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General Info

Phone Number:
(651) 433-2699

State: Minnesota

Zip: 55047

Veterans Campground on Big Marine Lake is a family campground that provides facilities and opportunities for recreation, rest, and recovery for all military veterans who have served honorably in the Armed Forces of the United States, their families, and sponsored guests.

History of Veterans Campground on Big Marine Lake

In 1926, the Disabled Veterans Rest Camp (DVRC) started from a local farm that was donated to help disabled veterans recover from World War I. The original main farmhouse was converted to a dormitory-type house for these shell-shocked veterans. During WW II, shell-shocked was called battle fatigue; today it is called post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Through the years the camp’s main focus of providing rest and recreation for military and veterans has not changed, only the names of the campground and of disabled veterans’ afflictions.

Today the campground is open to all military veterans who are currently serving or have been Honorably Discharged, veteran families, and sponsored guests of the veteran. The campground has a wide variety of recreational activities for the entire family, to include camping (cabins, tents, and RV sites), boating, fishing, tubing, swimming, softball, volleyball, horseshoes, canteen, game room, lending library, and a spacious outdoor pavilions for parties, reunions, gatherings, and picnics.

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