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Meal Plans

If you don’t want to cook on your vacation, we offer delicious home-cooked meal plans, with breakfast and dinner served in the lodge dining room. Meal plans require at least four people and must be requested before arriving.

Prices contingent on group sizes. Please call or email for a quote. (minimum four people per meal plan).

Build Your Own Package

If you’d like to plan a vacation with a variety of amenities, we can build a package with any combination of the following options:

  • Choice of cabin
  • Choice of rental boats
  • Home-cooked meals served in the lodge
  • Golf at local courses
  • One-day guided pontoon trips around the lake
  • Full- or half-day professional fishing guide trips
  • One-day portage trip into the BWCA’s Trout Lake


Several local pros are available. These guides operate as independents and provide their own boats, motors, bait and equipment. Guide contacts are available upon request. Advanced reservations are recommended.

Lake Vermilion Guide League

Prices contingent on number of people and options selected. Please call or e-mail for a price quote.

Trout Lake Adventure

Trout Lake Portage

Trout Lake Portage

  • Experience a day trip into nearby remote Trout Lake.
  • Trout Lake is a wilderness lake located on the north end of Lake Vermilion accessible via a motorized portage.
  • Trout Lake has walleye, lake trout and loaded with smallmouth bass.
  • Trout Lake has a 25 hp limit and requires a permit to come in for day trip.
  • Excellent fishing and a beautiful wilderness lake.

$175 per person (minimum two people)
(includes boats with 25 hp, gas, bait, permits, box lunch, escort by VDL employee, maps and fee for motorized truck portage)

(All packages do not include state and local taxes or fishing licenses.)

Fishing Lake Vermilion

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Click here to check out the 14th Annual Larry Ramsel Muskie Outing

Click here to go to the Walleye School Page

Avid anglers can explore seemingly endless miles of reefs, sunken islands, drop-offs and underwater structures for walleyes, muskies, smallmouth and largemouth bass, northern pike, crappies and bluegills. The many protected bays and inlets along the 1,200 miles of shoreline and among the 365 islands provide the perfect backdrop for a relaxing and enjoyable vacation.

More than 40,000 acres of sky-blue waters invite you to experience days of unmatched natural displays. Wildlife sightings, breath-taking scenery and fabulous sunsets abound. Sandy beaches, water-skiing, canoeing, cruising and sailing also entertain guests on Lake Vermilion.

The Department of Natural Resources maintains a walleye hatchery on Lake Vermilion from which most northern Minnesota lakes are stocked. The DNR has been stocking Vermilion since 1969. In recent years, more than 33 million walleye have been returned to the lake annually. That, combined with "catch and release" practices, assures memorable vacations for anglers.

Our location next to the dam provides some of the hottest smallmouth action on the lake. Walleyes are caught all summer just minutes from the resort. For muskie fisherman, our location provides a central location to cover both the east and west basins of Lake Vermilion. If you want variety in where you fish, we have access to a boat on nearby Wolf Lake, which is full of walleyes and big smallmouth bass. We also have boats on the Vermilion River, which has fast action for northern pike, bass and panfish.

Lake Vermilion Fishing Report

Click here to visit Ed's Lake Vermilion Fishing Report


Fall Walleye and Electronics School

Larry Ramsell Fall Musky Outing 2017

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