Welcome to Lake Michigan Camp & Retreat Center

One of God’s special places, with cool green woods, warm sand dunes, and a beautiful shoreline. Offering cabins, canvas platform tents, and a wide variety of activities. RV and tent campground sites are available for group, family, or individual camping open to the public (May 1-Oct. 15). See our calendar page for special events. Week long residential summer camp for all ages. Contact us for year-round retreat options.

A half mile of pristine Lake Michigan waterfront is calling your name – and Lake Michigan Camp gives you the opportunity to enjoy one of Michigan’s greatest natural treasures. Set just south of Pentwater in the beautiful woods along the sand dunes, Lake Michigan Camp offers a unique camping experience.

At Lake Michigan Camp & Retreat you can:

  • Stand at the top of the dunes and gaze out over the Lake – morning or night!
  • Sit or lie out under the sun or stars.
  • Stroll along the beach all the way to Pentwater Channel.
  • Walk along the ridge of the dune in the company of beautiful trees and bushes.
  • Attend youth summer camps, family camp or reserve part or all of the camp for your group.
  • Experience the many different kinds of trees, plants, birds, and animals throughout the camp.
  • Explore several long trails while cross-country skiing in winter and hiking in summer.

Director, Dana Hunt
Office: 231-869-5627
lakemichigancampdirector@umcamping.org

Events

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05/01/2019-10/15/2019
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Beautiful, wooded sites just on the other side of the dune from Lake Michigan.

Season: May 1 – Oct 15. Please call for post-season sites without hook ups. Now taking reservations for 2019!

Max RV size: 35ft. Most sites are for RVs under 30ft.

Platform canvas tents & cabins: Available by reservation

  • Our campground is open to the public and offers a positive Christian camping experience for individuals, families, groups and churches.
  • Reservations are strongly encouraged, though walk-ins are possible, especially weekdays.
  • Pavilion with kitchen facilities attached is available for group use.
  • Large gathering area with seating for campfires and worship services.
  • Restrooms and shower facilities convenient to campsites.
  • Bikes and kayaks available to registered campers.
  • Calendar of Events
  • Map

Individual Reservations: email campgroundregistrations@umcamping.org or call 989-272-1116.

Group Reservations:  Lake Michigan Camp & Retreat Office, 231-869-5627 or lakemichigancampdirector@umcamping.org.

 

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0
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School ages plus adults
Dates
05/28/2019-06/02/2019
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LM19HMSC

Enjoy a week of camping develop friendships with home school families from across Michigan and Indiana. Guest speakers will challenge our students.  Campers will have time to explore the ecosystems at Lake Michigan Camp, learn about predators, and participate in crafts, archery, soccer, and volleyball. RV and tent sites, bunkhouses, and cabins are available. Contact Lake Michigan Camp and Retreat Center at 231-869-5627 for more information.
Or, select Register to indicate your interest in attending this camp. Fill out the contact information, check out, and complete. There is no charge for telling us you are interested! We will contact you with more information.

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$399 Additional $151 for option of horseback riding,
Grades
2-5
Dates
06/23/2019-06/29/2019
Event ID
LM19EFB

Elementary Faith Builders will explore Biblical towns, villages, and the heroes of the scriptures. This week will be full of fun, friends, and exploration.

Optional activity: Horseback riding lessons, including 3 trail rides. Choose this option when registering – additional fee of $151.

If choosing horse option, registration for this event must be paid in full by May 21, 2019.

Check-in 3 pm; check-out 10 am

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$199
Grades
1-3
Dates
06/23/2019-06/26/2019
Event ID
LM19EFBM

Younger Elementary Faith Builders will explore Biblical towns, villages, and the heroes of the scriptures. This mini week (Sunday to Wednesday) will be full of fun, friendships, and exploration.

Check-in, 3 pm; checkout 10 am

 

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Cost
$399 Additional $151 for option of horseback riding,
Grades
6-8
Dates
06/23/2019-06/29/2019
Event ID
LM19UPB

Are you a night owl? Does staying up late and sleeping in sound like your speed? How about Lake Michigan sunsets, star gazing, beach bonfires, glow games, and a small group atmosphere?  This is camp at a different pace.

Optional activity: Horseback riding lessons, including 3 trail rides. Choose this option when registering – additional fee of $151.

If choosing horse option, registration for this event must be paid in full by May 21, 2019.

