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bigpike

Are there ice roads on Vermilion? 

 

Considering trying to fish it this weekend with the family from a portable but dont have a sled or 4wheeler to get around.  

 

Possibly staying at fortune bay.

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side_laker

Fortune bay had a plowed road not sure if it’s open to public it just for their rental houses.

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Bigfatbert

McKinley Park campground by Tower has roads that are plowed by private parties that have their permanent ice houses out at that area of the lake . Plenty of area here to also not be crowding existing permanents .Should have no problems here unless maybe shortly after snow falls , which do seem to be happening quite often as of late up this way , good luck .!

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Spearing Machine

Casino, McKinley and stuntz bay about your only options. 95% of the lake has no roads and only accessible with other means of travel. Highly unlikely you'll be able to off-road. We've received 8 inches snow this week more on the way. 

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side_laker

Where is road out ofnin stuntz bay. Have not heard if that road 

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Spearing Machine

The road runs right through the middle of the bay, impossible to miss. You have to drive through Soudan Underground Mine SP and down by the historic boathouses is the access. Summer you need to pay to use the access but not sure how it works in winter, I don't personally use it. 

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tinker

Haven't used the Stuntz bay ice road for years . It used to run toward the East end of Ely island. I do use the landing a few times in the summer . The landing is OK but parking is sparse .  You can buy a parking pass at the Soudan store for about  $10.00. I wonder if there is a road out of the new landing at Cable bay ?

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Spearing Machine
6 hours ago, tinker said:

 I wonder if there is a road out of the new landing at Cable bay ?

 There had not been one established. The lake snowmobile trail comes up at the ramp, crosses the parking lot and goes up into the woods/lake vermilion state park.

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tinker

Thanks for  the info.

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BrianF

Good luck getting out this weekend.  We arrived at the cabin last night to about as much snow as I’ve ever seen on the ground here.  Nat’l Weather Service says 25” snowpack, but feels like more? Could be drifting.  We’ve got snowmobiles to pull our fish house and I’m not even sure if that is going to work given the snow depth.  We’ll see. 

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Wanderer

Good luck!

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leech~~

Slush! Coming to a Lake near you. 🙁

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chaffmj
7 hours ago, BrianF said:

Good luck getting out this weekend.  We arrived at the cabin last night to about as much snow as I’ve ever seen on the ground here.  Nat’l Weather Service says 25” snowpack, but feels like more? Could be drifting.  We’ve got snowmobiles to pull our fish house and I’m not even sure if that is going to work given the snow depth.  We’ll see. 

 

Let us know how it goes.

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BrianF

Travel on the lake off the staked trail wasn’t as bad as expected. The snow on the lake is deep, but the snow machines handled it well, even riding 2-up and pulling a loaded Otter.  

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Deet

Is there a road going out from Hoodoo or McKinley? Anyone know?

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side_laker

Wondering if anyone knows the road conditions out of McKinley with the snow we have got last few weeks. I have a group coming up this weekend and thinking that’s going to be the best location to go. Anyone know if water is coming up when a hole is drilled 

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