Lake Vermilion: A Paradise in Minnesota's Backyard

Ludlow's Island Resort

Oct 24, 2022
Oct 24, 2022
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You don’t need to cross oceans for stunning beaches and endless stretches of blue water. This serene paradise is right in Minnesota’s backyard.

For a state that most associate with brutal winters and snow and cold, Minnesota may be an unassuming choice for a beach vacation. But, you just need to know where to go.

Unmatched Beauty

Four hours north of the Twin Cities, you’ll find Lake Vermilion, one of the most scenic lakes in the country.

Lake Vermilion boasts the longest shoreline in the state at more than 340 miles long and is home to over 365 islands and 40,000 acres of blue waters stretching 40 miles across the heart of Minnesota's Arrowhead Region.

Bordering the Boundary Waters Canoe Area and surrounded by thick forests from the Superior National Forest, Lake Vermilion offers stunning views, allowing visitors to experience the wilderness while still enjoying the comforts of a first-class resort, Ludlow’s Island Resort, situated in the trees.

Outdoor Adventure

Naturally, Lake Vermilion is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. Those looking to get out on the water can wander through hundreds of small protected bays and sprawling waterways by canoe, kayak, and motor boat.

Visitors can explore the many untouched islands and shores, stop for lunch on an uninhabited island, take a dip in the warm waters, or bring along a rod and reel for some fishing.

For those feeling even more adventurous, Lake Vermilion provides a gateway into the Boundary Waters, well-known for its unequivocal beauty and wilderness. However, you never have to leave Lake Vermilion to experience outdoor adventure or the beauty of northern Minnesota. 

Fishing on Lake Vermilion

With rocky shorelines, sandy beaches, and deep water, fishing enthusiasts flock to Lake Vermilion for its excellent fishing. Anglers reel in everything from walleye, crappies, northern pike, and muskie to smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, and panfish like sunfish, perch, and bluegills.

The springtime and fall are best for catching walleye, crappies, and northern pike. July and August are especially great for bass on Lake Vermilion.

While you can fish the lake on your own, Ludlow’s also offers guided fishing trips from the most novice angler, to the most experienced.

Also, if you’re staying at Ludlow’s, we can help supply you with all the gear you need and connect you with a fishing guide to take you out on the water. Fishing on Lake Vermilion is, by far, one of the most popular and favorite activities for families. Nothing quite matches the excitement and joy of a little one catching their first fish.

Lover’s Paradise

Lake Vermilion is the ideal place to truly get off-grid and escape the hustle and bustle of daily life. Disconnect and relax in one of our cozy and secluded cabins at Ludlow’s.

With beautiful accommodations situated on both the mainland and on the island surrounded by Lake Vermilion’s blue waters, you’ll immediately feel as if you’ve flown thousands of miles to a remote paradise.

Enveloped by boreal forests and immersed in nature, Lake Vermilion offers the perfect backdrop to reconnect with your partner and experience new adventures together.

Fireside Romance Package

At Ludlow’s, we even offer a Fireside Romance package that includes lodging for two in a lakefront cabin with a wood-burning fireplace, cabin meal service, and two half-hour massages to make your time together even more special.

Whether you’re looking for an outdoor adventure with friends, a family-friendly beach vacation, or a romantic secluded getaway, Lake Vermilion is an incredible place to create new memories and unforgettable experiences.