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The Minnesota Governor’s Fishing Opener, being held this year in the Lake Vermilion area, has been a tradition in Minnesota since 1948. It was designed to improve Minnesota’s economy through the development and promotion of the state’s recreational opportunities, especially fishing. The first opener was a cooperative promotion between the state’s resort industry, media, and […]

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2015 Minnesota Governor’s Fishing Opener Reminder to Guests

Greetings! By now you should have received an official invitation by mail from Gov. Mark Dayton for the 2015 Minnesota Governor’s Fishing Opener in the Lake Vermilion area Thursday, May 7, through Sunday, May 10, 2015. The 68th annual Minnesota Governor’s Fishing Opener will be hosted by the Lake Vermilion Resort Association (LVRA), with Fortune Bay Resort Casino as event headquarters.

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The Fish Whisperer

There is a young boy named, Landon, who comes to the Vermilion Dam Lodge in Cook every summer. He is infatuated with the sport of fishing and spends pretty much all of his time at his cabin dock. He wasn’t very talented at first, but Lodge owner Ed Tausk said the kid has learned some […]

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Bois Forte Heritage Museum and Gift Shop

The Bois Forte Band of the Ojibwe people has preserved their heritage and culture in this wonderful museum. Exhibits include their art and beadwork, dress, and their association with the white settlement throughout the eras of fur trade, mining, timbering to present day. Videos are also available for viewing. The staff also does an excellent […]

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Lake Vermilion Mailboat Excursions

See over 80 miles of scenic Lake Vermilion as you ride along on our unique mailboat, which delivers mail to island residents six days a week. The mailboat leaves the Aronson Boatworks marina at 9 a.m. Monday – Saturday, June 1 – Labor Day. Reservations are recommended. Contact: John Niemiste, 218-753-4190 or visit

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