MRCA launches campground, resort recognition program

MINNESOTA — The Minnesota Resort & Campground Association has launched a new Century Resort designation to recognize resorts that have been in continuous operation for at least 100 years. Six properties are enrolled as Century Resorts so far:

  • Burntside Lodge, Ely
  • Fair Hills Resort, Detroit Lakes
  • Grand View Lodge, Nisswa
  • Northern Pine Lodge, Park Rapids
  • Pehrson Lodge Resort, Cook
  • Peters Sunset Beach Resort, Glenwood

“Resorts have been a mainstay of Minnesota tourism for well over a century,” said Dan McElroy, MRCA’s executive vice president. “Before the days of air conditioning, interstates and Internet searches, resorts were there to cater to those who desired to cool off by the lake, relax and enjoy recreational pursuits.”

“He added, “Many resorts can name long-time guests who have returned annually for 10, 20 or even 50-plus years. Minnesota resorts are an important part of many vacation traditions and they are where countless treasured family memories are made.”

Properties may enroll as Century Resorts at any time throughout the year. Resorts do not need to be MRCA members to receive the designation.

The six enrolled resorts and any others that enroll by September 1 will be recognized during the MRCA’s 2017 Fall Conference in October at Breezy Point. (Later enrollees will be honored at subsequent conferences.) Each resort will be given a plaque to display, signifying their century status.

A similar designation program has been created for Century Campgrounds in the state, but none have enrolled yet. “We’re not aware of any campgrounds that have achieved century status yet,” said McElroy, “but we know some that are getting close. Camping didn’t really become popular until after World War I.”

Campgrounds may enroll by visiting

Source: Minnesota Resort & Campground Association press release

Ronnie Wendt

Ronnie Wendt

Ronnie Wendt has been a writer/editor for more than 25 years, working in law enforcement, aviation, supply chain and the RV industry. She's not a stranger to RVs, however. She grew up camping, and still camps as many weekends as she can every year. She is the owner of In Good Company Communications and can be reached at

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