In response to the current health crisis, we have made the difficult yet responsible decision to suspend all 2020 summer camp programs. Clearwater Forest will remain open for rental groups that follow the state health department’s guidelines. Join us online for Virtual Summer Camp the weeks of Jun 28 – Jul 3 & July 6 – 10.
As we do our part to slow the spread of COVID-19, please check this document for updates to programs, events and meetings. Thank you for your continued support of our mission and the families, communities and youth we serve.
Cancellation Policy Update
A stunningly beautiful camp and retreat setting on Clearwater Lake in central Minnesota, Clearwater Forest has been changing lives in God’s woods and waters since 1954. Come find beauty, peace, renewal, joy, connection and spirit, while enjoying acres of pristine forest and lake shore. Clearwater is a place to unplug and rejuvenate with the power of nature.
Clearwater Forest has programming available for all ages including summer camp, retreats, family events, senior programs and team building opportunities. We host family reunions, small and large group retreats, corporate picnics/events, business meetings and weddings, all year round with a variety of facilities to offer.
A STATEMENT ON RACIAL JUSTICE
Clearwater Forest stands firm in our Christian beliefs that each Black life is created in God’s image, because every human is created in God’s image. We commit to using our shared voices to speak against this systemic injustice.
Rooted in Tradition, Growing for Tomorrow. Clearwater Forest is embarking on a new journey in the form of a capital campaign to reach our goal of raising $2.2 million! The money will go towards the renovation of the kitchen and dining hall, a replacement building for Osprey House and the updating of the Carriage House.
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The Board of Directors of Presbyterian Clearwater Forest is pleased to announce that Clearwater has completed the agreement with the Minnesota Department of Revenue to place the northern, rustic part of our property into a perpetual conservation easement in exchange for $1,663,620. This agreement, which was approved by all five governing bodies of Clearwater Forest, does not limit our ability to have trails for mountain biking and cross-country skiing or using it for wilderness camping programs.
We were well into negotiations for this easement prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. The majority of the funds ($850,000) received from the easement will be permanently placed in the Clearwater Conservation Easement Endowment Fund with the earned income going to the annual budget each year. Part of the easement ($650,000) will be used as a bridge loan to the capital campaign to allow us to break ground on the needed renovations to Hallett Hall. After covering about $3,000 of legal and filing fees, the balance of $160,000 will be used to cover some of the losses due to the pandemic.
When we first realized the possibility of not having summer programs, the question was raised, “What new possibilities does this give us?” This question and the availability of easement funds opened up the possibility of beginning the renovations to the dining hall during this time when we don’t have guests at camp. The original budget for the Hallett Hall renovation was $1,200,000 but we have reduced that to under $800,000 and will be using volunteer workgroups to help with some of the interior parts of the redesign. If you have a potential workgroup interested in coming to Clearwater in fall (pandemic orders allowing), please contact Lance@clearwaterforest.org.