Onamuni is the Ojibwe name for Lake Vermillion. I was fortunate enough to spend a few days relaxing on a small island in the quiet beauty of this northeastern Minnesota lake.
Called the “Land of 10,00 Lakes” there’s actually over 15,000. Minnesota is the Dakota name for “sky-tinted water”.
Lake Vermillion is dotted with many rocky islands, ranging from tiny to large. We stayed on one about the size of a city block. Here was our view.
I could hike around the entire island in just a few minutes.
Visitors occasionally stay in the island’s only building, a house, so nature is pretty much left alone here.
Some of the planet’s oldest rocks are right here.
Raspberries were everywhere! You bet I snacked on warm, ripe berries during my stroll.
I noticed lots of bees too.
An eagle’s nest takes center stage.
THIS is why the Ojibwe called this lake Onamuni, lake of the sunset glow…
The sound of the waves and the calls of the loon lulled me to sleep every night.
I’ve seen 21 countries and many states but my Minnesota ranks among the highest in beauty.