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It is very hard to condense what I know and feel about Lake Vermilion and expecially the Life of Riley Resort. I have visited the Resort yearly for the past 24 years. The first four or five years, my wife and I spend one week at the Lake. After that we expanded our time to three and sometimes four weeks each year.
I have fished almost every major Bass lake in the Midwest and the southern United States and none has ever produced for me, the munbers of Bass as Vermilion. It is also one of the greatest Muskie lakes in the country and puts out its share of twenty pound Pike. There is no such thing as a 'Bad Day of Fishing' on Vermilion. You can always try for Walleye, Bluegill, Crappies or even Perch if the Bass, Muskie or Pike slow down.
We have always stayed at the Life of Riley Resort because I do not know how you could want anything better for you and your family. You will never meet nicer people than Rock and Lee Gilson, owners and operators of the Life of Riley. We have watched their three children, Josh, Caleb and Sara, grow from babies to responsible college styudents. I have never known a family more dedicated to making your time at their Resort as enjoyable.
The family's involvement in the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts is almost unbelievable. Their participation in Scouting only adds to their knowledge and appreciation of every aspect of the outdoor world (hunting, fishing, canoeing, etc.).
If you are looking for rest, relaxation, great fishing or you just want to enjoy some of the most magnificent scenery, you will be hard pressed to find a better place than the Life of Riley Resort on beautiful Lake Vermilion.
Pat Johnson -- Pendleton, Indiana

Rock and Lee,
I just want to send you guys a quick note to let you know what a great time we had last year and just how much we are looking forward to returning again this year. I can't believe how fast time goes. About twelve years ago my grandfather made a suggestion that we (Grandpa, Dad, and I) should go up to this place he found in Cook, MN and try our hand at fishing for a week. To be honest, I thought that it sounded fun, but wasn't sure about fishing for a whole week. I was 22 at the time and just wasn't sure about a whole week with Dad and Grandpa.
I can now honestly say that this is a trip that I cannot imagine missing out on. Even on that first trip I knew that this was going to become "our" trip. You guys made us feel so welcome that very first year that it has become more of a family reunion than just a fishing trip. What has made it even better over the years is sharing Life of Riley with our friends. Every single person we have brought up has commented on how far your staff goes to help the guests and make them feel at home. The memories that we have made will stay with me forever.
One of my favorite thoughts is: "Life is not about days, weeks, or years, it is about moments. It is about the memories that we make in those moments that we remember for days, weeks, and years". The thing about Life of Riley and your family and staff is that you are able to stretch those moments into one whole week of memories. Whether it is reeling in the big one (or just missing it), playing ping-pong in the game room, disco covering something outdoors, or just relaxing by the lake, looking up at the stars or Northern Lights, Life of Riley is without a doubt the best place to enjoy Lake Vermilion and the Northwoods. Thanks again, Rock and Lee, we can't wait to see you again this year.
Brad Hasecuster -- New Palestine, Indiana

Livin' the "Life of Riley"
The "Life of Riley" resort on scenic Lake Vermilion is truly a fisherman's paradise. For the past 15 years, my brother and I along with many friends have made the trip to Riley's. Besides the excellent multi-species fishing -- musky, walleye, pike, crappie, large/small-mouth bass, perch, blue gill, to name a few -- guests enjoy comfortable cabins and great food ... then, of course, there is the Gilson family -- some of the nicest people you would ever want to spend time with. Not only do they attend to all of your needs, they make you feel like a part of the family! Even after 15 years of coming to this resort, we look forward to it every year! We can truly say for the best week's vacation, you should come to the Life of Riley.
Bill and Jim Kasallis and Friends
p.s. The fishing tounament is a blast!

We could not imagine a better place to vacation than Life of Riley Resort on Norwegian Bay. The quiet, scenic beauty of Norwegian Bay, the great fishing available for so many different fish, and the outstanding staff who really make you feel like "family" when your there. Just the best experience our family has enjoyed for many years.
Our family was not looking for a spa type experience. We were looking for an outstanding resort that was family- friendly and provided a great fishing experience. Life of Riley Resort scores big on both counts, and the location on Norwegian Bay was a great bonus.
Dick Peach -- Chicago, Illinois

There are some places that you just feel good about, and Life of Riley's is such a place. We have been coming there for over ten years now and look forward to returning each year. It is hard to pick out just one thing that makes Riley's special, it is a little bit of everything that keeps us coming back. I guess the best way to sum up the Riley experience was a couple of years ago when as we turned into the entrance, our youngest son said "Dad we're home".
Rick & Wendy Brown & Family

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Life of Riley Resort -- Box 1147, Cook, MN 55723