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 wonderfully successful summer camp program in 2021. We tested all incoming staff and campers for COVID, followed COVID protocols all summer, and kept everyone healthy and safe. We will be posting our SUMMER CAMP 2022 dates soon.

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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 8-14

TN Smoky Mountain Adventure Trip
June 19-25

CO Rocky Mountain Adventure Trip
July 3-16

Camp Manitowa Rend Lake - Benton, IL


July 18-24

Camp Manitowa Cedar Point - Makanda, IL

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Makanda Mushroom Festival
@ Cedar Point - October 1-3

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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