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on Beautiful Lake Amelia

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One of Minnesota's Best family vacation and fishing Resorts!

"Where friends and families come to vacation!"
Don't let Summer pass you by without a trip to the lake!

Shady Rest Resort and Campground celebrating our 37th year by continuing the great Alexandria MN Family Resorts tradition of offering exceptional individual lakeside cabins, spacious overnight RV campsites, and wonderful seasonal RV camping sites that are perfect for a fishing or family vacation on beautiful Lake Amelia. 

Shady Rest Resort has a history of being one of the favorite resorts in MN and it is very easy to get to. Located only 2 hours from Minneapolis, (midway between Fargo and the Twin Cities),  in the Alexandria Minnesota lakes area near the small towns of Glenwood and Villard.  Our family friendly lake resort features quiet, comfortable, and safe facilities where families and friends can relax by the lake, be together and, at the end of each day, enjoy the wonderful sunsets we are known for. Perfect for your northern MN resort summer vacation.  

Our Cabins and Campground, and seasonal RV park are located on over 30 acres of spacious, shady grounds on the clean, clear waters of Lake Amelia.  Guests have over 950 acres of water for boating and fishing pleasure on Lake Amelia and smaller boats can reach Lake Villard for an additional 530 acres. A small channel connects the 2 lakes. Bring your own boat or rent one of ours

For the golfers there are 6 golf courses within 20 minutes. At the resort we have a small convenience store with live bait, tackle, groceries, tee shirts, sweatshirts, along with an assortment of items that may come in handy. 

At Shady Rest you'll find a great fishing resort, but more importantly, you'll find a great place to spend time with your family and friends. We hope to be your next Minnesota resort vacation destination.   

**NOTE**

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is urging people not to transport firewood to our resorts in MN. It is against the law to transport wood from Hennepin, Ramsey, Houston, or Winona counties in Minnesota. Additional areas may be added soon. The spread of diseases and insects have been devastating our forest and we want to pass along  this message. Please check locally for restrictions in your area.

If you are bringing a boat, remember to leave your boat plug out while traveling. Also check to be sure you have no vegetation or mud on your trailer or boat. Boats, trailers, and any accessories like anchors, bumpers, ski ropes, and life jacket or vests that were exposed to another body of water must be washed to prevent the transportation of evasive species like zebra mussels or milfoil. There are laws and heavy fines for violations. If you care about the lakes that you visit...you will take these precautions to prevent the harming of our lakes in Minnesota.     

Sorry...no pets, jet skis, ATVs, or fireworks allowed

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Shady Rest Resort
16953 142nd Street
Box 178
Villard, MN. 56385
1-888-706-0422
1-320-554-2017

Alexandria MN resort on Lake Amelia - one of the nicest resorts in the area
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Our Commitment to Excellence

We know that choosing a vacation destination or the best Minnesota resort can be difficult, especially one that you have never actually seen. Too many times we hear from our guest that they've stayed at a place that had a great brochure or nice pictures on their web site, but when they arrived it was not at all what they expected. For 37 years, our Family has been establishing a vacation destination with your comfort in mind. We listen to our guests and are continually making improvements in order to continue the tradition of excellence that our guests have come to know. We take pride in the cleanliness of our Cabins and of the Resort grounds. On our Web Site, we made an extra effort in providing as many pictures as possible to give you the best idea of what Shady Rest Resort is like and why so many of our guest come back year after year. Our wish is that you'll start a family tradition of summer vacations at Shady Rest Resort.  "Come on... Let's head to the Lake."

We hope to see you soon!
The Langhoff Family

HISTORY OF SHADY REST RESORT

MN lake resort...Shady Rest Resort 

 

Post card of Shady Rest Resort from the 1920's courtesy of the Thomas Reep family.


The Office and store from the 60's and 70's

Shady Rest Resort has been around since the earliest days of automobile traveling. For most of it's life it has been a combination farm/resort. We have heard stories from our guests of how, many years ago, they would awake to find cattle grazing outside their cabin or how kids would be fascinated by the daily milking of the dairy cows. 

It all started when folks that were traveling through the area and asked if they could rest and spend the night by the lake. Originally that just involved putting up a tent, but then the farmer decided to build some cottages and rent them out to subsidize the farm income. Travelers and vacationers have found it to be a popular place to spend the night or a week or two and enjoy the great fishing and recreation Lake Amelia has to offer. Originally called Reeps Lake Amelia Farm and then Reeps Shady Rest Resort, the resort changed hands only a few times. In 1977 Ron and Eleanor Langhoff purchased the resort and immediately began remodeling and upgrading the facilities. Where old one room cottages stood there are now new 2 or 3 bedroom, full size, lakeside cabins. In 1998, Dan and Dave Langhoff joined the resort and are part of it's operations today. Each year we continue to improve the resort in order for you to have as an enjoyable vacation experience as you can and we promise to do our best to keep up the wonderful tradition that the resort has had over the years. 

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