Family & Small 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!

Camp Manitowa - Rend Lake

Located in Benton, IL, you'll have access to our entire 40-acre camp property. Canoeing/kayaking, fishing, and the lake trampoline on Lake Hamilton; the high ropes course and 400′ zip line; basketball court; beautiful nature trails; arts & crafts; tie-dying; and more. Stay in our fully furnished VIP Bunkhouse, or choose from 6 different YURTS!


Book Camp Manitowa Cedar Point on AirBnB here:

Located in 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.