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


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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.


$135 per person, $115 for 5+ people
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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.

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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."


  • "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.”


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


  • "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!”


  • “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


  • 5807 Ridge Rd
    Pentwater, MI 49449

    Director, Dana Hunt
    Office: 231-869-5627

  • 231-869-5627
  • Directions


The last 24 hours has been a whirlwind at Lake Michigan Camp & Retreat! We said goodbye to the 29’ers, hello to St Matthew UMC (Livonia) mission team and to over 57 friends that helped us prep our camp for winter. From floors being scrubbed, decks being stained, lights being installed, roofs being patched, storage units being cleared out, leaves being raked, more work on the new pole barn, and amazingly all beds, mattresses and platform tents were taken down and stored before the rain began! WOW!!!

The camp will still be open for a few more weekends if anyone wants to come rake leaves or see the new pole barn! But we will be turning water off starting October 19th.
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Thank you for inviting us out.......we love coming out to visit & work.

It was a privilege to serve and enjoy this beautiful camp. Thank you again Dana, DeWayne and Connor for taking such loving care of this treasure.

That is awesome!

Bless all those that have helped.

Even on a cold rainy day concrete inside a pole barn can be poured 😊

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Looks great!!

Looks great. Is electrical in?

Looks like it’s time for a hoedown😀

Looking good

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