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c/o Vermilion County Conservation District
22296-A Henning Road
Danville, IL 61834
Telephone: 217-442-1691
Fax: 217-442-1695
E-mail: vccd@vccd.org

Lake Vermilion is a 1000-acre lake located in Danville. It is a water supply lake and is owned by Aqua Illinois Inc. The Vermilion County Conservation District (V.C.C.D.) maintains the lease on the lake and manages the recreational activities.

Lake Vermilion Sign

It is one of Illinois' most heavily stocked lakes for fishing. A cooperative between the V.C.C.D. and Aqua Illinois, Inc. add three thousand eight-inch large mouth bass per year. Tiger muskies are currently approaching fifty inches long. Channel catfish, crappie and walleye are also taken.

Lake Vermilion Park General Information

The park consists of a boat ramp, dock complex, View at Lake Vermilion
concession  building, maintenance building, playground and an open shelter (Songer Pavilion).   The shelter may be reserved by calling 217-442-1691.

The lake is a "high use" area on summer weekends with power boating (unlimited HP), jet skiing and water skiing. Many fishing tournaments are also held here. The north end of the lake has a no-wake area. Here, wildlife are observed including a heron rookery, the river otter (released in 1996 & 1997) and an eagle nest. The north end is also a site for waterfowl hunting.

The park is open year round, twenty-four hours per day. Boat decals for Lake Vermilion are required. For fee structure, call 217-442-1691. Daily passes are also available.   

Docks at Lake Vermilion boat ramp

The docks below Songer Pavilion are utilized by fishermen, boaters, and tournament fishing clubs.

The first annual Lake Vermilion Clean-up Day was held in June 2002.

Splash in Dash at Lake Vermilion

Splash in Dash at Lake Vermilion

Splash in Dash at Lake Vermilion

Scenes at Lake Vermilion

Scenes at Lake Vermilion

Water skiing is very popular at Lake Vermilion

Jet skiing at Lake Vermilion