Welcome to Lake Michigan Camp & Retreat Center

Lake Michigan Camp & Retreat is now closed for the winter and will reopen May 1, 2021. Group contracts for the summer are now being accepted. Individual camping reservations for 2021 will open Jan. 4.

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. See our calendar page for special events. 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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Events

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Grades
Dates
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Title
Cost
Grades
Dates
05/01/2021-10/15/2021
Event ID

Beautiful, wooded sites just on the other side of the dune from Lake Michigan.

Season: To be determined. We are waiting for governmental restrictions to be lifted. Please check our website for updates.

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

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

 

Title
Cost
$449 through 4/30/21. $470 from 5/1/21
Grades
9 - 13
Dates
07/11/2021-07/17/2021
Event ID
LM21KAYAK

Your summer adventure includes kayaking, hiking, biking and camping to a stunningly beautiful part of our great state: the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore of Lake Superior in the Upper Peninsula. You will explore spectacular cliffs, arches, sea caves by water, as well as beaches, forests, and miles of trails by land.

Dean: Rev. Dan Duncan

Check in: 1 pm Check out: 12 pm

Title
Cost
Through 4/15/21: $449 4/16/21 and on: $470
Grades
6 - 8
Dates
07/18/2021-07/24/2021
Event ID
LM21TRIWAT

The perfect beginner backpacking trip in the Manistee National Forest. Campers learn basic backpacking skills while hiking the North Country Trail Manistee River Loop. One day spent canoeing or kayaking the Pine River.

Deans: Tom Jackson and Connor Jackson

Check in: 1:00 pm Check out: 12:00 pm

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March 2, 2021

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January 27, 2021

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Summer Camp ’21

December 11, 2020

  • 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, Erik Bengston
    Office: 231-869-5627
    reservations: lakemichigancampdirector@umcamping.org
    ebengston@umcamping.org

  • 231-869-5627
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