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

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Title
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Grades
Dates
05/01/2020-10/15/2020
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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.

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

 

Title
Cost
$125
Grades
Adults, Ages 18-29
Dates
05/22/2020-05/25/2020
Event ID
LM20PMCT

An extended weekend kayak trip designed for college-aged young adults (18 – 29). Meet at Camp on Friday evening and depart for a long weekend on the Pere Marquette River. Meals and campsites are included. Return to camp on Monday.

Dean: Rev. Dan Duncan

Check in: 6:00 pm Check out: 2:00 pm

Title
Cost
Campground reservation required, plus $20 per person activity fee (includes tie-dye shirt)
Grades
All ages
Dates
05/27/2020-05/29/2020
Event ID
LM20HSC

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, and participate in crafts, gaming, archery, escape room, soccer, and volleyball. RV and tent sites, bunkhouses, and cabins are available. Contact Lake Michigan Camp and Retreat Center at 231-869-5627 to register. Campground reservation required and per person activity fee (includes tie-dye shirt).

Title
Cost
$100
Grades
Age 13+
Dates
06/21/2020-06/27/2020
Event ID
LM20CSC1

Be part of the team at Lake Michigan Camp & Retreat. Community Service Campers contribute to the camp’s mission serving alongside camp staff helping in the kitchen, assisting with maintenance or hospitality for two hours in the morning and two hours in the evening each day. The rest of the day campers are a part of the age-appropriate youth camp program and enjoy all the favorite camp activities. Limited number of positions. By application only (via online UltraCamp registration). Successful applicants will be notified within 14 days of application and will receive a letter after camp verifying their community service hours. Check in: 3:00 pm Check out: 10:00 am

Title
Cost
Through 4/15/20: $419 4/16/20 and on: $440
Grades
2 - 6
Dates
06/21/2020-06/27/2020
Event ID
LM20FFA

Come spend a week listening to what God has to say about your gifts and talents. Choose workshops such as arts and crafts, creative writing, drama, dance, card making, outdoor cooking, sewing, sports, woodworking, and more! Plus lots of fun camp activities including swimming, kayaking, and star gazing on Lake Michigan (cost includes $20 craft fee).

Horse Option: For an additional fee ($125) add the Horseback Riding option during this camp. Grades 3 and up (max 12 horseback campers per week) enjoy trail rides during the week. Campers must wear long pants (boots are recommended) and have signed liability forms.

Deans: Diane Earles, Nancy Lubovich, and Kylee Werner

Check in: 3:00 pm Check out: 10:00 am

Title
Cost
Through 4/15/20: $399 4/16/20 and on: $420
Grades
6 - 8
Dates
06/21/2020-06/27/2020
Event ID
LM20MSA

High energy outdoor activities, archery, canoes, and more! Experience the awe and wonder of the forest and waves as you learn survival skills and cook over the fire. Sleep in a tent, hammock in the woods or under the stars on the beach.
Horse Option: For an additional fee ($125) add the Horseback Riding option during this camp (max 12 horseback campers per week) enjoy trail rides during the week. Campers must wear long pants (boots are recommended) and have signed liability forms.

Dean: Connor Jackson

Check in: 2:00 pm Check out: 10:00 am

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  • We love this campground. Quiet, well run, and beautiful setting. You will love the sand dunes, walks on the beach and astounding sunsets. We come here every year and are extremely excited about the new camp director and how they are working so hard to make such positive improvements to the entire camp. Will continue to come back every year!

    Brenda, Google Reviewer

  • 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

  • "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."

    Kenneth, Google Reviewer

  • "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

  • We stayed here for 2 nights and it was super peaceful being back in the woods. Great hosts and a great property. There are around 160 acres and 110 campsites that range form tents up to RV's. They even have tents that you can rent out that are already set up. They state that 35 feet is the max but my rig is 37 feet and had no issues at all. Water was good and the power only surged once but it was during a storm. GREAT place to stay if you want to be local to Mears, Silver Lake, Pentwater or even Ludington. With how busy some of the campgrounds can get in those cities, this one is perfect. Updated play-set and dump station this year as well. We will be back for sure.

    Journey with the Jakes, Google Reviewer

  • “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

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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1976 I believe, GT district Creative Arts camp. It was the summer after 3rd grade. I remember playing tether ball, nukum and all those stairs to the beach. I loved all the crafts in the craft hall and especially the camera made from a Pringles can with Terry Salmonson. I had never slept in a tent before. Also fond memories of singing in the dining hall, preparing for parents night and the fire bowl (so powerful). A wonderful first experience brought me lifelong friends and camp every summer thereafter at Lake Mich and then Lake Louise through high school. I was then a counselor at Lake Mich one summer when my daughter first attended and again when she was a junior counselor. ❤️

Honey... I could write a book! :-) first trip there I was bringing up my 4 year old, arriving after dark, flash lights packed in bottom of trunk. Got turned around on map of our beloved campgrounds ⛺️ and ended up at someone else’s tent! So we slept in the car until day light! :-) fun times...

