Camping season begins May 11 at Lake Vermilion-Soudan Underground Mine State Park

The campground at Minnesota’s newest state park will open Friday, May 11, according to the Department of Natural Resources. 

With electricity and Wi-Fi at all 33 campsites and three large group camps with screened picnic shelters and modern shower buildings, Vermilion Ridge Campground at Lake Vermilion-Soudan Underground Mine State Park in northeastern Minnesota will be a popular destination this summer.

Although the campground partially opened for the fall color season from Sept. 12 to Oct. 21, the official grand opening is yet to come.

“Weekends booked up quickly when we started taking reservations last fall, but there are still many openings in the group camps and on weeknights for those who want to stay overnight at the park this summer,” said Jim Essig, the park manager. “And, of course, there’s lots to do here besides camp.”

A ribbon-cutting celebration at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 7, will kick off a weekend of special activities, to include:

  • A nature cart (10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.) and campfire program (8:30- 10:30 p.m.) Thursday, June 7.
  • A night sky program (8:30-10:30 p.m.) Friday, June 8.
  • A geology walking tour (9:30-11 a.m.) and Canoeing 101 (1-3 p.m., call 218-300-7005 for reservations) on Saturday, June 9.

Visitors can enjoy fishing and boating on Lake Vermilion, having a picnic with a view of Armstrong Bay, taking an underground mine tour, finding the geocache hidden in the park (GPS units available at the park), attending interpretive programs, and hiking or biking a freshly paved segment of the Mesabi Trail into town.

Reservations are required for camping and recommended for the underground mine tours. To reserve a spot, visit or call 866-857-2757.

For more information, visit the Vermilion-Soudan page or call the DNR Info Center: 888-646-6367 (8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday).