The Vermilion River is somewhat unique to our typically flat and corn filled area. The river offers scenic paddle trips, pretty good fishing and the only "white water" around.
Wildcat Canyon image shamelessly stolen from Stray Casts
Last year, Buzzi Unicern cement company closed the portion of the Vermillion they own. The move followed some accidents and a tragic drowning in the vicinity of a dam on their property. Details of the new deal can be found here and here. No mention of when the waters will reopen, but there are some details about safety precautions the state has agreed to implement.
- The DNR must place large cement blocks in the deep hole below the dam to eliminate the dangerous current that capsizes boats.
- The DNR must install buoys and signs in the area warning boaters and rafters of potential dangers.
- The DNR must remove steel reinforcement bar that juts out from concrete at the site and poses a hazard to boaters.
I have never fished the Vermilion, but something tells me that will change this year.