University of Minnesota
UMore Park

Vermillion Highlands: A Research, Recreation and Wildlife Management Area

Wildlife Management

Vermillion Highlands is a modified wildlife management area (WMA), defined by a unique joint management effort, including representation from the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), University of Minnesota, and Dakota County, in order that research, recreation, and wildlife management activities can take place simultaneously on the property. Vermillion Highlands, the state's first and only modified WMA offers a variety of hunting activities throughout the year. Permitted trapping, archery and firearms hunting provide for responsible management of turkey, deer, pheasant, goose, coyote, raccoon and other animals.

Wildlife management activities at Vermillion Highlands are administered by the Minnesota DNR. Please contact the DNR area manager at 651-322-4643 with questions or to learn more about hunting at Vermillion Highlands.

For additional details on the season start and end dates and required licenses and permits, visit the DNR Web site.

View the DNR Hunting and Trapping Regulations Handbook paying special attention to the regulations pertaining to the Public Lands and Wildlife Refuges section.

Maps and Directions

View a map of Vermillion Highlands (415 KB PDF).

For directions to Vermillion Highlands located on the south side of UMore Park, view the Map and Directions to UMore Park (65.3 KB PDF). View the Lone Rock Trail Map (214.7 KB PDF) to note the location of the recreational trail loops for horseback riding, hiking and cross-country skiing.


Note to Hunters

In addition to hunting activities, Vermillion Highlands is home to the Lone Rock Trail, used by hikers, horseback riders and cross-country skiers. These activities take place December 12 through October 31 annually.