Information to Support our Resort Partners

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VLA Resort Ambassadors

Please contact your Resort Ambassador for any need. They are your go-to problem solvers.

Gary Haugen (East End)

Marilyn Johnson (West End)

AIS Program Coordinators

Jon Utecht (North St. Louis SWCD)

Public Access Inspector Supervisors

Grace Van Hammond and Justin Krumm (North St. Louis SWCD Interns)   

218-780-5568 mobile

Resort Inspector Training and Support

Jon Utecht (SWCD) 



Terry Grosshauser (VLA)



Resort Inspector Stipend Assistance

Jon Utecht  


Conservation Officers

Marc Hopkins (East End)


Shane Zavodnik (West End)


Decontamination Station Location
  • West Vermilion – Black Duck public access
  • East Vermilion – Hoodoo Point N public access

Please go to this DNR website for information on when each Vermilion location is open and other decon options in the Vermilion-Pelican-Gilbert-Ely area.


Decon Station Assistance

Jon Utecht (East and West End)

Jeff Lovgren (East End)

Dwight Warkentin (West End)

How to Report Suspicious Vegetation

Please take a picture, place a sample in a Ziploc bag, and contact an AIS Detector through this hotline by phone or email.

(218) 288-1080

Sentry Early Detection Assistance at Resort Waterfront

Please contact one of the following AIS Detectors in the Lake Vermilion area.

Bob McNamara

Wayne Suoja

Links to Other AIS Info

AIS Identification photos

Photo reference on VLA website

AIS ID Guide

An excellent spiral-bound AIS identification reference available at U of Minn Bookstores or from your Resort Ambassador

2020 AIS Prevention Plan

The 2020 Lake Vermilion AIS Prevention Plan discusses our threats, our goals to protect Vermilion, and our specific activities.

Guest Pre-Travel Information

A flyer which can be used as-is or cut-and-paste into resort communication with guests.

DNR Watercraft Inspection Training.

DNR training videos, handbooks, and tips.