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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!


Adventure-a-Thon, Dinner & Live Music!

July 13, 2024


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

Clearwater Forest will be hosting an Adventure-a-Thon & LuWow! on Saturday, July 13th. You won't want to miss this exciting event!

The Adventure-a-Thon will begin at 2 pm and include kayaking, mountain biking, and trail running or walking. Kayaks and bikes can be provided by Clearwater. (Please note this in your registration.) Event registration costs $30 and includes a T-shirt.

Dinner and Live Music will begin at 5 pm. Thanks to the generosity of Clearwater Forest staff and board members, this event will be offered free of charge. We hope that those who attend will be caught up in the inspiring vision and mission of Clearwater Forest and  will give generously.

Throughout the afternoon and evening, the waterfront will be open with certified lifeguards for people to swim and paddle around. Yard games will also be available to enjoy!

What to Bring: lawn chair or blanket and beverage of choice (non-alcoholic beverages will be available)

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.


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


Clearwater Forest is excited to collaborate with Kinship Partners for this event! If you have a Kinship Partner, please contact Tyler Scull at or 612-212-5772 to obtain a discount code. All Kinship Partners can participate in the Adventure-a-Thon free of charge! Also, go to to see all the wonderful ways that Kinship Partners builds community!


The Rusty Crayfish Brass Band will be providing live music on the lake! The Rusty Crayfish released their first album on May 20th, and they know how to have a good time! Their goal is to connect with audiences by playing fun music. For more information, check out their website at




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!

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Scenic Bike Tour

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


2023 registration now open!



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.

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