clearwater forest

Summer Camp Activities


At Clearwater Forest we have a variety of sailboats to take out on Clearwater Lake. Adventure and Sr. High campers can join us for a week of sailing camp during the summertime where they’ll spend their time learning knot tying, equipment management, and, of course, how to sail! Campers will sail on Clearwater Lake during the day, and participate in evening activities with the rest of camp at night. Top-notch instruction, lots of water, games, and fun help make this an unforgettable week!

Rec Facilities: Sailing
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Water Activities

Kayaking / Canoeing / Swimming / Snorkeling / Swim Mat / SUP  / Aqua Bike / Boating / Fishing

A 900-acre spring-fed lake, Clearwater is the perfect serene setting for water activities for beginners as well as advanced paddlers. From sea kayaks and canoes, to stand up paddleboards and hydrobikes, come experience the variety of exciting water sports we offer at Clearwater.  

Mountain Biking

We have a number of mountain bikes and helmets available for campers and guests to use. Hit the trails that wind their way through Clearwater Forest or try out our new mountain bike course.

Rec Facilities: Mountain Biking

Hiking Trails

We have over 9 miles of amazing hiking/cross country ski trails through 1,016 acres of pristine woods. Each intersection is marked with a clearly labeled sign to point you in the right direction – it is hard to get lost! No matter what the season, you’re sure to find some amazing natural treasures- Trillium, mushrooms, countless birds and abundant wildlife.

High Ropes Course

Clearwater Forest is home to the first Track-n-Trail High Ropes Course built in Minnesota. Our high ropes course consists of 12 unique elements on two levels (15’ & 30’) and a 300’ zip-line attached to the second level.  The High Ropes Course is designed to encourage self-growth while being supported by others who are sharing similar experiences.

Benefits of experiencing the high ropes course with your retreat group or while at camp include:

  • Being individually challenged while building team support
  • Serving groups with a wide variety of ability levels
  • Test of physical strength, stamina, agility, balance, and flexibility
  • Confronting emotional issues such as fear of falling, fear of failure, and fear of losing control

At the High Ropes Course your safety, whether physical or emotional, is our number one concern.  Our staff is caring, sensitive, experienced and qualified to make your High Ropes Course experience one to remember.

Rec Facilities: High Ropes
Rec Facilities: High Ropes
Rec Facilities: Bouldering Wall

Bouldering Wall

We have a new indoor Bouldering wall at Clearwater Forest! Come test your climbing skills and build up strength as you practice scaling the wall. 


Join us on the archery field to steady your bow, practice your aim and bullseye! Don’t worry if you’ve never shot a bow and arrow before, our trained staff is here to help you learn a new skill. As always, safety is our highest priority and we take every precaution to ensure the safety of our campers and staff while on the archery field.

Adventure Photo Gallery
Rec Facilities: Team Challenge

Team Challenge Course

By taking your group out of the normal everyday environment, the Team Challenge Course will provide a unique learning and bonding experience. Each challenge is designed to explore communication skills, problem-solving, cooperation, teamwork, risk-taking, and comfort zones. The Team Challenge Course is designed to break down existing barriers, reward positive behavior, and build self-esteem all the while having FUN!

Even better, our Team Challenge Course can come to you! Contact our office for more information.

Play Fields / Ball Courts

Our property is outfitted with a number of different playfields perfect for a pick-up game of soccer, ultimate frisbee, or Capture the Flag. There are also a few moveable frisbee golf baskets planted throughout the property that can be arranged for a game of disc golf. We have specialty courts built for 9-Square, Gaga Ball and Explosion Ball as well!

Rec Facilities: Playfield

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