Family & Group Retreats


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, Illinois, and Makanda, Illinois, are offer private accommodations in a beautiful, spread out, outdoor camp setting. 

Heated lodges, cabins, and yurts are available, along with tent camping where we can even provide the tents!

Apirl 22-24 - Makanda Mushroom Festival
At beautiful Cedar Point... hunt, find, cook, eat, and learn everyting about morell mushrooms! Register Here 

May 27-30 - Camp Manitowa is partnering with Cycle 1 Bikes & Fitness and Rend Lake to offer a Memorial Day weekend of road biking, trail riding and mountain biking PLUS the awesome activities camp has to offer: climbing tower & zip line, canoeing & kayaking, hiking, sports, campfire w/ s'mores and more! Bikers of all levels will love this retreat. Ride 5 miles on the Rend Lake trails and test yourself on the Hamburger Hundy 100 mile ride to Bring your tent, or book a yurt or cabin and don't miss out on this super fun weekend of biking and all things camp! Register Here 


AirBnB at Camp Manitowa

Book your stay in beautiful Makanda, IL, experience the natural beauty of the Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge at our Cedar Point location. Two hundred fifty-seven acres on pristine 1200 acre Little Grassy Lake. Take out canoes and kayaks, play basketball and Frisbee golf, go on a hike, chill at the campfire.

Accommodations include two 12-person lodges:
Sahara Lodge
Bruce lodge – Both offer ten-person have heat & A/C, refrigerator, cooking facilities, bathrooms, and showers

Or two 3-person cabins named after two Southern Illinois legends: 

"Shady Rest" private cabin – Named for the secret safe house of notorious Southern Illinois bootlegger and gang leader Charlie Birger

"Big Muddy Monster"  Named for Southern Illinois' own Bigfoot Yeti.

Both cabins have heat & A/C in the front, indoor bathroom and shower, and beautiful screened in porch overlooking the Shawnee Forest

Search for the hidden treehouse down the path and catch the "sensory trail" down to the lake

Full access to everything Camp Manitowa-Cedar Point has to offer…canoes & kayaks, frisbee golf, hiking trails, campfires, and more!

Camp Cedar Point also has six beautiful rustic villages in the woods. We're offering individual "hogan huts" that accommodate four each, include a covered pavilion with fireplace, campfire circle, BBQ grill, and access to the entire property as well as tent camping. Check out the Whippoorwill Village Cabins

6 rustic hogan cabins that sleep 4 each lodges and cabins offer a great way to escape the city and explore Southern Illinois at its finest!

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Camp Manitowa Rend Lake

Camp Manitowa Rend Lake is available for private family retreats. Please contact us directly to book a yurt, cabin, or bunkhouse.