Camping at Shady Rest Resort

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Here at Shady Rest near Alexandria Minnesota, we welcome overnight campers and seasonal camping with a wonderful park-like setting on beautiful Lake Amelia, clean facilities, safe beach, great fishing and most importantly, a family vacation environment. We welcome individual families, small groups  and family reunions. Please review our General Resort Policies below.  


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e-mail: vacation@shadyrestresort.com


Shady Rest Resort
16953 142nd Street
Box 178
Villard, MN. 56385



We take pride in maintaining a clean, well groomed campground. All of our RV campsites are well spaced and have plenty of shade and grass. Each has its own picnic table, fire ring and access to the shower facilities. We have 7 sites that are near the lake, (sites A-F & Lilac), 3 sites located up by the store, (sites M, N and S), and 8 sites by the upper playground, (sites G-L, P, & PH).

RV sites C - D - E & F
(sites "C", "D", "E", "F")


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Rates for 2023

2 night minimum... Holidays - 3 night minimum

Sites A-F, M, N, S & lilac includes electric-water-sewer A-F and lilac have softened and conditioned water. Wireless internet connection can be reached at these sites.

Sites G-L, P, R, includes electric and water only.

                     you must be 21 to rent a campsite                      

Check in is after 2pm - Check out is before 1pm. If you do not show on the 1st day of your reservation and you still plan on coming, please call to inform us otherwise we will consider it a no-show and rent the site to someone else.

Bringing a Boat: If you are bringing a boat, we usually have a boat slip available at no charge BUT they are not guaranteed. If you are bring more then 1 boat, there is a $6 extra boat charge per day. NO BOAT OR TRAILER IS ALLOWED TO BE PARKED AT SITES A-F, M, N, S, OR LILAC.

Rates subject to change. All rates subject to Minnesota sales tax. 

No Pets - No Jet Skis - No ATV's - No Fireworks

Resort General Policy: To maintain a family setting, we do not allow loud, obnoxious, distasteful behavior or language at any time. Our quiet hours are from 11pm to 8am. Disturbing any guest with loud voices, music or other means that prevents other guest from sleeping, relaxing or enjoying themselves will not be tolerated. During quiet hours we expect children to be supervised.

Deposits: $50.00 for short stays (2 nights)...$75 for 3 nights or Holiday weekends...$100.00 for 4 nights- week. Deposit must be received within 5 days after for made your reservation to secure your site. We accept check, money order, Discover, Visa or Master Card. Credit cards can be accepted over the phone.
Cancellation Policy: Deposits are not refundable.  
Visitor Policy: For the privacy and security of all our resort guest, please limit visitors. Your campsite is only for those registered and does not include additional visitors, guest, neighbors or relatives. Minnesota State Law sections 327.10 to 327.13 requires everyone that comes to a private resort be registered. There is a fee of $5.00 per person, per day including babies. If you are expecting visitors, please make sure they are aware of our rules and fees before they arrive. Visitors must have a car pass and park in designated area. All visitors must leave by 9pm.

Failure to abide by any resort policy may result in eviction without refund.

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Rental policy

Did you know that the first pontoon was made in Minnesota? Ambrose Weeres of Richmond Minnesota built the first pontoon in 1951. It was made by welding together fifty-gallon oil drums topped with plywood, carpet, wood railings, and an outboard motor. Our pontoons are much more modern. All have electric starters, some have fish finders and live well. 

          Lake Amelia is a wonderful lake for a pontoon. Our rentals are very popular.

You are responsible for any damage that may occur to your rental unit while in your care. A credit card and a signed damage agreement along with a damage deposit may be needed before rental will be issued. Damage deposit will be returned after inspection and no unreasonable damage has occurred or excessive cleaning is needed. If you would like to reserve a boat, motor or pontoon - a deposit may be required. If you decide to cancel the boat rental, your deposit will be forfeited. 

Fishing Boats

14ft Aluminum Boat: 

Motors:  8hp Yamaha.

14ft Boat/Motor Combo: gas not included in rates

Pontoons Rentals: We have 4 pontoons for rent. All are similar. Gas not included in rates

Custom Deluxe Pontoons: (fish finder, live well, accommodates 8)

Life jackets come with the rentals- Gas and sales tax is not included in rates. Boat, motors and pontoon rentals minimum 4 hour rental. 


Boat Launching (in and out)....$6.00 for visitors... for our guests there is no charge.

Boat lifts (must be reserved in advance - state the weight of boat for proper fit)

Paddle boats........................$3.00 per hour
Canoe..................................$3.00 per hour
Kayak...................................$5.00 per hour


Fish Finder....... $5/day when available

Dump Station for non guest............$10.00
Bundle of wood..................................$6.00

*All rate subject to Minnesota Sales Tax. Prices subject to change.*


Seasonal Sites

We have 70 seasonal RV sites and 16 seasonal mobile home sites. Each site has water, sewer and electric. Rates include water, sewer, and winter storage at the site. All sites have 50 amp service, all are metered.

Lots are leased to the owner of the RV or mobile home, 1 family only. Family includes husband, wife and unmarried children under 19 years of age. ALL others are considered visitors or guests and must be registered and charged separately. The visitor fee is $5 per day, overnight stay is $10.

The seasonal sites have the same policies as the over night RV sites. We do not allow pets, jet skis, atv's, fireworks, or firearms. 

Seasonal rates 2023: RV's range from $2300.00 - $2350.00 depending on location. Mobile Homes range from $2750.00- $2800.00 depending on location. (For the Mobile Homes, propane and electric are metered separately) 

We have a limited number of boat slips, call for details.

We do not allow pets, jet skis, ATV's or fireworks.

Please click here for details on the RV's for sale or the open lots


e-mail: vacation@shadyrestresort.com

Shady Rest Resort & Campground
16953 142nd Street
Box 178
Villard, MN. 56385


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