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Vermillion Highlands: A Research, Recreation and Wildlife Management Area

Vermillion Highlands

Vermillion Highlands is a 2,822-acre research, recreation and wildlife management area adjacent and to the south of UMore Park. The property is jointly managed by the University of Minnesota and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, in conjunction with Dakota County and Empire Township.

Concept Master Planning

The University of Minnesota has appointed two new representatives to serve on the Vermillion Highlands Join Steering Committee. Read the news release.

The Vermillion Highlands Steering Committee is responsible for broad direction setting and ensuring inter-organizational cooperation. View the Steering Committee roster.

The joint management Steering Committee completed the concept master plan for Vermillion Highlands in spring 2010. View the final report and illustrations.

Research, Recreation and Hunting

Dates for the fall and winter hunting season have been updated. See the wildlife management page for more information on schedules and permits.

The Lone Rock Trail in the Vermillion Highlands Wildlife Management Area will be open for equestrian use from May 1 through October 31. Daily and Annual Trail Use Passes are no longer necessary. View details on new Lone Rock Trail access points. 

Learn more about recreation opportunities at Vermillion Highlands.