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
PaulB

Camping on Lake Vermilion

10 posts in this topic

Here's the dilema. I have 4 days next weekend off. There are sites available at Hoodoo Point and McKinley Park campsites. I am bringing my dog and 14 year old son and we tent camp. We're used to camping in fairly primitive campgrounds (Nat'l Forest mainly). Am I going to be comfortable in either of these places? I know there is a state forest campground in Wakemup Bay too, but no guarantee when I arrive at 8 or 9 pm Thursday there will be any sites. Also, this is my first visit to Vermilion - which end is easier for me to find fishable structure on? I'd like to catch a couple eatin' walleyes and some bass for fun. Thanks.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Paul..both are nice campgrounds...very close together...McKinley park has nice view of lake...nice beach...Suzi and Jerry Chaibotti, the caretakers there are great people and will treat you like family...good luck and enjoy the big "V"

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I agree with Phil on the McKinley Park Campground.Very nice people and close to some good walleye structure, but not primitive by any means.

I would guess that you would not have any problem getting a campsite at the other primative sites at this time of the year.

Cliff

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

You might try moccasin point campground too. Its not camper to camper like mckinley...more suitable for a tent.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks for the replies everybody. I think we're going to try Wakemup Bay SF park. Now if the weather cooperates we'll be all set. Is there bait anywhere near there?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I stopped by the state campground on wakemup bay in late July. I was surprised how many spaces were unused. The campground has over 30 spaces but only about 3 spaces were used so I anticipate it is an option if the others are full.

Also, it has a beach, dock and boat ramp.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

We were up at Wake em up weekend the 1st part of the week. We got up there on Thursday around 5pm and there were plenty of spots open, I am guessing you will pretty much have your pick of sites.

Fishing was pretty good. Bait would either be at a resort called Polly's down the road or get it in Cook on your way in.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

There is a campsite maintained by the Superior National Forest east of the Trout Lake portage.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

There are several boat in primitive campsites scattered around the lake. Some are on Federal land, some on State and all are free. There are also some day use sites but no camping is allowed there. They will be posted as such.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I'd love to do a boat in site sometime, but I'm not sure I can swing it this year. Need more practice camping simply I guess. Plus we're getting there late. Thanks again for all the information. Hopefully fishing will still be good and we won't have to open the 'emergency' can of ravioli.

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

    • Sunset Lodge
      Hello from the NW Angle of Lake of the Woods!

      Here in Minnesota, water temps are in the low to mid 60’s and the Walleyes keep rollin’ in! Wind blown shorelines are giving up walleyes via leeches and crank-baits right along the weed line. Crawlers on a gold and/or orange spinner are producing fish out of the mud between 22 and 26 feet. Jigging has been tough this week with the strong winds, but the Mayflies have finally tapered off!!
       
      Up on the Canadian side, bottom bouncing has been filling the live wells outside of monument bay between 24-28 feet.  Jigging near Skeet and Kennedy Islands have seen nice sized walleye and numerous perch. Great smallmouth action can currently be had in Tranquil channel and the mouth of Johnston passage. Muskie fishing is still sporadic with high 40” class fish being caught from shallow bottom bays or just outside of them. 

      Fish of the Week:
      49" and 46" Muskie
      40" Pike
      At least 10 Walleye over 25" 

      We hope to see you soon! Sunset Lodge
    • monstermoose78
      This is close to home for me. I love the dunes, but the refuge is messed up. The refuge told me they were brining native game birds back, so I was excited and said sharptailed grouse and the guy looked and me and said no ringnecked pheasants. I laughed at him and said really he said yes really. I told him ringnecked pheasants are invasive species he argued they are native and I walked out shaking my head.    The refuge could be a strong hold for sharptailed grouse, prairie chickens, and water fowl if they managed for them. The dune could extend this area. 
    • CaptainSeabass
      G'day guys, I've started up this post as I will be visiting Minnesota (to be specific the Stuart Lake in the Ottertail Lake area) and I would love to hook into some fish! I'm originally from the Netherlands, have lived in Australia for the last 8 years working as a fishing guide, I have moved to Dallas TX with my wife and now we will be visiting my in-laws in Minnesota. I would love to catch Musky, which I know West Battle Lake holds, and of course Walleye. I have been trying to look for areas that hold smallmouth but was unable to find any. I don't have a boat up there or anything so I know I will be in a massive disadvantage for musky but I will give it a try with waders. I would love to get as many tips as possible! Cheers!
    • thelars5
      This years West Central Bowhunter 60 will be held on August 12th and 13th with registration from 9am - 3pm Saturday and 9am - 2pm Sunday!   Come to enjoy the rolling hills and grasslands of the Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center. Little Crow Archers of Willmar & Swift County Archers of Benson have teamed up to host this 60-Target 3-D shoot. Shoot it in one day, or make a weekend of it and shoot both days! Our promise is that you will not be disappointed!   Highlights include, Generous sized walking trails, On-site concessions, and seating deck! Stakes for : Adult, Youth, Traditional, and Cubs All on over 100 Acres! 90% Rinehart Targets   Full Course (60-Targets) $23 Adults ~ $15 Youth 16 & under ~ $60 Family Max 1/2 Course (30-Targets) $14 Adults ~ $8 Youth 16 & under ~ $36 Family Max   Shoot Location: Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center 12718 10th St NE Spicer, MN 56288 GPS coordinates: N 45° 14.716 W 95° 1.777 @1.5 Miles West of Hwy 71 on County Road 29   www.littlecrowarchers.com
    • osok
         Personally I do seem to catch quite a few overs, some days it can be a challenge to find keeper fish ( stupid problem to have, huh?). One thing I notice is that all the fish seem to be very thick through out the classes.   While I was tackling some honey-do's I noticed that the breeze was a bit stiff, I'm sure it was a challenge to maintain a line or consistent  speed.   Over all was it a good day for you?
    • ZachD
      Nope that's exactly what I wanted to hear thank you probably will go to look at gander in forest lake to see if they have anything good left
    • ZachD
      There are good bass in Crooked too
    • DLD24
      Do you typically catch quite a few overs on fish? I fished it for the first time today and we got lots of gills and a few good quality eyes...The wind made boat control a pain.
    • monstermoose78
      lol I posted that Friday but with no service it must went when I ran into town for new hose
    • monstermoose78
      I was up over the weekend to do cabin duties. I did get laker trout at cascade river Friday mornings it was 17 inches but made for great trout and eggs breakfast. Agree with maple bacon longjohn and Chet's doughnut. Also a must stop for me is trail center for lunch the 3 Cheese grilled cheese is amazing with a chocolate and peanut butter milkshake. Just look at this lunch