Vermilion Ridge Campground at Lake Vermilion-Soudan Underground Mine State Park partially opens Sept. 12

On Tuesday, Sept. 12, Vermilion Ridge Campground will open at Lake Vermilion-Soudan Underground Mine State Park, Minnesota’s newest state park. Beginning at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 6, campers can make reservations for arrivals Sept. 12 and later, just in time for fall color.

The campground has 33 campsites with electricity and Wi-Fi, three large group camps with screened picnic shelters and modern shower buildings, designed with a focus on energy efficiency and a light carbon footprint.

“As you drive into the park, you’ll notice a new style of signs, a new style of buildings that incorporate local stone and better Wi-Fi connectivity than at any other Minnesota state park,” Rivers said. “These are examples of what makes this a ‘next-generation’ park.”

Visitors to this northern Minnesota state park will have access to the Armstrong Bay picnic area, the Mesabi Bike Trail and a new boat ramp that provides access to Lake Vermilion. Tours of Soudan Mine will run daily through the end of September and weekends in October through the annual Education Minnesota conference (Oct. 19-22).

The $7 million campground project was primarily funded by state bonding dollars.

The park is still a work in progress. Although most campsites will be open for fall camping, some will have to wait until spring, after grass and landscaping have had more time to become established. Hiking trails and additional camping capacity will be added in the next phase of development.

Saturday, Oct. 21, will be the last night to camp at Lake Vermilion-Soudan Underground Mine State Park in 2017. The campground will reopen in May for the 2018 camping season. The DNR anticipates a grand opening celebration in May as well.

Make reservations online or by phone

Camping reservations are required at all Minnesota state parks and recreation areas. Reservations can be made up to one year in advance by visiting the DNR website, www.mndnr.gov/reservations or by calling 866-857-2757.