Guests - If You want access to member only forums on FM. You will gain access only when you Sign-in or Sign-Up on Fishing Minnesota.

It's easy - LOOK UPPER right menu.

Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0
DuluthMedic

first timer

13 posts in this topic

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

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

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.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

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

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

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?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

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

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

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.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

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

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

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.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

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

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

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

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

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.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

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!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

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.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest
This topic is now closed to further replies.
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0



  • Posts

    • metro fisherman
      wisconsin has lots of good stream trout fishing near river falls and ellsworth as well...Its also under 2 hours away too
    • monstermoose78
      That is a good sized jake
    • ANYFISH2
      Well,  it was a typical morning hunting turkeys.     This season has been a bit different for me than past years. I was hunting "new" property that i didnt know well and I had neglected to apply for my typical A season tag.  In turn, I planned on the first 2 seasons were devoted to the kids.  I did my usual early morning roost gobble runs and late afternoon field checks.  These confirmed we had birds around, but rarely did they use the field. So a "deep" woods hunt would be in order.  To keep this short, the goal of getting the kids out and a bird was met with frustration and missed chances.  The boy only wanted to go the first 2 days and the daughter i got out for one morning sit.  That was it for 2 weeks,  but i continued to get up early and try and then continue my long range scouting. Wednesday comes and it is the start of "my" season.  Took the morning off of work, and to the blind I go.  Beautiful icy cold weather greeted the start of the hunt.  The birds were quiet on the roost, but made themselves know once on the ground.  However, like most 3 seasons, the toms were locked in on the real hens.  They would pass by me a couple times but never come to my set.   Work beckoned me Wednesday afternoon and Thursday.   Friday, back out to the blind.  Once again no gobbling on the roost? Strange. Then again about 6 birds on onthe ground the SE of me gobbling away.  They would repeatedly work to about 70 yds of me back and forth.  Again, never leave the real hens.  His would go on till 10 am.  The things go quiet.  I would spend the 3 hrs, walking calling,  waiting and repeating.  Not one gobble!  At 2 pm i make my way back to the blind for the afternoon, took a little nap.  As i awake i have a splitting headach.  I try and fight through it, planning on moving the blind to where the birds seem to spend time after fly down.  The headache is too much, i just pack up a go home at 6.  I would sleep the rest of the night.   Saturday morning arrives, feeling refreshed.  In the blind i go, the birds actually gobbled on roost this morning!  They are some distance away.  I keep thinking i needed to go to the SE and sit by a tree and wait.  But i fear i may bump hens or quiet birds at that time of morning.  So i sit tight and wait.  Like clockwork, after flydown the gobbles get closer and closer.  Again, stopping about 70 yds away, not wanting to leave the live hens.  This morning, i decide to call softer, but more often.  Soon i get to talking to a live hen.  Lo and behold she works her way closer and the gobblers follow! Now they get closer, but not nearly close enough. I hear a new gobble directly behind me, it is very close, so I ready myself.  Well, it seems this new gobbler has made the hens and original gobblers retreat back over the ridge.  I call, but they will not get closer.   Soon i hear some rustling, so i peak out the NE window, i seen 3 turkeys working towards my set about 45 yds out. Sit back down and ready myself.  Seconds later i see 3 jakes step out onto the trail. Thier mind is already made up as they work quickly to the decoy.  One is in half strut the whole time.  I Look them over and decide i will take the half strutter, looks to be the biggest bird.  Took some time for them to separate to give me a clean shot. Jake is down. 19.09lbs  5" beard  2/16 & 3/16 spurs.    
    • curt quesnell
      40 inch pike are pretty common at Zippel Bay this time of the year.  The Ice Out Pike Derby at Zippel Bay is well attended again this year.....I talked to Nick Painovich about pike, the opener and other stuff I was wondering about......Here is the short dockside interview
    • Cliff Wagenbach
      Only 39 degrees in the Pike River mouth yesterday! That is usually warmer then the main lake. Cliff