Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I go to Laketrails?

Laketrails provides you with the opportunity to live in the wilderness, make new friends and do many things you don’t usually, or can’t do at home. Things like canoeing, kayaking, sailing, fishing, swimming, water carnivals, and hikes to historic gold mines or logging camps are all part of the Laketrails experience.

What else will I do at Laketrails?

The heart of our program is a five-to-six day wilderness canoe trip. You have the opportunity to choose what type of trip you wish to take, and become instrumental in planning and carrying out the trip.

What Should I Bring?

Camp provides all food and all camping gear except a sleeping bag. Generally, camp is a great place to bring old clothes because they will get dirty. Check out our guidelines

I’ve camped with my family and car camped before–will this help?

Sure, but at Laketrails we camp in the roadless wilderness far from civilization. You’ll learn how to move through the lake and woods with minimal impact, and how to camp and carry all the gear needed to survive several days in the back country.

I’ve never camped before, is that a problem?

Not at all, we spend the first day of your stay at the Base Camp reviewing the canoeing and camping skills you will need. On the trip, you will be with other kids near your age and two experienced Laketrails Guides who are typically college-aged students. Both in camp and “on trail” everybody helps each other out.

Can Anyone Come to Laketrails?

Laketrails was founded in 1952 to provide a true wilderness adventure for teens. Laketrails campers must be at least age 13 or out of the seventh grade to attend Camp. We also offer a session for Middle School youth who have completed grades 6 through 8.

What to Bring

Clothing and Equipment
Trips are hard on clothing and equipment. Portage trails are uneven, weather can change abruptly, and campers will be very active. Consider each item carefully as you pack. Is it durable? What would happen if it were torn, lost, or damaged? For the canoe trip, campers’ personal gear and sleeping bags are packed together in waterproof packs supplied by the camp.

All personal belongings should be plainly marked with first and last name for identification. Items you do not take with you on your canoe trip can be left in your luggage at Base Camp. Cabin storage is limited. As a general rule of thumb, bring old clothes. If you are going to invest in something, rainwear is the most important part of the wardrobe, when you need it. It is also a good idea to pack a clean, dry set of clothes that you will wear for the bus ride home and not be wearing during your stay at camp.

Do Bring

  • Sleeping bag
  • 2 pairs of pants
  • 2 pairs of shorts
  • Underwear for 1 week
  • 3 shirts
  • Socks for 1 week
  • 1 or 2 sweatshirts
  • Warm jacket
  • 2 piece durable raingear
  • 2 pair shoes (at least 1 pair sturdy tennis shoes)
  • Brimmed cap or hat
  • Swim suit
  • 1 towel
  • Toiletry kit (toothbrush, toothpaste, personal hygiene products)
  • Flashlight (and extra batteries)
  • Insect repellent (no more than 30% D.E.E.T.)
  • Sunscreen (minimum SPF 15)
  • Metal or sturdy plastic refillable water bottle
  • Lip balm (minimum SPF 15)
  • Sunglasses

Don’t Bring

  • Electronic devices of any kind (including electronic toys, games, CD players, TV’s, I-Pods, phones, etc.). They are a distraction from the experience, and their use is not allowed at camp. You may use these items on the bus ride, but they must be turned in to the camp store (the Duck’s Nest) for safekeeping when you arrive. You’ll get them back for the bus ride home.
  • Excessive cash. The camp store has items ranging from $1 to $55.00. You will also want some money for lunch on the bus rides to camp and back home. We do ask campers to deposit all cash in the camp store. If deposited, we will be responsible for it; otherwise we are not responsible for lost or stolen cash.
  • Weapons, fireworks, firecrackers and other hazardous materials are prohibited at camp and are also prohibited at Canadian customs.
  • Alcohol/drugs and tobacco products are prohibited. Any of these items or other inappropriate or hazardous items brought to camp will be confiscated.
  • All personal sports equipment is not allowed unless there has been prior approval by the Camp Director.

snacks, foodPlease do not bring extra food, candy, or snacks to camp. Camp will provide plenty of nutritious, tasty food for meals. Food brought from home could lead to unwelcome guests (i.e. mice, bears, etc.) in the cabins!
Optional Items:
book, camera, pencil, camping gear

  • Notebook/pen or pencil for “journaling”
  • Camera
  • Fishing gear (rod & reel, artificial lures, etc.)
  • Rugged Sandals (no flip-flops)
Download PDFwhat to bring to camp, camping gear, downloadDownload our What to Bring to Camp PDF!


Laketrails typically offers bus transportation, but that will not be available this year. Instead we ask that parents/guardians drive their campers to Sportsman’s Lodge on the Rainy River north of Baudette, MN. Please see address and phone numbers listed below. From the Lodge campers will be transported across the lake to Laketrails by the Lake of the Woods Passenger Service. The boat ride is approximately 40 miles, and while the boats are quite large—27 ft.— the ride itself is part of the adventure!

Sportsman’s Lodge Rainy River
3244 Bur Oak Rd NW
Baudette, MN 56623
218-634-1342 or 800-862-8602

Boat Schedule:

Please note the scheduled times below. Lake and wind conditions can vary, so please be aware that return times might be somewhat flexible.
Call Camp Director, Sue Lemm at 218-223-8281 (office) or 701-430-0575 (cell) with any questions.

Campers are expected to remain seated and obey all instructions of the boat captain during the ride. Safe behavior is important, and no horseplay will be tolerated.

*Please note: If a cancellation is made at the “last minute” Laketrails will make every effort to replace the absent camper with one from our waiting list. However, if no such camper is available, you will be billed an additional $165 to cover the cost of the boat ride.

Departure Return
July 5 3:30 p.m. July 12 9:30 a.m.
July 13 3:30 p.m. July 20 9:30 a.m.
July 22 3:30 p.m. July 29 9:30 a.m.
July 31 3:30 p.m. Aug. 7 9:30 a.m.

Session Dates and Rates

2022 Laketrails Schedule:

Camp sessions will be limited to 18-20 campers per session in 2022. Once a session is full, campers will be placed on a waiting list. Please contact the camp office at 800-450-6460 with questions.

Session 1 (Full)  July 5-12 Register
Session 2 (Full) July 12-20 Register
Session 3 (Full) July 22-29 Register
Session 4 (Middle School) July 31-Aug-7 Register

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Session Fees:

Sessions 1 – 4 ………………$650 per session

Deposit Information

All Sessions require a non-refundable $100.00 deposit to secure your reservation.

  • Sibling Discount
    If you have more than one child coming to Laketrails this summer, the first pays the regular fee. After that, deduct $50 from your fee for the second, third, or fourth child. (If you have more than four – give us a call!)


Age Requirements:

Sessions 1-3 are open to all teens, age 13-18. Session 4 is for Middle School youth only (those who have completed grades 6-8).


Our wish is that no one will be prevented from coming to Laketrails because of the cost. Our campership program provides both partial and full financial support based on need for those wishing to attend Laketrails. Copies of the policy and application form are available here. (link to Campership Policy & Application)

Special Sessions:

  • Middle School Session
    To better meet the needs of younger campers, Laketrails offers a session for youth currently in grades 6, 7, or 8. The program format is similar to our other sessions, but enrollment is limited to youth in these grades.