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Laketrails Base Camp
Oak Island, MN

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Pier 25
Oak Island, MN 56741

Laketrails Base Camp
P.O. Box 810
Warroad, MN  56763

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CAMPER AGES: 13-18 and middle school youth having completed grade 6

TYPE OF CAMP: Overnight/Sleepaway. 9-day sessions

CAMPER GENDER(S): Coed Campers.

AFFILIATION(S): Christian.

BRIEF CAMP DESCRIPTION: Laketrails specializes in wilderness canoeing and camping adventures for teens and middle school youth. Our 9-day sessions include time in Base Camp before and after a 5-6-day canoe trip into the Canadian waters and islands of Lake of the Woods. Key activities include canoeing, swimming, fishing, and campfires. Bus transportation is included along with meals and camping equipment. No canoeing or camping experience is necessary. Register today!

Swimming, Waterfront/Aquatics, Team Sports, Adventure, Travel, Wilderness/Nature, and more. Canoeing & Wilderness Camping
Environment/Nature Awareness & Conservation

TOP MINNESOTA SUMMER CAMP: Laketrails Base Camp is a Top Summer Camp located in Oak Island Minnesota offering many fun and enriching camp programs. Laketrails Base Camp also offers CIT/LIT and/or Teen Leadership Opportunities, too.

CAMP LOCATION: Laketrails is located on Oak Island in Lake of the Woods, about 6 miles from the mainland in the extreme northern area of Minnesota. We are found in the very unique Northwest Angle region of MN approximately 65 miles from the nearest U.S. towns of Roseau and Warroad, MN. The Base Camp location encompasses 17 wooded acres with rustic cabins, and it lies adjacent to our 250+ acres of wooded wilderness on the main part of Oak Island. Check out our website and this link to the Laketrails Photo Gallery: Our Camp Website Link:

CAMP FACILITIES: Campers sleep in tents while on their 5-6 day canoe trips. Base Camp accommodations include 7 rustic camper cabins with bunks, our main Lodge where meals are served, the Chart House, or program building; a sauna, a large campfire area, and the Wilderness Building for trip food and equipment. Walking paths connect the facilities with an open yard for games and gatherings near the Lodge. All areas provide beautiful views of Lake of the Woods.

CAMP PROGRAM INFO: "Unconditional acceptance" has been the hallmark of Laketrails since 1952. We believe every teen should be accepted for who they are, and we seek to develop empowered youth by teaching a healthy appreciation of nature, community living, and the gift of themselves. Teens gain a true sense of confidence and competence while paddling their way into the Canadian wilderness.

Nearly all activities at Laketrails involve the water! Swimming, beach games, fishing, Fun-yaks, canoeing, and campfires are all popular pastimes. A 5-6 day canoe trip through the island wilderness of Ontario is at the heart of our 9-day program.

Laketrails staff is certified in Wilderness First Aid and CPR, and well-trained in safety protocols, wilderness travel, and communication. To best serve our campers, a 1:5 ratio is maintained between staff and campers. We are proudly accredited by the American Camp Association. Please visit our website, Our Camp Website Link:, for more information.

CAMP LEADERSHIP CIT/LIT PROGRAMS: Developing leadership skills is an inherent by-product of the Laketrails program. Youth are actively involved in planning their canoe trips, and by the end of their trail experience have developed an important sense of leadership and competence by contributing to the success of their group. Returning campers are eligible to apply for our Camper-Worker program which is a leadership position for campers.

CAMP SCHOLARSHIPS OR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE: At Laketrails we believe no one should be deprived of the opportunity to experience a wilderness adventure because of a lack of finances. Therefore, we are pleased to be able to offer financial aid for campers in need. Campers who qualify for free/reduced school lunch automatically qualify for our financial aid. Please complete our "campership" application: Our Camp Website Link:

FAMILY CAMP SESSION(S): In addition to our regular youth camping program, Laketrails offers a women's canoe trip. Dates this year are July 19-27, 2020.

Laketrails is also hosting the Lake of the Woods Artists' Retreat to be held Sept. 10-13, 2018.

Call our camp office at 800-450-6460 or visit Our Camp Website Link: for more information on either program.

OTHER CAMP INFO: Laketrails sessions accommodate anywhere from 30-60 campers and focus on a unique combination of personal growth and a wilderness experience. We constantly seek to develop each camper's appreciation for themselves, their natural environment, and their sense of community. Transportation to our remote location is provided by a bus route originating near Minneapolis, MN. Please feel welcome to call 800-450-6460 with questions, or visit our website, Our Camp Website Link:, to learn more. Laketrails--it's a wilderness adventure you'll never forget!

Session 1--full
Session 2--June 30-July 8 ($570)
Session 2F--June 30-July 8 ($570--fishing emphasis)
Session 3--July 10-18 ($780)
Session 4--full
Women's canoe trip--July 19-27 ($500)
Session 5--July 29-Aug. 6 (Middle school) ($780)
Session 6--Aug. 9-17 ($780)

Lake of the Woods Artists' Retreat--Sept. 10-13 ($300)

Visit Our Camp Website Link: or call 800-450-6460 for more information.

Laketrails is currently hiring individuals who love working with teens in the outdoors for our "Guide" positions.  Job responsibilities include guiding wilderness canoe trips, supervision of campers in Base Camp and on trail, and assisting with general maintenance in Base Camp. 

We are also hiring for the positions of Camp Cook and Wilderness Food Manager.  Both positions involve ordering food on a weekly basis, proper storage of foods, and working with teens.  Enjoy our relaxed, beautiful, and fun work environment!

Visit our website at Our Camp Website Link:, or link directly to Our Camp Website Link:  Call Sue at 800-450-6460 with any questions.

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