rock Bass (Ambloplites rupestris), Smallmouth Bass (Micropterus dolomieui), Tullibee (Cisco) (Coregonus artedi), Walleye (Stizostedion vitreum), White Sucker (Catostomus commersoni), and Yellow Perch (Perca flavescens).

Notes and Comments


Line of Spruce Trees

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Last updated on 11 April, 2004