Camp Manitowa

Overnight Summer Camps

& Year-round Retreats

For Schools, College Students, Scout Groups, Yoga Retreats, Music Festivals, Families, Wedding Parties & More!

Camp Manitowa

Camp Manitowa

Residential Summer Camp & Retreat Center

Camp Manitowa offers a private, traditional sleep-away summer camp along with fall & spring retreats. Both our Rend Lake and Cedar Point facilities are available to host any size group where we run a variety of great outdoor activities, have unique accommodations, and serve delicious food. Your family can rent a yurt, bunkhouse, lodge, or cabin, and GET AWAY in beautiful Southern Illinois. Please fill out our "contact us" form for more details.


Camp Manitowa ran a successful summer camp program in 2021 and are looking forward to an awesome summer camp in 2022. We will continue to have a number of COVID protocols in place to keep our camp community safe and our business open.

Specifically for our 2022 summer camp programs, we are requiring all age-eligible campers, staff, and volunteers to be fully vaccinated, as defined by the CDC, against COVID-19.

Knowing that our entire age-eligible community will be vaccinated against COVID-19 allows us to also adjust some of our mitigation strategies from this past summer and return to a more typical summer experience in many ways.

Camp Manitowa believes strongly in the safety and efficacy of vaccines. We, and the entire summer camp industry, have a history of requiring vaccines, especially in a residential setting. Our end goal is to run our camp and our business safely and successfully, providing all the fun and life changing benefits that a summer camp experience offers kids.

Hover over the pictures below to see our summer camp dates and other upcoming events. 

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Session I:  June 26-July 16
Session I-A: June 26-July 9

Session II:  July 17-August 6
Session II-A: July 17-July 30

Taste of Manitowa: August 7-13

TN Smoky Mountain Trip
June 19-25

CO Rocky Mountain Trip
July 10-23

Camp Manitowa Rend Lake - Benton, IL


July 18-24

June 12-18

Camp Manitowa Cedar Point - Makanda, IL

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Makanda Mushroom Festival
@ Cedar Point - April 23-24


Rend Lake Bike Festival 
@ Rend Lake - May 27-30

Festivals & Retreats - Both Properties

Get Outdoors in Southern Illinois

We believe everyone can use some time away these days. Camp Manitowa offers families, small groups, and individuals an opportunity to get out of the house, get out of the city, and get into nature.

Both of our midwest camp properties in Benton and Makanda Illinois are open for "physical distancing" camping opportunities. We limit the number of groups in camp at one time. We provide the greatest opportunity for everyone to stay safe, 6 feet apart, maintain small group gatherings, and adhere to state and industry guidelines. Large heated lodges, small cabins, and yurts are available at both camps.

Check out all our available dwellings: Airbnb & Family Rentals

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