Resort Owner Elected to Head Minn. Association

December 6, 2012 by · Comments Off on Resort Owner Elected to Head Minn. Association 

Dan Berg, owner of Lakecrest Resort, Detroit Lakes, Minn., has been named president of the Minnesota Resort & Campground Association for 2013.

The announcement was made during the organization’s Annual Meeting Oct. 24 at the MRCA Fall Conference at Breezy Point Resort, Breezy Point, reported.

Berg grew up in St. Paul and as a child, always felt a pull to live and work around water.

That desire continued as he participated in Bay Lake Camp in Deerwood, Minn., as both a camper and camp employee as a teenager. His passion for nature grew, and Berg went on to study park management and business at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, while also completing summer internships at private campgrounds.

After graduation, Berg jumped at the opportunity to work for a membership resort company in Norway, Ill., and then in Wisconsin, Virginia, Texas and Michigan. In 1995, Berg and his wife, Sandy, wanted to move back to Minnesota to be closer to family.

To begin looking for a job, Berg’s first call was to the then-named Minnesota Resort Association.

“I decided that to meet all of the important people in the industry, I needed to attend the Fall Conference to see what possibilities were out there,” Berg explained in his speech given to Fall Conference attendees.

He connected with resort owners who suggested buying his own resort. And, in 1998, Berg did just that, purchasing Lakecrest Resort as well as a dock sales business.

Lakecrest Resort is located just two miles from Detroit Lakes and features 17 cabins on 16 acres of land on the north end of Long Lake.

Berg and his wife have three children and he credits his family as the most valuable assets to running the property.

Berg joined the association’s board in 2000 and looks forward to his year as president and sees great momentum in the coming months.

“This organization is made up of you and I working together to achieve goals,” Berg said in his speech. “We have to continue to stand up, be heard and tell our stories.”

During the annual meeting, the other board officials were announced for 2013:

  • Bryan Harris – Eagle Nest Lodge, Deer River.
  • Jim DeRose— Riverside Resort, Richmond.
  • Beth Schupp— Fair Hills Resort, Detroit Lakes.
  • Tom Kavanaugh – Kavanaugh’s Sylvan Lake Resort, East Gull Lake.



Storms Affect Campers’ Mindsets in Minnesota

July 12, 2012 by · Comments Off on Storms Affect Campers’ Mindsets in Minnesota 

Minnesota’s resorts and campgrounds just completed a  terrific 4th of July week and the Minnesota Resort & Campground Association (MRCA) wants to make sure that people know there are still plenty of openings for the remainder of the summer and into fall.

An informal survey of MRCA members shows that many destinations still have vacancies for even peak times, reported.

While the state has seen storm damage around Duluth and more recently in areas around Grand Rapids and Bemidji, almost all tourism businesses in the state are operating at full capacity and are eager to welcome visitors. Some North Shore resorts in particular have been unfairly affected by Duluth flooding.

“Some properties saw numerous cancellations from all the negative news coverage,” said MRCA Executive Vice President Dan McElroy, “but they’re an hour or more away from the affected area.”

MRCA President Tom Kavanaugh (Kavanaugh’s Sylvan Lake Resort, Brainerd) says that the industry is changing.

“While we appreciate advance reservations made several months ahead, the fact is that we’re seeing a lot of short-range planning today. That means many resorts and campgrounds often have openings until the last minute so don’t assume that you’re too late to get in at your preferred tourism destination.”

Kavanaugh noted that it’s a fantastic summer to visit a Minnesota resort or campground. “We’ve had wonderful temperatures, the foliage is green and lush and the lakes are warm. We’d love to have people calling us for reservations, even at the last minute, and I’m sure any resort or campground would welcome last minute inquiries!”

Jay Cooke State Park, located about 20 miles south of Duluth, is one of the state parks currently closed due to severe damage caused by flooding in June. The park will remain closed until repairs can be made to State Highway 210, which provides the only vehicle access to the park. All reservations through Oct. 31 have been cancelled and full refunds are being issued. No new reservations will be taken until further notice.