DNR seeks public input on new Lake Vermilion park

Published 11:21 am Monday, March 18, 2013

ST. PAUL — The Department of Natural Resources is asking for public comment on an environmental study of its plans for developing the new Lake Vermilion State Park and adjacent Soudan Underground Mine State Park in northeastern Minnesota.

The state bought 3,000 acres to create Lake Vermilion State Park in 2010. So far the Legislature has committed $10 million to develop it.

Park manager Jim Essig said some areas that have rare plants will not be developed.

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Essig said even some of the areas planned for roads and campsites have some valuable plants that must be protected.

This summer the DNR will build a road through the park, and then work will begin on campgrounds and camper-cabins.

The DNR will take public comment until April 3.