Activities on Lake Vermilion

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Birding, Wildlife, Hiking and Biking around Lake Vermilion


Cook Hospital …Cook has its own hospital equipped with an ER, imaging and radiology services, labs and Helicopter pad for airlifting patents to the major regional Hospitals.

Cook Hospital website:

Scenic River Health Clinic .. In, addition the hospital has a clinic for appointments and non-emergency walk-ins.

Scenic River Health Services website:

Scenic River Health Services phone: 1-218-666-5941

Dental services: Scenic River Health Services has several dentists available
Scenic River Health Services dental office phone contact: 1-218-666-5958

Emergency medical …Cook has fire department and EMS service equipped with two state of the art ambulances, access to a fire rescue boat and other off road equipment to service medical emergencies. The coverage from Cook EMS and Fire includes the resort activated via 911.

Pharmacy…Frank’s Pharmacy in Cook
Frank’s Pharmacy address: 1 W Vermilion Dr, Cook, MN 55723
Frank’s Pharmacy phone: 1-218-666-5325


In Cook is ‘Zups’ foods. This grocery store is a full service groceries store with fresh produce, meals and dairy.
Zups Foods website:
Zups Foods contact: 1-218-666- 0205

Other options for groceries due to fire closing Zup's in Cook:
SUPER ONE FOODS in Virginia, MN, 49 miles from Vermilion Dam Lodge. Open 6AM to Midnight daily
1111 17th Street South, Virginia , MN 55792 (on HWY 53 en route to VDL)
Super One Foods contact number: 1-218 741-7202

WALMART SUPER CENTER in Mt. Iron, MN, 49.5 miles from VDL. Open 6AM to Midnight daily.
8580 Rock Ridge Dr,  Mt. Iron, MN 55768 (on HWY 169, 1.5mi West of HWY 53)
Walmart contact number: 1-218-305-3314

ALDI FOODS in Virginia, MN, 49 miles from VDL. Open 9AM to 8PM daily
1414 S 12th Ave W Ste C, Virginia, MN 55792

TARGET in Virginia, MN, 49.2 miles from VDL. Open 7AM to 10PM daily
1001 13th St S, Virginia, MN 55792 


There are several options for dinning in the Cook area and a reasonable driving distance from the resort. We recommend using the interactive Map for the Best up-to date options on dinning in our area.

Interactive map on dinning link:

Local Churches

Churches near the resort in the town of Cook ( 20 miles away) We recommend visiting the websites or call the churches for current Mass times.

First Baptist Church
210 1st Ave NE, Cook · (218) 666-5979

Covenant Church
11 2nd Ave SE, Cook · (218) 666-2266

St. Mary's Catholic Church
515 1st Ave SE, Cook · (218) 666-5334

Trinity Lutheran Church
709 E Vermilion Blvd, Cook · (218) 666-5394

Things to do for families in the area

View this interactive map with locations of some fun thing to see and do in the area:

Video of local area attractions

Tower Train & Depot Museum
This center includes a museum in the historic train depot, a steam locomotive, a railway passenger car, caboose, and a two-room homesteaders log cabin. The Depot, built in 1915, has been kept in near original condition. It houses a museum with hundreds of artifacts and photos. Also on-site is a monument to President McKinley, picnic area, restrooms, and visitor information center. Open daily, Memorial Day - Labor Day, 9 AM - 5 PM No admission, donations accepted Operated by the Tower-Soudan Historical Society 404 Pine Street, Tower 218-753-5021

Soudan Underground Mine State Park
Take a 2,400 ft deep ride underground to a waiting rail car tour; explore hiking trails, an engine house, drill shop, and other displays above ground; or even catch a glimpse of wildlife native to this 1,300 acre park. For the mine tour, visitors don hard hats and enter a "cage" for the descent into the mine. The 1 1/2 hour mine tour will take you half a mile down into the earth. Once underground you will be treated to a 3/4 mile trail ride to the last and deepest area mined. The mine is 51 degrees F year-around, so remember to bring a warm jacket or sweater and sturdy shoes. Also home to a high-energy physics lab, where tours are offered. The Soudan Underground Laboratory is the leading deep underground science and engineering laboratory in the United States today. Scientists from around the world have been working at Soudan for 25 years trying to answer basic questions about the Universe in which we live: Is matter completely stable? What is the nature of the fundamental forces? Can we identify the Dark Matter that seems to permeate our Universe? Tours meet at the visitors center. Open daily, Memorial weekend through Labor Day, with tours hourly from 10 AM - 4 PM. Limited hours after Labor Day (see website). No state park sticker required. Ages 13 - adult, $12 Ages 5-12, $7 Children 5 and under, Free 1302 McKinley Park Rd, Soudan 218-753-2245

