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Lake Vermilion State Park

The building of a next generation state park Legislatively authorized in 2008, and purchased from US Steel in 2010, Lake Vermilion State Park is Minnesota’s newest state park and the first new state park in 30 years. The park’s 3,000 acres will be carefully developed in phases to preserve the natural and cultural heritage, rare […]

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History buff, rock hound or science geek?

History buff, rock hound or science geek? Soudan Underground Mine attracts visitors with varied interests Soudan Underground Mine holds the distinction of being Minnesota’s first iron ore mine.  The first ore was shipped by rail to Two Harbors on July 31, 1884. (Over 130 years ago.) The mine operated until 1962, and following its closure, […]

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Pike River Hatchery

The cold wet science of walleye production Lake Vermilion is well known for its walleye fishery, but few realize how much Lake Vermilion walleye contribute to better fishing in other parts of Minnesota. The Pike River walleye egg stripping site located on the west end of Pike Bay has been in operation since 1885, and […]

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