This will be hard to just share the first memory but I can share many memories, that are special to me. The first thing that come to mind is when we would car pool to camp back in the day oh I say 1977, the summer after 4th grade. My parents had a VW Van we would load our sleeping bags in the middle, which is what we sat on. As soon as we would turn at the Bridge in Pentwater the excitement grew!! We new we were all most there. talking about who would be our counselor, who would be in or family, which tent site would we be in. That giddiness still hits me Everytime. My Dad was a counselor every summer for 32 years sometimes twice a summer if a camp was short staffed. (He was a teacher and had summers off) So many time we would drop him off and ask when can we stay?

Dana, I've never made a trip to your camp. I was however privileged to be part of many Champions Clubs and Sales Meetings you organized for RPG. So many memories. 😘

We had creative arts camp- I learned to play a song on guitar and I learned to take pictures with a Pringle can camera. It was amazing!!!! And the cooks dumped a batch of bread dough outside- that baked in the sun! It smelled delicious. And the cantata practice all week long for parents night.

1981- Denny and I were expecting our second child. Brian was 2. Everyone was so helpful and kind. We had no idea what to expect. All we brought were some basics. Personal items, sleeping bags and an electric fry pan. We’ve been coming to camp ever since.

Family camp with Jackson 1st UMC 40+ years ago. Our kids, Matt and Michelle, still bring their kids every year to family camp with Jax 1st. Love this place!

As a senior in high school, 1969, my youth group made a day trip to the camp. The only buildings were part of the craft hall, then the dining hall, and the old restrooms. We had a great day, going over the dune to the big lake.

I have to Ditto what some of you have said. It's the long lasting friendship that were made at camp. Cari Goodwin, Carrie Jorissen, Richard Thayer, Tim Salmonson, Wendy Scott, John Scott, Tina Pointdexter, Laura Murdoch, Angie Engler, oh my So many Friendships 💞 I would love to have a camp reunion sometime 💕🙋🏼‍♀️ Singing in the dinning Hall, at Fire bowl, or when ever you wanted to sing. The Hugs! No matter what you were doing a hug was always there, just because🤗☺️ (no questions ask) Tether ball, Nukum (mind you, you couldn't play anywhere else but camp. It just wasn't the same) sleeping on the Dunes 🌠, Crafts, Swimming in Lake Michigan, Fire bowl - Where I found Jesus! 33 years later as a counselor these memories are still the same. Friendship made and renewed Julie, Cheryl, Dawn Hall, Josh Hall, Cathy Christman, Mike, Tina, Rick, Dave, Sandy, Gayle, Carol, Garrick, Christie, Michelle, and so many more💞 I don't know what it is but talking about camp LMCRC just gets me a giddy and excited. FRIENDS: "and I thank you I thank you can God for all of my friends, and I thank you I thank you God for all of my friends here with me"

Pulling in May first 2019. Great summer

Walking over the dunes to see the lake the week of 2019 Memorial Day, and then taking an ice cold plunge.

Working the grounds and watching the sunset at the end of the day.

Putting up our tents, fire bowl and taking a nature walk when Bill Russell was dean, crawling through the mud. Then being a counselor.

My first memory was dropping my brother off to camp as a little little girl and begging my mom to let me stay. I was probably 4 at the time and literally could not wait till it was my turn :)

Not so much the individual memories, but the Individuals. .. Amy M Fuller, Tina Poindexter, Richard Thayer, Carrie Jorissen, Tonja Nixon Hinkston. I was in-between at my small church. ... too young for the older youth group and too old for the younger. Lake Michigan Camp WAS my youth group.

Sleeping in the tents! I was a mini camper and I remember it was horizontal time and I rolled over and fell up and out of the tent😂😂

My husband proposed to me on your beach 💕

Seeing the red sunset going down to the lake!

Pioneer Camp 1982. ❤️

When we went camping with our Otsego United Methodists church and seeing how beautiful the land was, it’s truly god’s country

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Flip flops, sneakers or barefooted?
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Flip flops as soon as the snow melts and as often as possible. Although I will admit during youth camp close toed shoes are a good idea. Stumps and toes don't mix.

Barefoot.....☺

Barefoot all the time 🙂

No just barefoot. Maybe a flip flop if I have to go somewhere

Flip flops and barefoot

Barefoot

Depends on what your doing

Barefoot👣

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