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Summer Small Group & Family Retreats

Due to the cancelation of our summer camp programs we have opened up both our midwest camp properties in Benton and Makanda Illinois for “social distancing” rental opportunities perfect for families and small groups. With a maximum of 7 families in camp at a time we will provide the greatest opportunity for everyone to stay safe, 6 feet apart, maintain small group gatherings, and adhere to state and industry guidelines.

Guests have two choices of rental camp properties to airbnb.


Camp Manitowa-Rend Lake Front Gate

Located in Benton, IL, you’ll have access to our entire 40 acre camp property. Lake Hamilton canoeing, fishing, and lake trampoline, 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! You can check out our listings and book through Airbnb here:

Camp Manitowa VIP Bunkhouse – Fully furnished camp house. Three sleeping rooms, 7 queen beds, full kitchen & BBQ grill, A/C, bathroom & shower. Great experience for one or two families

The Green Yurt Village
Super cool yurts outfitted especially for you. One family per yurt, 2 queen beds, 4 bunk beds. Covered pavilion with fire pit grill, shower house, village volleyball court.
Green Yurt #1
Green Yurt #2

The Red Village
More cool yurts with 2 queen bed and 4 bunk beds. Shower house, small pavilion, camp fire circle, grill.
Red Yurt #1
Red Yurt #2


Camp Manitowa-Cedar Point Front Gate

Located in Makanda, IL, experience the natural beauty of the Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge at our Cedar Point location. 257 acres on pristine 1200 Little Grassy Lake. Take out canoes and kayaks, play basketball and Frisbee golf, go on a hike, chill the camp fire. Accommodations include:

Sahara Lodge
Bruce lodge – Both offer 10 person accommodations with A/C, refrigerator, cooking facilities, bathrooms and showers

Or stay in one of our two private 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. You’ll have a main bedroom with second bedroom and outdoor porch for laying low. Full access to everything Camp Manitowa-Cedar Point has to offer…canoes & kayaks, frisbee golf, hiking trails, campfires, and more!

“Big Muddy Monster” private cabin! Named for Southern Illinois’ own Bigfoot Yeti. 2-3 person cabin. Search for the hidden tree house down the path and catch the “sensory trail” down to the lake.

These quaint lodges and cabins offer a great way to escape the city and explore Southern Illinois at its finest! – – – Call Dan for more details: 314.348.6412