Development continues inside Minnesota's newest state park

By KBJR News 1

June 9, 2014 Updated Jun 10, 2014 at 8:26 AM CST

Lake Vermilion, MN (NNCNOW.com) - The pristine Lake Vermilion is home to resorts, great fishing and now a new 3,000 acre state park located on a former US Steel site.

"It's a great gift to future generations. It adjoins 1,100 acres of state park that exists already, the Soudan Underground Mine State park," said Christa Miller, the park manager with the Department of Natural Resources.

Combined, the two parks cover 10 miles of shoreline.

Just this year, the park secured $14 million in state bonding money to create a modern day camping opportunity. The plan calls for campgrounds with full amenities including electricity and WiFi.

"Design and build a premiere camping facility here at the park. So that's our next step, develop camping, both modern campground and remote hike in sites," Miller said.

Right now Vermilion State Park is only accessible by boat or by hiking trail, but that's all about to change this summer. Construction crews are paving the way for people to get to the park by car.

"People can park at the Armstrong day use area. They will immediately be able to picnic and enjoy the waterfront. We have a completion date of August 1st of this year," Miller said.

A majority of those vehicles will likely pass through Tower, Minnesota.

"The state park will be a Huge asset for the area," Stephen Abrahamson, mayor of Tower, said.

Whether you're boating, fishing or hiking, Miller says the park is all about providing an unforgettable experience.

"We want to really maintain our customer satisfaction that are current users of our state park system, We do also do want to generate some exciting new guests and new visitors."

Some estimate the park could attract a quarter million tourists a year to the area.

The 2015 Governor's Fishing Opening will take place on Lake Vermilion.

Written by Kevin Jacobsen
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