retreats, services & facilities

Whether it’s a large group function, a family reunion, a school or church retreat, a youth group lock-in, or just a quiet get-away to the lakes, we offer comfortable accommodations at affordable rates…year-round!

New Hope Retreat Center

Cost: $20.00 per person per night \ Day Use only $125.00 \ $500.00 per night minimum

Details: Heated/Air conditioned, wireless internet, handicapped accessible, secluded on prairie, 8 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms with showers, kitchenette (stove, oven, microwave, refrigerator, double sink, serving and eating dishes), large meeting area, single bunkbeds, and gas fireplace. Very peaceful. Ideal for your large group! Comfortably seats 36 for scrapbooking, quilting, etc. Guests are responsible for bringing linens (sheets, towels, etc.)
Available: Year-round
Sleeps: 62 persons; Eight separate dorm-style bedrooms (single bunkbeds)

Grantham Cabin

Cost: $175.00 per day \ Day Use only $50.00

Details: Heated/Air-conditioned, wireless internet, 2 bathrooms with showers, kitchenette (stove, oven, microwave, refrigerator, double sink, serving and eating dishes), central meeting area, single bunk beds. (each cabin has an identical layout), Guests are responsible for bringing linens (sheets, towels, etc.)
Available: Year-round
Sleeps: 16 persons; Two separate bedrooms each (single bunkbeds)

Wittstruck Cabin

Cost: $175.00 per day \ Day Use only $50.00

Details: Heated/Air-conditioned, wireless internet, 2 bathrooms with showers, kitchenette (stove, oven, microwave, refrigerator, double sink, serving and eating dishes), central meeting area, single bunk beds. (each cabin has an identical layout), Guests are responsible for bringing linens (sheets, towels, etc.)
Available: Year-round
Sleeps: 16 persons; Two separate bedrooms each (single bunkbeds)

Guest Cabin

Cost: $250.00 per night \ Day Use only $100.00

Details: Heated/Air-conditioned, wireless internet, 7 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms with showers, kitchenette (stove, oven, microwave, refrigerator, double sink, serving and eating dishes), central meeting area with gas fireplace, carpet, laundry facilities, double, single and bunk beds. Guests are responsible for bringing linens (sheets, towels, etc.)
Available: Year-round
Sleeps: 26 persons; Seven separate bedrooms (single bunkbeds)

Classroom Dorms

Cost: $15.00 per person per night

Details: Air-conditioned, rustic dormitory style rooms, single bunk beds, cement floors, 2 bathrooms
Available: Summer/Late Fall only
Sleeps: 95 persons (single bunkbeds)


Baskerville Dining Hall

Cost: $150.00 per day (price does not include use of kitchen)

Details: Heated/Air-conditioned, wireless internet, carpeted, wood burning fireplace, tables and chairs, restrooms, large outdoor deck. The main dining hall kitchen has a state restaurant food license and is not available for rental. We prefer groups of 20 or more use our food service.
Seats: 200 persons
Available: Year-round

Epworth Hall

Cost: $175.00 per day

Details: Brick building, cement floor.  Newly renovated stage for worship and entertaining.
Available: Seasonal
Seats: 150 persons

Aldersgate Room

Cost: $50.00 per day or $5.00 per person (whichever is greater)

Details:Part of the BRAND NEW Baskerville addition, the Aldersgate room is perfect for meetings and get togethers. This room includes access to the Aldersgate Conference room, in addition to cable television, blu-ray and wi-fi capabilities.
Available: Year-round
Seats: 20-30 persons

Golden Valley Room

Cost: $100 per day (24 hour period)

Details: Part of the BRAND NEW Baskerville addition, the Golden Valley room is a large, open space for groups of all ages to enjoy. This room includes wonderful amenities such as a kitchenette, cable television (55 inch tv), blu-ray, wi-fi and access to the Okoboji table games (foosball, air hockey and skee-ball).
Available: Year-round
Seats: Approx. 50 persons



Campfire Pit

Details: Whether your group is large or smaller, the Okoboji U.M. Campfire Pit is a premier meeting space. Amenities include access to power, roasting sticks for marshmallows or hot dogs.

Available: April – October (weather permitting)
Seats: Up to 125 persons

Pergola

Details: Constructed in 2014 thanks to a generous gift from the Spirit Lake United Methodist Church, the Pergola is ideal for a small group gathering or as the centerpiece of a larger event. Located on top of the old Tabernacle hill, this area provides an excellent view of the North Campus and surrounding areas.

Available: April – October (weather permitting)
Seats: 8-10 persons

Heber Swings

Details: Constructed in 2014 thanks to friends and family of Heber Miller, this campfire ring is ideal for smaller groups and folks who are looking to relax. You’ll love the swinging benches and surrounding trees!

Available: April – October (weather permitting)
Seats: 10-15 persons

Hidden Chapel

Details: Tucked away and hidden from the hustle and bustle of camp is where you’ll find this beautiful chapel area. Built by Rev. John Battern and family, this is a truly unique space to find yourself lost in nature.

