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The goal of all Clearwater Forest events is to build community. Our hope is that everyone who comes to Clearwater can feel like part of the Clearwater Forest family, even after the event is over. Our events strive to provide shared experiences in a beautiful setting that minimizes distractions. This allows us to focus on what is most important - the people! At Clearwater Forest, we hope to create an environment where deep, lasting relationships can be formed while encouraging personal growth and having a lot of fun! Come join us at one of our events or host your own!

July 13, 2024 (all day)

Clearwater Forest Fest

Free Event Open to the Public RSVP Here

Free Dinner & Live Music


July 13, 2024


Where to go

  1. 16595 Crooked Lake Road Deerwood, MN 56444
  2. Drive almost to the end of the long driveway & turn right when you see a brown sign pointing to the Summer Camp.
  3. The large grass parking lot will be on your left.

    What to bring

    Lawn chairs or blanket and beverage of choice (non-alcoholic beverages will be available).

    Clearwater Lake2Lake

    Scenic Bike Tour

    7 am Registration

    The best way to see Minnesota's Lake Country is on a bicycle! Join us as we raise money to benefit Clearwater Forest Camper scholarships. This beautiful, one-day ride starts and ends at Clearwater Forest. It winds along country roads, past farms, and around a few lakes on the way.

    Registration is at 7 am on Saturday, July 13th.

    Lodging is available at Clearwater Forest by calling 218-678-2325 or emailing



    2 pm


    per person

    • One person completes all three sections of the event - paddle, bike, and run/walk
    • The course took about one hour for a middle-aged woman (our Executive Director) to complete, so you can do it, too!
    • Do your best! Forget the rest!
    Register As Individual



    per relay

    • A relay is composed of three people. The first participant will paddle, the second participant will bike, and the third participant will run!
    • Register and pay for the Relay Captain only.
    • Captains will get one chip that must be passed from teammate to teammate in the transition area during the race.
    Register As Relay



    per team

    • A team is required if the paddle portion of the event will be done by 2-3 people in a canoe.
    • Register and pay for the Team Captain only.
    • Captains will get one chip that will need to stay on them throughout the event as they are expected to lead their team.
    Register As Team

    Paddle: 1.8 Miles

    Bike: 1.7 Miles

    Run: 1.7 Miles


    Congratulations to everyone who has participated in the Adventure-a-Thon!

    And thank you to Pickle Events for doing the timing for us! Here are the results:

    Adventure-a-Thon Participant Guide
    Register for the Adventure-a-Thon

    Musical Artists

    FREE Dinner & Live Music!

    6pm Pig Roast Dinner

    John Hermanson
    7/13/24 6:30-8pm

    His duo, Storyhill, has made regular guest appearances on "A Prairie Home Companion." By day, John Hermanson's music and sound from Egg Music in Minneapolis can be heard in commercials. One of his team's latest projects, a Microsoft Surface commercial featuring NFL players Clay Matthews III and Drew Brees, has about 200,000 views on YouTube.  Read More

    Chad Elliott
    7/13/24 4:30-6pm

    Midwest singer-songwriter Chad Elliott blends folk roots, swampy blues and soulful writing to deliver an original Americana sound. His live performances have been honed over a decade of being on the road performing more than 200 shows each year. Elliott is lauded as “Iowa’s Renaissance man” by Culture Buzz Magazine. He has penned more than 1,500 songs in his career while also cultivating his skills as a painter, sculptor, illustrator and author (Wilderman’s Treetop Tales; Rumble & Flash).  Read More

    Purpose of this Event

    This is a community-building event! The primary goal of this event is to gather as many people as possible to build relationships and engage in healthy activities. We will work as a team to put on the event and to create a positive, team-focused event where everyone cheers for everyone!

    This is a family-friendly event! Our hope is that people of all ages can successfully participate in a safe, supportive environment. Participants can compete individually or work together as a relay or team (typically to paddle a canoe). These options allow people to work together to ensure that everyone can do their best and be successful!

    This event is an equitable opportunity! We have worked to keep the price of the race low to allow as many people to participate as possible. Events like this can often become expensive due to the cost of watercraft, bikes, hotel rooms, and restaurants. We are offering watercraft and bikes for people to use. We have also scheduled the event during the afternoon so that people can easily travel to and from the event in one day. Finally, the LuWow will follow the Adventure-a-Thon with delicious food available free of charge. (But feel free to donate to our cause:)

    This is a fun event! There will be elements of fun incorporated into the race! You might just find out that you have to wear a Hawaiian lei on the homestretch of the run…

    This is an event that supports a meaningful cause! All proceeds of this event will go to supporting the vision and mission of Clearwater Forest Camp and Retreat Center. Clearwater Forest provides beautiful natural space for anyone to get away from the fray of daily life. It also offers a wide variety of programs for people of all ages. Clearwater Forest provides spaces for building community, such as lodges, cabins, and campgrounds to rent for family reunions, church events, or any group gathering. Clearwater strives to be a wise and faithful steward of financial, relational, and physical resources.

    Thank You to Forest Fest Sponsors:

    TK Pools & Super One Foods!




    Lodging for the Adventure-a-Thon, Dinner & Live Music!
    There will be many lodging options for the Adventure-a-Thon weekend! Rooms at both Eagle and Leaning Tree Lodges are available at a rate of $50/person for a shared room and $100/person for an individual room. Please contact the office at 218-678-2325 or to reserve your room.

    Paper Adventure-a-Thon Registration Form Available Here


    Volunteers Needed!
    Please consider volunteering to help with the Adventure-a-Thon events. Many volunteers will be needed to help with parking, direct racers, ensure that food is served efficiently, and ensure that the day runs smoothly. Volunteering is a great way to participate in the event without breaking a sweat! We are also looking for volunteers or organizations to donate Silent Auction items.  Click here to apply to volunteer!



    To register for events organized by Clearwater Forest you’ll need to set up an account in CampBrain, our secure online database, by clicking the ‘Register Now‘ button below. This account is for your whole family and can be used year after year. You will use this account to register for summer camp, retreats, and other events at Clearwater. All forms, permissions, and waivers for any camp or retreat will be completed within your account.

    Register Now!