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General inquiries about Clearwater Forest, rentals, and more can be sent to or call 218-678-2325 and we will get back to you as soon as possible. If you are interested in making a contribution (of dollars, time, or used goods) please reach out to us at

Angela Fay

Interim Program Director

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My name is Angela Fay and I am the director of programs for Clearwater Forest.  I am the single mother of two daughters and being a mother, in addition to teaching middle and high school students, has led me to believe that they can teach me more than I could ever teach them.  My family is my number one interest. I enjoy reading, politics, and CUBS baseball.  I enjoy baking and cooking. 

I have had several years of teaching experience including serving as a literacy consultant for an area education agency.  I have worked with troubled teens, at risk students, as well as educators at various levels.  I have a doctorate in education. 

I am from Dubuque, Iowa, but I grew up in Ruthven, IA (near Spencer).  I am active in my community participating in Girl Scouts, American Legion Auxiliary, AAUW American Association of University Women, and my local parish, Holy Ghost, in Dubuque.  

I spent my summers at Camp Lakota growing up as a camper for many years, then a CIT counselor in training, and I was on staff for five summers.  When my daughters became CITs and then counselors at their respective camps, I was spending my summers at home alone.  It was then I decided, “If they can go to camp, then I can go back to camp as well.”  My younger daughter is still a counselor at Camp Sacajawea in Boone, Iowa.  I am thrilled to be the director of programs at Clearwater Forest.   I love spending my summer outdoors and I have become very fond of the loon cry at night.


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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.”

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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.

employment Opportunities

Current Openings:

Executive Director Search

The Board of Clearwater Forest is now searching for our next Executive Director. If you, or someone you know, would like to have more information, you can download our position description below or reach out to the Board at

Download Position Description

We are looking for a few great people to assist with the housekeeping and kitchen departments. These positions are part-time, 15-20 hrs per week for housekeeping, and varied hours for kitchen staff.

Summer Employment