The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is unveiling a new style of camper cabins at Lake Vermilion-Soudan Underground Mine State Park, in northeastern Minnesota.
The eight new cabins, which will be open year-round, reflect the latest in green-building practices. On Dec. 31, they will be up and ready for campers to make reservations.
Featuring rustic tamarack interiors, the cabins are also equipped with heat, electricity and Wi-Fi. There also are outdoor food prep counters, fire rings and tables, according to the DNR.
Outfitted with either three full-size bunks, or two full-size and two twin-size bunks, each cabin can accommodate up to six people. There is also a shower and restroom building, as well as an adjacent vault toilet nearby.
In honor of the history and culture of the area’s Indigenous people, the cabins are named with the Ojibwe words for the four seasons and four cardinal directions.
Lake Vermilion-Soudan Underground Mine State Park is Minnesota’s newest state park. It combines the historic Soudan Underground Mine, located on the west side of the park, and the new 3,000-acre extension purchased by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources from U.S. Steel in 2010, on the east side of the park. The park’s Vermilion Ridge Campground opened in 2017 with 32 campsites. Park visitors can also have access to the Mesabi Bike Trail, a new boat ramp access to Lake Vermilion, and snowmobile trails during the winter.
The camper cabin development was primarily funded by capital bonding funds provided by the state Legislature in 2014 and 2017. Since then, the sites have been wildly popular across Minnesota state parks. They are typically rustic, one-room wooden cabins that provide basic shelter for visitors who want a “camping out” experience but prefer not to deal with a tent.
People can begin making reservations for the new cabins at 8 a.m. Monday, Dec. 28 for stays beginning on Dec. 31 and Jan. 13. Park visitors can reserve cabins by calling 866-857-2757.
For other park locations with camper cabins visit: https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_parks/camper_cabin_locations.html.
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