Welcome to Clearwater Forest!

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.

Clearwater Forest provides programming including summer youth camps, women’s retreats, spiritual renewal events, non-summer youth retreats, family events, senior adult programs and teambuilding opportunities for all types of groups.

Family reunions, weddings, small group retreats and corporate picnics/events all enjoy using the variety of facilities Looking to unify your group and have fun together? Check out the teambuilding options, both on land and water!

Lake 2 Lake: Scenic Bike Tour & Fundraiser

lake2lakeJoin us Saturday, June 13, 2015 as we raise money to benefit Clearwater Forest camper scholarships. It’s a one-day ride with two options – a 30 mile family and 50 mile challenge ride that starts and ends at beautiful Clearwater Forest near Brainerd, MN. The ride will take you along country roads, past farms, around a few lakes and then back to Clearwater Forest.   When your ride is done, enjoy time at the Clearwater Forest’s Friends and Neighbors Day where you can sit on the beach, kayak, canoe, sail, hike the trails or take a well-deserved nap under a tree.

There are two rides to match nearly any ability and bicycling interest.  Both have plenty of rest stops, a fully stocked sag wagon and refreshments/snacks.

Download the Lake 2 Lake Bike Ride Brochure 2015.


  • Clearwater Forest is community-creating!

    Mike H
  • When I come here, it’s a chance to take a breath… to just breathe.

  • I have long term relationships with confirmands that I’ve built here [through retreats].

  • “At the [summer camp] worship services in the Pavilion, the front row fills first.”

  • Kids aren’t afraid here to say what’s on their heart or mind- open and accepting here.

    Pastor who has brought confirmands to retreats at CF
  • This is a place that allows you to let God in and you can listen… a place to listen.

  • The summer staff are connecting and do things they think are important and their energy is contagious.

  • I like to hike to be quiet and listen to God.

  • So many college-aged people who don’t go to church, but kids who come to camp, you don’t have to tell them how valuable and powerful a community of believers it.

  • The environment we have… God’s creation in purest form. His presence feels closer here than anywhere.

  • I’ve always felt such a calling to camp, to be here. I was so lost this past year, but I was meant to do this job here. Hard to be devoted and open Christian at my school, but easy here.

    Hannah H.
  • When I come to camp, it reinvigorates my faith. Sorta like “Oh, this is why I go to church!”  Kids here have fun with God.


Upcoming Events

Friends and Family Day

Saturday, June 13 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Come join us on Saturday as we celebrate the start of summer! Meet the summer staff, explore the trails, play at the beach and lake, challenge yourself on the new high ropes course and more! We will also be commissioning the staff at 1:00 p.m. with a brief worship experience.


2015 Summer camp registration is now open!


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