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I'd like to take my future wife out camping/fishing on Lake Vermilion. Can a person camp on any islands? Are there camp sites availble? I cannot seem to find much info on camping. Any help would be great. thanks

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There are a bunch of campsites, operated by the state I believe (someone verify). They are first come first served but rarely get much use. I'd check the State of MN and DNR websites for locations.

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You can call the DNR office in Tower, too, at (218) 753-2580.

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There are several campgrounds in the tower area. McKinley Park and Hoodoo Point are a couple. I've enjoyed staying at McKinley many times when I need to charge my boat batteries for an extended stay. Shower went over good too.

The first come first served campsites are run by the U.S. Forest Service (I think). They are primitive....just a flat spot (if you're lucky) to pitch a tent, maybe a fire pit and a fire grate. Most are on the shorelines, but a few are on islands...for islands, I think there's a couple between Oak Narrows and Frasier Bay.

I have gotten so accustomed to using my GPS, that I don't use my paper maps much any more, but I think several of the nicer Lake Vermilion Maps show the campsites. Can anyone else weigh in on this?

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Here are some coords to free-- first come--first serve-- sites in between Oak Narrows and Frazer.

South Side of Hinsdale:

N47 53.778 W92 27.593

N47 53.998 W92 27.172

Southside of Smarts Bay by the red and green.

N47 53.523

W92 26.967

N47 53.561

W92 26.919

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Thanks for all the help. I'm still using maps. I'm coming from duluth. Whats the best place to put in near a few campsites? We plan on going next weekend, and give the eyes a try.

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Does anyone have a place I can view or purchase a map with free camp sites on it? I cannot find any info on the web. I need to buy a GPS! Email: fireguy3080@yahoo.com Thanks

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Find Hinsdale Island on the map. I believe there is an access on Frazier Bay, at least I saw a sign along the road.

There are several campsites on Hinsdale Island. Or there is the campground in wakemup narrows, near the east end of wakemup bay. It has a nice access around the corner.

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Yes fischer map co in virginia sells maps of vermilion that has all the remote sights marked. You can get one at fischer on chestnutt in virginia or on the internet. I think fortune bay has them and the vermilion food and fuel also

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There is a good landing in Frazer Bay. Hinsdale Island is right across the bay from the landing.

Most bait shops in this area will have good maps for sale.

Cliff

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Try McKinley Park. Wife and I just came back from 5 days up there and had a wonderful time. Susan, who is normally at the office was a great help for us, we were also first timers who will return in a couple of weeks for another stay. You won't regret the stay. Make sure you call ahead for reservations they did seem to be busy. Fishing was great, lot of good hard fighting smallmouth, and of course excellent walleye! Check out there website McKinleypark.net for more information. Hope this helps you out.

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Thanks everyone for your info! I'm trying to keep it a cheap trip. (She says we need to save for a wedding) We would both rather camp on a first come first serve site. Has that more wilderness feel. We went to Namakan last year and had a blast. (met mr. red fox, funny story) Again thanks a bunch!

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There are some wilderness spots in Bystrom Bay. You could leave Moccasin Point and be there in 2 minutes. Or if you are lucky you could get the beach spot east of the trout lake portage along that same shoreline but at the end of the bay....Dont go to the beach on the south side, cause thats where the speed boaters park to fill up on beer and save on gas.

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