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 steering committee completed the concept master plan for Vermillion Highlands in spring 2010. View the final report and illustrations here: PDF iconconcept_masterplan.pdf


University of Minnesota research is one of the three uses mandated by law at Vermillion Highlands. One thousand acres of the property are specifically devoted to University research, though the full extent of Vermillion Highlands will be open to University research, education and other mission-related activities. Potential research activities anticipated for Vermillion Highlands include agriculture, wildlife populations and management, ecosystem studies, recreational trail development, renewable energy resource production, climate change, and others.