Vermilion Dam Lodge offers its guests a great many amenities in addition to our superbly maintained cabins. Below, you will find descriptions of several of these that set VDL apart from its competition.
Protected well in the bay near the main boat dock is a nice beach. It provides a safe area for smaller children who like to play in the sand, with the water dropping off gradually. There’s a volleyball net next to the beach and a fire pit that’s popular for evening bonfires.
Water from Lake Vermilion spills out and cascades down through the east side of the resort's property then opens up into the Vermilion River. From there the river runs north 42 miles to Crane Lake and beyond to Hudson Bay. This provides the beauty and sounds of the whitewater rapids for our guests to enjoy. Below the rapids, we have a dock equipped with a boat and canoes for those who would like to explore the wilderness of the Vermilion River.
Our lodge sits on the water's edge of Lake Vermilion and is central to the resort. The lodge has a large deck for our guests to enjoy. We designed our lodge to accommodate a wide variety of our guests’ needs.
Vermilion Dam Lodge has an outdoor heated pool. The pool area is equipped with lounge chairs for relaxing and watching the kids. The pool is located central to the resort and provides a nice view of the lake. The pool is open from the first week of June through Labor Day.
Our lodge is equipped with a dining room that seats up to 25 people. We offer American plan home-cooked meals to groups in the spring, summer and fall.
The lodge game room has a pool table, satellite TV, video and board games, a pop machine and free coffee.
Boathouse and Baitshop
Our main dock is equipped with a boathouse that features covered slips, electrical outlets, gas pumps, bait tanks, tooling and supplies for marine service and a concrete boat ramp for launching.
Our lodge is set up with a general store. You can buy clothes, souvenirs, groceries, fishing tackle, maps and ice cream.
During our summer season, we offer daily activities at no extra charge for the whole family to participate in!
Bonfire by the beach (at dusk)
The resort staff will start a fire in the pit next to the beach. Come meet your neighbors for the week and trade fish stories. Marshmallows will be provided for roasting.
Canoe trip – 9:00 am
Sign up in the lodge by Sunday night. One of the staff will be your guide. Please bring your own life jacket if you have one; everything else will be provided. The distance covered will vary depending on the group. There will be at least one portage, so be prepared to carry what you bring, including your canoe. This is important, for only one staff member will be assisting the entire group. An adult must accompany children under 12.
Kids fishing contest – 3:00p pm – Ages 1-12
Prizes are awarded for the largest, most caught and the smallest fish. This is a catch-and- release event. The contest will take place on the dock in front of the lodge. Please bring your life jackets and fishing poles. We can, however, provide them for you.
Fish fry in the lodge - 5:30 pm
Our resort chef will be preparing you a true shore lunch for dinner. Your dinner will include fish, potatoes, beans, rolls and beverages (beer and lemonade). Hot dogs will be provided for those who are not fish eaters. Feel free to bring a dish, but it’s not required.
Movie night in the lodge – 8:00 pm
Enjoy a family comedy in the lodge with other guests. We’ll provide the popcorn and the movie.
T-shirt painting – 11:00 am
Our staff will assist you and your children in painting your old or new shirts. We have kids T-shirts available in the lodge for sale. Everyone will make their own wilderness T-shirts using prints and stencils. Parents are encouraged to join in and help out.
- Cook Hospital
- 24/7 ER
- Ambulance Service
- Trained First Responder on Site