Shore Lunch Sites on the Lake

What’s a Shore Lunch Site?

In 1994, the Vermilion Lake Association recognized the need for designated locations where boaters could safely pull up to shore and enjoy a shore lunch or picnic. Although there were many campsites on State or Federal land on the lake, none provided safe boat dockage for today’s larger watercraft. The demand for day-use facilities on the lake was also rising as more resort guests and property owners utilized the boating and fishing opportunities of this great lake.

To address this need, our club initiated cooperative agreements with the USDA Forest Service and the Minnesota DNR to install boat docks and picnic facilities at a number of scenic locations.

Over the years, the number of sites has grown to eight, like the Bystrom Bay site pictured here. Each is equipped with a safe dock, a picnic table, a fire ring/grate and a wilderness latrine. The Vermilion Lake Association maintains the sites as a community service.

Allowed Site Use

The Vermilion Lake Association invites you to use these sites to stop for lunch, stretch your legs, use the latrine or to explore the woods and observe wildlife. After enjoying the site, please remove any litter and make sure the campfire is totally out. Please keep in mind that these are day-use sites only. They are not to be used for overnight camping. And the docks are not strong enough for houseboat mooring.

If you observe a violation in progress, write down the license number of the watercraft involved, the date and time, and report that information to Vermilion Lake Association volunteers Mel Hintz, 218-753-2401, or John Zwieg, 218-666-5008.

How Do I Find a Shore Lunch Site?

Check out our easy-to-print PDF map with GPS coordinates and additional info. We suggest you keep a copy in a Zip-loc bag in your boat.

Shore Lunch Site Volunteers

Vermilion Lake Association volunteers check our shore lunch sites frequently to assure that they are clean and safe. We appreciate their assistance.

Perhaps there’s a site near your lake home or on a route you travel frequently. If you’d be willing to check it out a couple times per month during the boating season, please contact Mel Hintz on the east end of the lake or John Zwieg on the west end.

Bear Creek

N 47.8977° W 92.2590°

Black Bay

N 47.9580° W 92.5793°

Bystrom Bay

N 47.9088° W 92.3855°

Mattson Bay

N 47.8433° W 92.2100°

Norwegian Bay North

N 47.9458° W 92.5872°

Norwegian Bay South

N 47.9302° W 92.5803°

Swedetown Bay

N 47.8318° W 92.2613°

Wolf Bay

N 47.9280° W 92.4665°

  • Bear Creek

    N 47.8977° W 92.2590°

    Elevated site on U.S. Forest Service land north of Pine Island.

    Site maintained by volunteers Jim and Ann Gribble, Tom and Sue Hartley
  • Black Bay

    N 47.9580° W 92.5793°

    Site located on State Forest Land where it connects to hunter walking trails developed by the Minnesota DNR, Wildlife Division.

    Site maintained by volunteers Jeff and Nancy Stebbins
  • Bystrom Bay

    N 47.9088° W 92.3855°

    Site located on a south facing rock point owned by the U.S. Forest Service. Major funding donated in memory of Tim Flanagan.

    Site maintained by volunteers Mike and Lori Ptak, Rob Bryers
  • Mattson Bay

    N 47.8433° W 92.2100°

    New site located in the Vermilion State Park. Funding for the floating dock donated in memory of C. Wendell Niepagen.

    Site maintained by volunteers Scott and Terry Vagle
  • Norwegian Bay North

    N 47.9458° W 92.5872°

    South facing site located on U.S. Forest Service land. Major funding donated by the family of Erna Longfellow.

    Site maintained by volunteers Ron and Bev Kmett
  • Norwegian Bay South

    N 47.9302° W 92.5803°

    West facing site located on a rocky point owned by the U.S. Forest Service.

    Site maintained by volunteers Ron and Bev Kmett
  • Swedetown Bay

    N 47.8318° W 92.2613°

    Site located in the Vermilion State Park near the entrance to Swedetown Bay.

    Site maintained by volunteers Jim and Cathy Carlson
  • Wolf Bay

    N 47.9280° W 92.4665°

    West facing site located on a bedrock point owned by the U.S. Forest Service. Major funding donated in memory of Marjorie Betker.

    Site maintained by volunteers Al and Mary Williams