Available: April – October (weather permitting)
Seats: Up to 100 persons

All meals are served in Lake Okoboji U.M. Camp & Retreat Center’s dining hall. From barbeques to large group banquets, cozy breakfasts to formal dinners, we can do it all for you! Lake Okoboji U.M. Camp & Retreat Center is known across Iowa for it’s GREAT FOOD SERVICE!

Just say “We’d like food service” and our staff will prepare Lake Okoboji U.M. Camp & Retreat Center’s most requested meals for you! For group sizes 20 to 150, let us serve you! You’ll love it…GUARANTEED! Call 1.866.856.9862 now for a reservation.

Children 5 and under stay and eat free!

Please feel free to call with specific meal requests. Our cooks will accommodate your group’s tastes and special needs whenever possible!

*20 person minimum

We want to help make your Okoboji retreat experience even better! Our professional staff are trained to facilitate all of your programming needs. Once you’ve booked your retreat, let us know (at least two weeks before your event) which programming activities you’d like to add. Our staff will do their best to accommodate your needs whenever we can!

Prices available on 2016 Retreat Rates document

Wagon Tours

Wagon Tours

Tour the beautiful South Campus prairie including: one of the highest natural points in Iowa, native plants, wildlife, wet-lands, and fishing pond.

Disc Golf

Disc Golf

The long drives and skill shots of Okoboji’s scenic 9-hole disc golf will challenge and amuse all ages! Bring your own discs or use some of ours. Download Course Map and Rules 

Swimming

Swimming

Swim in the beautiful blue water of Iowa’s popular West lake Okoboji. Waterfront area includes: sand beach area, multiple docks with ladders, swim platform, non-swimmers area, benches, picnic tables and a children’s park.  Life jackets available on request.

Fishing

Fishing

Enjoy fishing at the Okoboji waterfront area or in our private stocked fishing pond. Fishing is no-cost to guests who bring their own equipment. Guests are responsible for supplying bait.

Campfires

Campfires

Our campfire/ outdoor amphitheater includes: seating w/back-rests for 200, large/multi-tiered stage with power and lighting, and hand-crafted fire-ring. Or, for that rustic campfire feel, Okoboji also has a smaller available.

Archery

Archery

Test your targeting skills at Okoboji’s shaded archery area. Archery activities are staff supervised using student level tackle. (Min. group size of 6, 1 hour gives groups plenty of time to reach the bullseye).

*Go-Karts

*Go-Karts

Get your thrill on at Okoboji’s very popular go-kart track. Participants “tear up” the maintained/mile-long off-road track which includes a safe loading/unloading area, directional/warning signs and spectator viewing area. Track is located safely away from vehicles, roads and buildings.

*Mountain Boarding

*Mountain Boarding

A cross between skateboarding and snowboarding. Cruise down your choice of two groomed hills on Okoboji’s South campus – some of the highest natural hills in Iowa! All participants wear safety gear and receive a safety orientation prior to usage.

Canoeing

Canoeing

Experience, first hand, the beauty of Iowa’s West Lake Okoboji! Canoe around Okoboji’s swim area, across the bay to Triboji beach, or down to Arnold’s Amusement Park for a nutty bar. All participants are required to wear a life jacket.

Challenge Activities / Games

Challenge Activities / Games

Groups of 10-15 people are led by an experienced Okoboji staff facilitator in fun/meaningful team building games, activities and group processing. Available year-round.

*Climbing Tower / Traverse Wall

*Climbing Tower / Traverse Wall

Groups and individuals grow in strength, confidence and leadership as they experience the 40′ climbing tower and traverse wall located on the South Campus.

Zip Line

Zip Line

Experience 300 feet of speed as you zip along the rustic prairie at high speeds. This event will challenge your climbing ability and courage as you walk off a 40′ ledge and into the safety of your harness.

Snow Shoes

Snow Shoes

Just because it’s cold outside doesn’t mean you need to stay in! Rental includes your appropriate size (men, women, children) as well as poles. Contact camp for more specific information and to set up your rental.

Also Available

Also Available

Play fields, softball field, sand volleyball court, campfire areas, tether-ball court, board games, puzzles and Nintendo Wii/Game Cube.

Aerial Adventure Course

Aerial Adventure Course

Brand New! Climb 40 feet high for an experience like none other in this open air playground. This course will encourage teamwork and opportunities to grow as an individual and as a group.

*Requires a “Release of Liability” waiver for each participant

Deposit for reservations of facilities/food service is 50% of estimated lodging fee and is due 2 weeks after you receive your “reservation agreement”. This is a security deposit and 100% of your deposit will apply to the Total Rental Price. Reservations are not valid until payment is received. Deposits are refundable up to 30 days prior to retreat. Phone 1.866.856.9862 with any questions or to check availability.

Lake Okoboji United Methodist Camp & Retreat Center can meet all YOUR needs for a stay in the lakes area. If you have any further questions, would like to schedule your retreat, or want to check on availability, please call toll free 1.866.856.9862 or E-mail us.