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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Cost
Grades
Dates
Event ID
Title
Cost
$135 per person, $115 for 5+ people
Grades
9-12
Dates
02/14/2020-02/16/2020
Event ID
LM20HSW

Tour the winter wonderland of Lake Michigan during an relaxed President’s Day weekend. Make new friends and renew friendships of the past during this weekend full of wild winter games, crafts, snow tubing or ice hockey, a service project, snow painting, dig deeper in the Bible, and late nights around the fireplace drinking hot cocoa.

Deans: Becky Burton and Joel Hamstra

Questions? Call Lake Michigan Camp & Retreat, 231-869-5317 or email lakemichigancampdirector@umcamping.org

Check-in 7 pm; checkout noon.

Title
Cost
Grades
Dates
05/01/2020-10/15/2020
Event ID

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

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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

Facebook

This major event just happened at Lake Michigan Camp - the meeting of two major efforts that began less than 8 months ago.

First was the need for a place to work and store items at the camp - a pole barn. Our commitment was to build it in stages as funds were raised. In 3 months you donated over $35,000 and the building process began.

And while still raising funds for the Pole Barn the need for updating our platform tents became apparent and another $25,000 was donated.

Today, UPS pulled up to that new Pole Barn and delivered 11 new extended platform tents. 11 new extended platform tents that are now stored in the camp’s new pole barn! Two big wins for Lake Michigan Camp & Retreat and our guests... all this happened in the last 8 months!

I bet you can’t wait to see your camp this summer!
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We loved staying the new tents last year. Hope we get one this year. FUMC-Jackson

Yay!!! ❤️this!

Awesome. So great. .love that camp

We love our camp!

Thank you for taking such good care of one of our favorite places.

Thank you to everyone who donated funds or time with getting the camp closed down or opened up!

Looks like a wearhouse ☺️ Going to be a fun filled summer with New Tents

I cant believe those tents fit in those boxes!

Looking forward to seeing all of the new tents!!

YAY!!! How exciting! 🙂

That is great!!!

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