Category Archives: General News

Fall Newsletter Available Online

The Vermilion Lake Association has mailed its summer newsletter to its members. Act now to be among the first to read about the photo contest winners, AIS updates, and more. Download or view your copy here.

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Special Opportunity for Donors

Members and friends of Vermilion Lake Association should note a unique opportunity to leverage donations made to Vermilion Lake Association this year.  As part of the Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act Congress has changed the rules for the deductibility of charitable contributions.. . .

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Put Lake Vermilion in your Christmas stocking!

Minnesota author John Abel’s new book, “America’s Lake Vermilion…Its Seasons, Stories & Spirit” will drop from its regular price of $39.99 to $34.99 just in time for the holiday season. For each book sold to Vermilion Lake Association (VLA) members, $7 will be donated to. . .

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Vermilion Lake Association Holds Distanced Annual Meeting

In lieu of an in-person annual meeting, the Vermilion Lake Association held their election of board members via paper ballot. Members received ballots enclosed within the summer newsletter and returned them by mail.  A total of 105 votes were cast to approve current board members. . .

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“Wonders of Nature” Photo Contest Winners

The Vermilion Lake Association held a photo contest in conjunction with our annual meeting voting. We were pleased with the number and quality of submissions. Our first place winner was #1803 “Starry Night” by Bob McNamara. Second place went to Jamie Kitzman with “Just a. . .

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Propellers and Deadheads Don’t Play Well Together

This propeller met this floating deadhead in Vermilion’s Pike Bay some time ago. The outcome was not pretty. One blade and a portion of the propeller hub remain embedded in the log. When the water is low, please be extra careful. The Vermilion Lake Association. . .

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Avoiding Minnesota DNR Survey Nets

Matt Hennen, DNR Tower Area Fisheries, is urging boaters on Lake Vermilion to be on the lookout for DNR survey nets. The nets are deployed overnight (roughly 24 hours) during weekdays at the same 20 netting locations annually from late August through mid-September to assess. . .

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“America’s Lake Vermilion” Its Seasons, Stories, & Spirit A review by Jill Korpela-Bontems

Just published, and now available is a beautiful new book written by John E. Abel and photographed by Thomas E. Hill Jr. This is their second collaboration of a book on Lake Vermilion. The first published in 2010, being “Like An Old Friend” Memories Of. . .

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Get Paid to Protect Lake Vermilion This Fall

Lake Vermilion needs a few more boat inspectors at its public accesses for the rest of the 2020 boating season to better protect against aquatic invasive species (AIS). North St. Louis Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) administers the watercraft inspection program throughout Northern St.. . .

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2020 Cormorant Count

The Cormorant Count this year indicates a strong increase in the numbers of cormorants. In 2019 we counted 353 and in 2020 the count was 617.  We continue to have difficulty counting the cormorants on Potato Island where most of the cormorants reside even during. . .

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