On October 12, a group of Chapter 11 Disabled American Veterans (DAV) members were en route for three days of fall fishing at Veterans on the Lake Resort located on Fall Lake, four miles from Ely and bordered by the Boundary Waters Canoe Wilderness Zone.
Bob Brandt, Russ Philstrom, Ted Landgren, Charlie Wilkelius, Stan Nix, Dave Paulson, Brad Ennis, Ron Keil and Jeff Workman enjoyed the fishing, comfortable accommodations and beautiful scenery. Twenty-five fish were caught (bass, walleye and northern) – enough for excellent fry and a few to take home. Of course there was also a lot of card games in the evening and a chill out time for everyone. There was one caveat – not all vets catch fish – but it’s fishing!
Veterans on the Lake, open year round, is accessible to veterans, the disabled public, their families and friends and offers great service and great amenities at a reduced price. In 1982, Disabled Veterans Recreation Inc. was organized by a group of Northwestern Minnesota citizens who were passionate about finding adequate recreational resources for veterans. Veterans on the Lake was founded for the sole purpose of creating a recreation center for disabled veterans so that they can enjoy their vacations.
As a non-profit facility, this recreation venue was designed to meet the needs of disabled veterans, able-bodied veterans, active duty military personnel, their families and friends. In conjunction with the US Forest Service and the provisions of the BWCWA Act of 1978, they provide housing within the upper forest zone.
People making reservations must fall into one of the following categories: disabled veterans; survivors of deceased disabled veterans or survivors of veterans killed in action; veterans aged 65 or over; disabled non-veteran; active service member or valid veteran.
A variety of cabins (1-2-3-5-6 bedrooms) with fully equipped kitchens are available, minimum stay of one week or two nights. Each cabin has free dock space with a free 16 foot boat included; engines available for hire. Also included are satellite TV, heaters, air conditioning, Weber charcoal barbecue, DVD player, linens, non-smoking and dog-friendly areas. They also have canoes, kayaks and pontoons for rent as well as an on-site gift shop with clothing, tackle, live bait and gasoline.
Amenities available are a wood-fired sauna, three designated campfire areas, tennis, basketball hoops, shuffleboard, horseshoe, lawn games, and two small play areas. A heated outdoor swimming pool is open in June until the weather permits; a sandy beach is also available. Motorhome sites have electrical hookups with water available (not at each individual site).
Winter activities include accessibility to the Tomahawk and Taconite trails for snowmobiling and cross-country skiing within an eight-kilometer radius. Fish house rentals are also available.
Veterans on the Lake Resort has something for everyone and can be the perfect location for your next family vacation or a group fishing trip. DAV members would return with enthusiasm.