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About Us

Vacations For Veterans, Disabled Public, Their Families & Friends

Unlike the average vacationer’s resort, Veterans on the Lake has a unique historic background for why it was founded. In 1982, Disabled Veterans Recreation, Inc. was organized by a group of northeastern Minnesota citizens passionate about finding adequate recreational resources for veterans. Originally the Disabled Veterans Recreation, Inc., Veterans on the Lake was started for the sole purpose of creating a recreational facility for disabled veterans to enjoy vacations. As a non-profit facility, this recreational location was designed to and currently serves the needs of disabled veterans, able bodied veterans, active duty military, their families, and friends.

Many vacations are enjoyed every year and many of our guests travel long and difficult distances to attend our fine facilities. With the help from supportive community members and you, it is possible to make their stay the most relaxing and convenient vacation of their year. To learn how you can contribute please visit our donation page.

In conjunction with the US Forest Service and the provisions of the Boundary Waters Canoe Wilderness Act of 1978, we provide lodging and accommodations inside the Superior National Forest area for your enjoyment and pleasure.

Groups That Use Our Facility:

  • Fergus Falls Veterans Home
  • Paralyzed Veterans of America 
  • Navy Chiefs 
  • Minnesota Sled Hockey
  • 23rd Veteran
  • DAV
  • VFW
  • American Legion

Eligibility Requirements For Reservations:

All are welcome at Veterans on the Lake. While we first cater to the disabled Veteran, we welcome the disabled public, their friends and families. 


Volunteers at Veterans on the Lake Resort are the best supporters and advocates. Volunteer hours recorded at the resort in 2005 total 10,150 hours. Volunteers include Board Members, Honorary Board Members, Orators and Fundraising Event Assistants. Volunteers also aid VOTLR staff in service to its guest in areas of maintenance, housekeeping, cooking, table service, office administration, fishing guides and volunteer coordinators. The generous donation of time and knowledge helps VOTLR achieve its mission and work toward accomplishing its vision.

Partnerships & Fundraisers:

Veterans on the Lake Resort has established successful partnerships with organizations as a vehicle for broadcasting its mission, conducting fundraising events and recruiting new volunteers. Many veterans’ service organizations host meals to generate donations for the resort and to offer a venue for the VOTLR Board members to make informative presentations to the public.


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Donor Acknowledgements:

Veterans on the Lake is a 501(c)(3) who would like to acknowledge the donors who help make VOTL what it is today. Whether it's been a monetary donation, volunteering or working on the ongoing projects here at the resort. Your commitment to our Nation's Heroes has made a difference.