Ely - International Wolf Center
Come for a day, or stay for a week! You can tour the award winning "Wolves and Humans" exhibit, browse through the "Wolf Den" gift shop, and of course observe our five resident wolves in action. Ask about our educational studies and adventure vacations. 5 "wolf watch" cams are available on their website. Open year round. See the website for current hours and daily program schedule. Adults, $8.50 Seniors, $7.50 Children 3-12, $4.50 Children under 3 and Members, Free Group discount also available 1396 Hwy 169, Ely 218-365-4695

Orr Bog walk
The Orr Bog Walk's half-mile long boardwalk surface provides nature enthusiasts of all ages and abilities with easy access to a wide variety of wetland types -- including spruce bog, ash swamp, cattail marsh, and tamarack swamp. In the bog, look for the carnivorous pitcher plant. In the ash swamp, look for purple fringed orchids in July. Along the Pelican River, be on the lookout for otters, muskrats, eagles, osprey, pelicans, and a wide assortment of other wildlife. Open daily, year 'round Hwy 53, Orr (behind Visitor's Center) (218)757-3932

Chisholm - Minnesota Discovery Center
Minnesota Discovery Center is the state's largest museum complex outside of the Twin Cities metro area. The museum is a 33,000-square-foot facility that houses artifacts, examines mining methods, explores regional geology, and hosts traveling exhibits that help illuminate the spirit and sensibilities of Iron Range pioneers and their descendants. Also on site: a trolley, mini-golf, groomed walking trails, heritage park, Civilian Conservation Corps history center, and much more. Summer: Tuesday - Saturday, 10 AM - 7 PM and Sun, 1-5 PM Winter: Tues, Wed, Fri, Sat 10 AM - 5 PM; Thurs 10 AM - 9 PM Adults, $5 Students 3-17, $3 Children under 2, Free 1005 Discovery Drive, Chisholm, MN 55719

Fortune Bay Casino
Owned and operated by the Bois Forte Band of Chippewa, Fortune Bay offers 2 floors of gaming excitement, as well as blackjack and other table games. Concerts and/or special events monthly. Gaming casino open 24 hours,7 days a week. (A short drive from all Lake Vermilion resorts.) 1430 Bois Forte Rd Tower 800-992-PLAY

Cook's Country Connection
Petting farm, seminars and events, and gift shop set on an historic farm site just outside of Cook, MN. Open 10 AM - 4 PM, Thursday-Saturday, May-October Admission is $6 +tax/person, under 2 free

Orr - Vince Shute Bear Sanctuary
Thousands of visitors come to the VSWS every year to see the black bears that inhabit the area and learn about and view their behavior, habitat and life cycles. Around 80+ black bears visit the sanctuary each season, including large boars, sows with cubs, yearlings and sub-adults. From the bear viewing deck visitors can observe bears feeding, playing and interacting in the surrounding meadow and woods. Courtesy buses run every 15-20 minutes from the parking lot to the viewing platform and visitors will receive a short talk on the history of the sanctuary and the bears. On the viewing deck, visitors will be free to walk around and view the bears and other wildlife and take photographs. There will be volunteers on deck to answer any questions you may have about the bears. Also throughout the evening there will be talks about the bears and the sanctuary from experienced naturalists. Open Saturday, May 25 through Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013 (closed Memorial Day) Tuesday - Saturday, 5 - 8 PM Adults, $8; 6-17, $4; 5 and under, Free County Rd 514, Orr

Golf in the area

There are good variety of gold courses in the area from 9 hole to 18 hole Championship quality courses. The interactive map will allow you to view the locations of the courses near the resort: