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Lake Vermilion is well known as one of the most scenic lakes in the country. Discover for yourself why it is called "Minnesota's Most Beautiful Lake". Here are some interesting facts about our Lake: Vermilion takes its name from the translation of the Ojibway word "Onamuni", meaning "Lake of the Sunset Glow". Lake Vermilion is the gateway to and almost completely surrounded by the Superior National Forest. We are located north of the Laurentian Divide. Water from Lake Vermilion flows NORTH into Hudson Bay. There are several rivers and creeks feeding Lake Vermilion, but the only outflow is the Vermilion River. The deepest spot in the lake is 76'. Lake Vermilion is 40,557 acres in size. At 290 miles, Lake Vermilion has the longest shoreline of any lake in Minnesota. There are 365 islands in Lake Vermilion - one for every day of the year! During the boating season, the lake is well marked with numbered buoys and channel markers. Lake Vermilion usually begins to freeze by mid-November. Ice out has occurred as early as April 2 in 2012 and as late as May 23 in 1950. Average ice out date is April 29. In winter, the local snowmobile clubs mark safe color coded snowmobile trails across the lake. Maps are posted at several entry points. Ice fishing usually begins in December and lasts until the ice houses are required to be removed from the lake in March.

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