Check-in, 3 pm; checkout, 10 am

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Cost
$399 Additional $151 for option of horseback riding
Grades
9-13
Dates
06/23/2019-06/29/2019
Event ID
LM19OEHS

REGISTRATION CLOSED

Experience the awe of being surrounded by trees and wildlife. Listen to the sounds of the forest and the waves on the beach. Explore the 150+acre camp’s plants, animals, and nature connections. Rain or shine, campers will sleep in tents, in a hammock in the woods, or under the stars on the beach. Campers will learn basic survival skills and cook meals on a fire.

Optional activity: Horseback riding lessons, including 3 trail rides. Choose this option when registering – additional fee of $151.

If choosing horse option, registration for this event must be paid in full by May 21, 2019.

Check-in, 3 pm; checkout, 10 am

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  • My relationship with God has definitely grown throughout this week. I was able to know what a good friend is and now I can strive to be one.

    Jamee, Summer Camper

  • Nice big campground with wooded shady sites and beautiful Lake Michigan beach frontage. very friendly and helpful staff, we will definitely be back.

    Cody, RV Campground Camper

  • "I never get homesick at camp, but the rest of the year I get campsick almost every day."

    Summer Camper

  • “Perfect camping location for family and friends. We go there every Memorial and Labor Day weekends."

    Camper

  • "Opened my mind to what is going on in the world and how the bible can help us understand it with an open mind/heart."

    Lucy, Summer Camper

  • The campground is open to the public for individuals, families and groups. The retreat center is available year round.

    Lake Michigan Camp & Retreat

  • "I learned that God loves you no matter what."

    Elementary Summer Camper

  • “I've been coming to camp here with my church family for 20 years. So many wonderful memories! Thank you for working so hard to preserve this beautiful campground.”

    Campers

  • “It's one of the best places to take your family camping, so very peaceful, and the view of the lake is breathtaking.”

    Camper

  • "Watching the sunset from the deck on the beach is my favorite place in the whole world."

    Youth Camper

  • “This is a place that makes it easy to connect with God and His family of souls and saints. A place of regeneration of mind, body, and soul. It is a great part of who I am!”

    Camper

  • “I really love what being at camp and in nature does for people. And so that’s when I feel closest to God.”

    Youth Camper

Contact

  • 5807 Ridge Rd
    Pentwater, MI 49449

    Director, Dana Hunt
    Office: 231-869-5627
    lakemichigancampdirector@umcamping.org

  • 231-869-5627
  • Directions

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Did you know the Lake Michigan Camp & Retreat is unique? We are the only Camp in the Michigan Area United Methodist Camping Organization Family that is a full RV/tent/cabin Family Campground and a Youth Camp. LMC&R is basically two camps at one location. And starting this weekend our camp will be busting at the seams as our north camp becomes FULL with RV / Family Camp events and our south and central is taken over with Youth camps. Please keep all our campers in your prayers. And remember our staff as we seek to be the light to those who come to this special place on the Lake. ... See MoreSee Less

Did you know the Lake Michigan Camp & Retreat is unique?  We are the only Camp in the Michigan Area United Methodist Camping Organization Family that is a full RV/tent/cabin Family Campground and a Youth Camp.  LMC&R is basically two camps at one location. And starting this weekend our camp will be busting at the seams  as our north camp becomes FULL with RV / Family Camp events and our south and central is taken over with Youth camps.   Please keep all our campers in your prayers.  And remember our staff as we seek to be the light to those who come to this special place on the Lake.

 

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Congratulations Dana! You have been working faithfully since your arrival to LMCRC for this very purpose! Kudos!

You are doing a great job, Dana! Thanks for serving at LMCR!!!

See you tonight!! Can't wait for an awesome weekend!!

Can't wait ! 😁

One of my favorite verses! Blessings!

Awesome accomplishment.Shalom

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Do you love camping? Do you love kids? Then Lake Michigan Camp needs YOU!

Our youth camp registration is going so well that several of our new camps options are almost full! But we don’t want to turn any campers away...so, to meet our state regulations we are in need of at least two additional Camp Counselors for our new wilderness camps.

We are looking for a male (age 18+) for Middle School Encounter the week of July 14

We are looking for a female (age 18+) the week of July 21

Must be willing to sleep in a platform tent, on a bed, with 5 kids (not in the same bed), have fun, laugh a lot!

Parents or grandparents can receive a $150 camp voucher by volunteering!

Come join us! Guarantee memories will be made!
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