Camp Manitowa Properties


Camp Manitowa -Rend Lake

In 2010, owners Dan and Andy bought and invested $1 million in construction and a complete renovation of Camp Manitowa Rend Lake's facilities. They opened that summer for their first season and have held sleep-away summer camps and retreats and festivals at the 40-acre property ever since.

Camp Manitowa Rend Lake offers campers and renters the newest, freshest camp in the Benton area of Southern Illinois, with all of the following amenities:

  • 10 yurts with a total capacity of 160
  • Office building including 8 dorm rooms with a total capacity of 24
  • Four cabins with a total capacity of 16
  • Commercial kitchen
  • Health center
  • "Wig Wam" recreation lodge & game room
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Baseball/softball field with outfield fence, dugouts, & backstop
  • All-purpose athletic field
  • Archery range
  • GA GA pit
  • Volleyball court
  • Full-court blacktop basketball court
  • 50 foot high ropes challenge course
  • 50-foot high climbing tower
  • 400-foot zip line
  • 40 acre Lake Hamilton – Canoeing and kayaking, aqua-park, fishing, water trampoline
  • 19,000 acre Rend Lake – Water skiing & water recreation
  • Large campfire circle
  • Outdoor performance stage

To learn more about this facility, contact us


Camp Manitowa – Cedar Point

A former Girl Scout camp of over 50 years, this 257-acre property now known as Camp Manitowa – Cedar Point is located in the Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge. Camp Manitowa – Cedar Point offers beachfront access with a new swim dock to 1200-acre Little Grassy Lake. This expansive property includes a full commercial kitchen, a dining hall that seats several hundred, and air-conditioned/heated bunkhouses with showers for around 80 people. There are three hogan villages, two platform tents complete with fireplaces and restrooms, and large spaces for tent camping on this property that offers outdoor retreat experiences for groups big and small.

Camp Manitowa – Cedar Point is available for school groups, church groups, festivals, business, and corporate retreats, family reunions, and weddings.

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Year-round Lodges

  • Great Spirit Lodge – AKA "The Big House" – 6 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, full kitchen, numerous common areas, large deck, heat, and A/C – accommodates 24
  • Sahara Lodge – wood burning fireplace, common area, 2 dormitory-style rooms, staff bedroom, showers and bathrooms, heat, and A/C – accommodates 24
  • Bruce Lodge – wood burning fireplace, common area, dormitory-style rooms, showers and bathrooms, heat, and A/C – accommodates 24
  • Shady Rest Cabin - 1 bedroom, 1 meeting room, screened-in porch, bathroom and shower, heat, and A/C – accommodates 4-6
  • Big Muddy Cabin – 1 bedroom, 1 meeting room, screened-in porch, bathroom and shower, heat, and A/C – accommodates 4-6

Rustic side

  • 2 yurts @ Pioneer Village - sleeps 8 per yurt
  • 2 "hogan cabin" villages – 7 cabins sleeps 4 per cabin
  • 1 large cabin (hogan) village – 3 cabins sleeps 6-8 per cabin
  • 2 shower houses with electricity & changing rooms on the property in several locations


  • Swimming, paddleboarding, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, and rock jumping on scenic 1200-acre Little Grassy Lake
  • Hiking to "the rocks" and "the cascades," night hikes, stargazing, astronomy
  • gaga, archery, frisbee golf, 9-square in the air, roofball, capture the flag, extreme scavenger hunts
  • Arts & crafts, woodworking,tie-dying
  • Horseback riding at Giant City Stables
  • Multi-element team building low ropes course
  • Environmental Education
  • Frisbee Golf Course
  • Flag Football
  • Tree Climbing w/Vertical Voyages
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