Disabled Veterans Rest Camp

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Disabled Veterans Rest Camp
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Start Date
July 2011
End Date
September 2012
Activity Type
Capital Development/Rehabilitation
Counties Affected
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Minn. Laws, 2011, 1st Special Session, Chapter 6, Article 4, Sec. 2, Subd. 6
Appropriation Language

Veterans Camps. $475,000 the first year is for grants of $400,000 to the Disabled Veterans Rest Camp located on Big Marine Lake in Washington County and $75,000 the Veterans on the Lake Resort located onĀ Fall Lake in St. Louis County.

2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Direct expenses
Administration costs
Number of full time equivalents funded
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

To provide bath facilities to serve 120 RV and 30 tent campsites. To provide a secure storm shelter for an estimated 179 occupants of the camp. Reduced septic system usage.

Description of Funds
Dept. of Administration costs $4000; Contracted Services $396,000
Recipient Board Members
Al Mitchell, DVRC Board President; Sheldon Sandmann, DVRC Chairman
Project Overview

The Disabled Veterans Rest Camp (DVRC), located on Big Marine Lake in Washington County, is open to all military veterans and military families. Founded in 1926 to help disabled veterans recover from World War I, the non-profit, campground relies on donations and volunteers to host most activities that provide relief and recreation. With so many more Guard and Reserve deployments, more veterans and their families are turning to the camp for family fund and recreation while their loved one is deployed and during the transition back to civilian life.

The DVRC will use grant funds to construct a bathhouse and shelter building to replace the antiquated and non-accessible communal bathhouse facilities that currently serve over 140 RV and camping sites for veterans and their families. The building will also serve as a storm shelter. The proposed bathhouse and shelter will ensure safe and fully accessible use of these facilities for veterans, disabled veterans, and their families, as well as a multipurpose structure for meetins, children's art, recreation and other facilities. Within the shelter, a Heritage Wall will explain the history of the DVRC. The central location of the shelter, near the camp canteen, will form a courtyard between the two structures and a welcoming entrance to the site. Together with the existing facilities at the camp, the new structure will allow more veterans and their families enjoy Minnesota's outdoor traditions for generations to come.

Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Disabled Veterans Rest Camp, Inc.
Street Address
11300 180th Street North
Marine on St. Croix
Zip Code