|Photo of Camp Cozy dated approximately 1938|
courtesy of LeeAnn Watzke
Camp Cozy, Elk River experienced several different lives as a resort and gathering place in Elk River. Originally created as a resort for overnight guests and campground, many regarded Camp Cozy as a technological marvel. In 1925 A. W. and J. B. Jesperson created a series of canals and flues allowing canoes to float over and around, up and down the Elk River. Unfortunately, their resort failed with the economic downturn of the depression.
Late in the 1930s a bar/dance hall/ roller skating rink, and fast food joint reopened at Camp Cozy. This gathering place for Elk River residents kept the city entertained for nearly twenty years before portions of the resort burned and the remainder sold. Yet, Camp Cozy held a distinctive position in the history of Elk River keeping visitors and city residents entertained for many years.
While researching Camp Cozy, the lack of information became terribly apparent. If anyone would like to share photos, or memories of Camp Cozy, please contact the Sherburne History Center. We would like to hear from you.