Thanks to grant funding in 2016 from the IRRRB’s Culture and Tourism Program, the RV Dump Station at the Clair Nelson Center is operational now and will be open starting in June of 2017. This is a location where visitors to the area can empty their waste tanks from their recreational vehicles safely and properly.
The project has taken a long time to complete due to lack of funds. A tank was purchased and installed in 2012, but the alarm wasn’t hooked up and the gravel pad sloped the wrong direction. Now, thanks to the Culture and Tourism grant from IRRRB, as well as a generous in-kind donation of gravel from Northland Constructors and the efforts of Crystal Bay Township’s Road Supervisor, Doug Perfetto, as well as Township Supervisor Paul Hartshorn, there is a cement basin with better drainage, a working alarm, a motion light, a donation box, more signage, and the gravel pad is larger and much improved.
Having a functioning RV dump station on the site of the Clair Nelson Community Center is outlined in Crystal Bay Township’s Comprehensive Plan. This also fits with an eventual goal of developing RV hookups and other campground amenities on or near the site in the future.
The Clair Nelson Center is owned by the Town of Crystal Bay and managed by the Friends of the Finland Community, a 501(c)3 nonprofit. These two entities work in partnership for the public good, with the goal of implementing the Crystal Bay Township Comprehensive Plan.
The Clair Nelson Center and RV Dump Station are located about one mile outside of Finland, MN on County Road 7/Cramer Road on the south side of the road.
There is another RV Dump Station in Silver Bay, 12 miles away from Finland, MN.