Want to Volunteer?

A Special Thanks to Our Volunteers and Activity Coordinators

The Vermilion Lake Association has been extremely fortunate over the years to have a dedicated group of leaders and volunteers to staff our important activities. They make it happen!

Where Can I Help?

Consider joining this team. There’s plenty of room for you. And with a larger group, we can make an even bigger impact on our lake.

Here’s a few current volunteer opportunities for you to consider.

Volunteer Opportunities

AIS Traffic Analysis

Analyze boat launch traffic data at Vermilion’s 54 accesses. Make recommendations on inspector deployment to improve efficiency. Look for patterns on arrival times, high risk lakes, etc. Excellent Excel skills helpful.

Email Jeff Lovgren

AIS Sample Collection Kits

Develop and put together AIS sample collection kits tailored to Lake Vermilion to be distributed to boaters at launch sites. Includes photos, info on current infestations, species of most concern, how to notice certain species (e.g., spiny waterfleas on fishing equipment), info on who to call, Zip-Loc bags for samples, etc.

Email Jeff Lovgren

AIS Information Package and Signage for Resorts

Develop a three-ring binder of high-resolution photos, prototype pre-visit customer letter on AIS prevention best-practices, and other AIS material. Support resort owners with custom AIS signage and sample collection kits.

Email Jeff Lovgren

Public Event Coordinator

Organize SCLV participation in local festivals, such as Earth Fest, Cook’s Timber Days, and similar Tower events. Increase the public’s awareness of key organization priorities, like fisheries management and AIS prevention, and share info on services like shore sites.

Email Marge McPeak

Membership Communication Coordinator

Set up improved methods to communicate info on important current issues to our membership. Consider tools like Constant Contact. Find alternative ways to publish quarterly newsletters that match today’s mobile environment.

Email Dale Lundblad

Activity Coordinators

If you have a comment or question about one of our activities, please contact the activity coordinator below.

Cormorant Management Mel Hintz

6119 Pike Bay Dr
Tower MN 55790

218-753-2401
Email Mel Hintz

Fishery Improvement Terry Grosshauser

7307 Oak Narrows Rd
Cook MN 55723

218-666-0580
Email Terry Grosshauser

Fishery Improvement Ed Tausk

P.O. Box 1105
Cook MN 55723

218-666-5418
Email Ed Tausk

Water Quality Protection Wayne Suoja

1029 Eales Rd
Tower MN 55790

218-753-2162
Email Wayne Suoja

Lake Vermilion AIS Prevention - Program Leader Jeff Lovgren

2113 Birch Point Rd
Tower MN 55790

218-753-2413
Email Jeff Lovgren

AIS Volunteer Boat Checks - East End Ramps Bob Wilson

1501 Echo Narrows Ln
Tower MN 55790

218-753-5544
Email Bob Wilson

AIS Volunteer Boat Checks - Ramp at The Landing Gary Whitenack

9140 Hibbing Point Rd
Cook MN 55723

218-666-2153
Email Gary Whitenack

AIS Volunteer Boat Checks - Ramp at Timbuktu Resort John Zwieg

7565 Timberlore Trail W
Cook MN 55723

218-666-5008
Email John Zwieg

Loon Count Program Coordinator Claire Zwieg

7565 Timberlore Trail W
Cook MN 55723

218-666-5008
Email Claire Zwieg

Loon Count - East End Ellen Hintz

6119 Pike Bay Dr
Tower MN 55790

218-753-2401
Email Ellen Hintz

Loon Count - West End Claire Zwieg

7565 Timberlore Trail W
Cook MN 55723

218-666-5008
Email Claire Zwieg

Night Navigation Lights - West End John Zwieg

7565 Timberlore Trail W
Cook MN 55723

218-666-5008
Email John Zwieg

Night Navigation Lights - East End Terry Grosshauser

7307 Oak Narrows Rd
Cook MN 55723

218-666-0580
Email Terry Grosshauser

Shore Lunch Sites Mel Hintz

6119 Pike Bay Dr
Tower MN 55790

218-753-2401
Email Mel Hintz

Shore Lunch Sites John Zwieg

7565 Timberlore Trail W
Cook MN 55723

218-666-5008
Email John Zwieg

Boating Safety Position Open


Email Position Open

Rough Fish Removal Tom Forconi

6123 Pike Bay Drive
Tower, MN 55790

218-428-7096
Email Tom Forconi

Member Records Sheri Sawatzky

2750 W Wakemup Village Rd
Cook MN 55723

218-666-5512
Email Sheri Sawatzky

Newsletter Editor Dale and Nan Lundblad

9082 Little Sweden Rd
Cook MN 55723

218-666-2316
Email Dale and Nan Lundblad

Website Editor Jeff Lovgren

2113 Birch Point Rd
Tower MN 55790

218-753-2413
Email Jeff Lovgren