Why choose Lakeside Retreats?

Breathtaking Properties

Lakeside Retreats are breathtaking properties in New England and Michigan that operate as children's summer camps in July and August. Recognized as some of the best facilities and programs in the industry, our camps are set in spectacular natural settings. Groups of all sizes can enjoy family-style dining, cabins with private, semi-private and group living, outdoor activities and flexible meeting/gathering spaces.

Variety of Sites

With many camps from which to choose, we can match you with the best property for your specific needs whether it's regulation size athletic fields, teambuilding challenge courses, or meeting space. Many of our properties have highly specialized facilities that can be used for varying purposes, such as a collegiate indoor basketball arena, a gymnastics center with a 1,764-square-foot competition spring floor, or a lakeside sundeck perfect for yoga.

Great Locations

With Lakeside Retreats you can be close to home we have properties within a 3-hour drive from New York, Boston, Detroit, and Chicago. Some groups who return year after year choose the same property - like a home away from home. Others love offering their members variety and trying all our different properties.

Affordable Retreats

With all-inclusive pricing and packages for our rustic dining and lodging facilities, Lakeside Retreats is very affordable. Our affordability is an advantage for groups on a budget, for groups who wish to put their dollars towards special programs and activities, and for groups who have members from a wide array of financial backgrounds.

Great Value

Our lodgings are simple, clean, group-oriented cabins (some private housing also available) and our food is healthy and hearty fare. We feature state-of-the-art sporting facilities and a preserved natural environment, fresh air, beautiful lake and mountain vistas, gorgeous wooded acreage, and the best outdoor facilities around as well as our personalized service.

Customized Experience

At Lakeside Retreats your experience is customized. Whether you need a ropes course facilitator or a lifeguard for swimming, we'll staff your event to meet your needs. We can arrange linen rentals or custom menus to satisfy all dietary needs.

Great for Kids

We are camp people so kids are our specialty. We love to organize kid-friendly activities like challenge courses, climbing walls, scavenger hunts, arts & crafts, and relay races. Cookouts and campfires are always a big hit (with the adults too!). Supervised waterfront activities such as canoeing and kayaking can also be arranged.

Seasonal Availability

Lakeside Retreats are available to private groups when camps are not in session, from April to mid-June and mid-August through October. Some of our properties have winterized, year-round accommodations.

What People Are Saying about Lakeside Retreats

Northampton High Football team had a great time at Camp Winadu, wish we could have stayed longer! The facilities and fields were very good and our players thought the food was excellent. More than enough too, which is always big with high school football players. Our bunk location being near the practice fields and the basketball dome was a homerun for us. We were able to accomplish everything we wanted to during our stay. With the pool and weight room as well we had a superb location for our preseason camp! We look forward to repeating our experience again next year.
All the best,
Ken O'Brien, Head Coach-Northampton HS Football

I can't thank you and your staff enough for the great Soccer camp we held at Camp Winadu this summer. Over the 4 days and 3 nights we were there everything was perfect. You staff was extremely friendly and accommodating and they went out of their way to make us comfortable, stress free and happy. My girls soccer team loved the experience, and have already asked to go back next year. Which, of course we, will gladly do.
Curtis Snyder
Guildeland HS Girls' Varsity Soccer Coach

Having our Cross Country camp at Camp Winadu is a great experience. They can not do enough for you and they seem to really care about what we want to accomplish. We love coming to this great camp.
Frank Mooney - Director, Westwood Cross Country

We want to thank you and your staff for an absolutely wonderful wedding weekend at bucolic Camp Danbee. The Camp setting is beautiful and your cabins pristine. The food was great, and several guests remarked about the high quality of the meals. The staff couldn't have been nicer and more helpful. Mark you are the best! Offering to drive my 85 year old Aunt and Uncle in the golf cart, allowing the Bride to change in your personal home. Every step of the way you helped us out and made this an extremely pleasurable and memorable wedding weekend.
Our guests were clearly enamored with Camp Danbee too.
Thank you all of you!!
Marilyn and Carl Hirsch

"I wanted to take this opportunity to express our extreme appreciation of the fantastic conditions that we encountered during our stay [at Winadu]. I was extremely please to work with Anthony, he really went above and beyond the call of duty in order to accommodate us.
Any time we had a question, problem, or concern, he ensured that our needs were fully met. We came to a clean, well-maintained building, and were served delicious food. In my career, and in life in general, I have found it rare to find people that are so accommodating and kind... Thanks for your help again!"


"I wanted to compliment the job that [you and your staff] did. The staff was well prepared for our visit. The fields were lined, bunks assigned for both the players, female managers, assistant coaches and our head coach. Everyone was very happy with their accommodations and the kids seemed to really enjoy themselves.

Meals were prepared on time and there was an abundance of food. It was nice having cereal, fruit and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches available at all times. When things came up during our stay, [you all were] very easy to deal with and helpful. Hopefully [our visit] will help us build a winning team...

After the dust settles, lets talk about next year. Go Trojans!!!"


"Just wanted to drop in a line to let you know that our children had a wonderful time. Josh and his team made our experience at [Mah-Kee-Nac] a memorable one.
The staff was wonderful and they helped us out in all respects. [The] kitchen staff was especially friendly and always delivered smiles with good food. Luke very patiently taught our kids archery. We look forward to a long-term relationship with Lakeside Retreats. Let's get together to plan for next year. Thanks!"


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Camp Watitoh Camp Winadu Camp Wicosuta Camp Akeela Camp Cobbossee Camp Danbee Camp Greenwoods Camp for Boys Camp Kippewa Camp Lake of the Woods Camp for Girls Camp Winaukee Camp Mahkeenac