clearwater forest


Clearwater Forest is going through some staffing transitions. If you have questions about a Clearwater Forest program or visiting our site please reach out at If you are interested in making a contribution (of dollars, time, or used goods) please reach out to us at If you aren’t sure in which category your question fits, you can always reach out and leave a message at 218-678-2325.

director of facilities

Lance Baumann

Lance Baumann joined Clearwater Forest’s ministry in early 2016 as the maintenance manager with his expertise and experience in carpentry, plumbing and general construction. He is a native of Aitkin, MN where he lives with his wife and three teenagers. Lance is active in the community with 4-H, construction, volunteering, and more. His favorite thing about Clearwater: “I mostly enjoy meeting people and learning everybody’s stories.”

Mary Jo Lacey Elmberg
administrative assistant – interim

Mary Jo Lacey Elmberg

Mary joined the Clearwater Forest staff in December, 2021. Her friendly voice is what you hear when calling the office. She helps with registration, fiscal support, keeps guests happy, and has great organizational skills. Her favorite thing about Clearwater: “I love the serenity and beauty Clearwater Forest offers to all that come here. It’s wonderful to bring families and friends together year round! I look forward to helping guests and hearing the voices of summer campers!”

Clearwater Forest Staff: Shelley

Shelley Watson

Shelley joined our Clearwater staff as official hostess earlier this year. She moved into the gate house and loves living at camp, meeting new people and enjoying the wildlife! Shelley grew up in the Brainerd Lakes area and has 4 children and 9 grandchildren. When she is not spending time with family or busy hosting Clearwater guests, she likes to sew and paint watercolors.

Clearwater Forest Camp & Retreat Center