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My wife and I are planning a long weekend to your neck of the woods. Neither of us have never been to the Vermillion area and are looking for some advice on what lake(s) to see, what sites to see, where to eat and where to stay. It would be a Wednesday and Thursday night in August. Not planning to fish, just to be tourists.

Thanks!

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Go to Vermilion Falls. It is just south of Crane lake. I was there last week and it was the highlight of the trip. Make sure you checkout the portage north of the bridge. It is a sight to behold.

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Bear preserve in Ore, Wolves in Ely, People watching at the casino...etc...

Sorry, had to think what else there was to do besides fish....

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Be sure to do the Soudan Underground Mine tour.

Vince Shutte Bear Sanctuary in Orr.

The Wolf Center in Ely. Just to name a few spots.

Cliff

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I agree with Cliff on the top 3 must do's up there.

Something a little different is the mail boat tours (if they still do those). Good way to see the lake.

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Where is the miniature golf course on the lake? Is that worth making the trip with my son and nephew (11 years old)?

Thanks

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Thanks for the feedback so far. Normally, I'd be on the water fishing . . . but, not this trip. Are there any good places to view the lakes - or a sight-seeing boat? Also, can anyone recommend a nice hotel/resort and a good place for lunch and dinner?

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I would rent a boat and follow Cliff around the lake. Makes for great entertainment. Sorry Cliff, I had too. grin

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Shorelunch,

As mentioned, the mailboat tour out of Aronson's Marina in Pike Bay is a great way to see much of Lake Vermilion in comfort!

Cliff

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All great ideas. Any of the remaining restaurants on Vermilion have good food. A good day long boat ride on the lake will show you the beauty of the area.

Vermilion falls is awesome.

Steve

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shorelunch,

Be sure you checkout the vermilion club for there pizza. I think you could qualify it as a tourist trap!

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Get a Bacon Cheeseburger Bamboozler at the V.C., anything on the menu at the Black Bear Cafe, and breakfast or a Good Old Days Burger at Good Old Days in Tower...Oh and stop in at Vermilion F&F for a cup of hazelnut coffee and some good b.s with Dave. coolgrin

Paul.

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The mailboat tour sounds intresting. Does anyone know how long it takes? also is the seating area covered for bad weather? I would like to try and get my wife to go on it. Thanks

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I think Aronsons has a web site try and pull it up ,should be info on there, the boats i have seen them use are new and are LUND usually that do have tops.Also if youre lookin for a good lunch or breakfast check out Montana cafe in Cook big sky burger are awesome ! Another good place is Southswitch 7 mi southeast of Cook,but if ya really like good pizza like Paul mentioned Vermillion club is second to none!Cliff also mentioned the mine tour at Soudan state park ,it is truley amazing if you think youre job stinks you will be thinkin a whole lot differant after that tour! But the ultimate draw is the lake hands down i think anyone expierences it is hooked for life! i know i am !

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Thanks for all the replies. I will give them a call. I did get thier website but it really doesent say. We are leaving today for a week on the lake staying at Pehrsons on the west side. I plan on fishing as much as possible but need to kepp the wife happy too. She really like the casino so I know that will be on our list (or hers while I am fishing.) Thanks again!!

ps I run a white ranger Z with black and grey stripes so feel free to stop on buy if you see a guy fishing alone in a white ranger and say hi. I will fish the west sie for the most part but do have some spots on the east side so I amy venture over for a day. Take care and good fishing!!

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The restaurant at the casino golf course is quite good, according to my daughter and her husband.

That wasn't you in the bass boat looking outfit around the corner from pehrson's tonight, was it?

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It probably was me as I am stayiing at Pehrsons. Fishing has been slow but I have got in to some decent LM bass the smallies have been small. Went to the Vermillion club for Pizza it was outstanding. Just heading out agian now feel free to swing over if you see me. Good Fishing!!

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some years ago, I knew some guys who got nice bass in the weeds next to pehrson's. There are some lily pads and stuff between Pehrson's and the big house to the north.

No fish under my dock, as proven by a number of fishemen in the last week or so. I don't know why they think 2 feet of water over sand is a hot spot. One ran into my neighbor's dock a few days ago.

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Thanks for the info. I may try that area this morning. Seems 90% of the time there is a minimum of 1-2 and as many as five boats fishing the area around Pehersons for muskies. They had a guide do a seminar on Monday eve and he said it is one of the best muskie spots on the lake. Them muskies will keep the bass away. Had the all you can eat crab legs at the casino and it was really good for only 16.99. I guess they have it every wednesday. I fish around the Musgego point area. Just know that area better. Good Fishing!!

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Fortune Bay has a 18 hole course. Giants Ridge and the Quarry, 18 holes each, are about 15 miles south. These are the deluxe courses in the area. Cook, Ely, and Babbitt each have 9 hole course, Ely maybe 18. Wolf Ridge is south of Cook.

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Isn't wolf ridge the course that plays in opposite directions on alternate days? So it has 18 holes, only it takes two days.

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Yes I think Wolf Ridge plays opposite directions. Never played it but that's what they tell me.

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The golf course at the Fortune Bay casino (they call it the Wilderness at Fortune Bay) is an outstanding course, in my opinion. It plays 7200 yards from the Gold Tees, with a slope of 144 and course rating of 75.4 ... it's the toughest course i've played in Northern Minnesota. White tees plays 6100, still a very challenging round.

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I don't think The Wilderness is toughest course, but I agree it is my favorite course in MN. The course conditions are the best and so is the scenery.

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To add to what Paul posted about The Good Old Days in Tower,you might want to try their fish fry deal they have on friday night if they still have it,went there for it this past winter and it was really good.

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Thank you guys very much, I am hoping to catch a few holes this vacation during the mid day, and fish muskies early morning and nights.

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