About Camp Croix
Camp Croix has been a place of retreat and fellowship for youth, adults, church groups and families since 1951. The land, as it exists today, was purchased in 1968. It consists of 160 acres located on Rooney Lake in northwestern Wisconsin. The property features 2100 feet of lakeshore to enjoy swimming, boating and water activities. There are 15 tent sites, 35 rustic cabins, a main lodge, a vicar’s cabin, 1 year-round cabin, a bathroom/shower facility, and an enclosed picnic shelter. The Camp operates and is available year-round, but not all facilities are available year-round.
Camp Croix is in fellowship with the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod. The St Croix Conference of WELS churches, which is comprised of about 35 congregations, owns and operates the camp. However, hundreds of congregations and groups around Wisconsin and Minnesota support and utilize the camp. Camp Croix’s purpose is to offer Christian programs in an outdoor environment with all such programs being governed by the Word of God and a spirit of love.
The primary program offered by camp is Bible Camp, which currently occupies four one-week sessions in July. In the past, Bible Camp has occupied as many as five one-week sessions. When youth camp is not in session, the facilities are available to rent to families and other groups. We call this Family Camp. Through the years, Camp has strived to maintain some form of Sunday services for families staying at camp. The majority of families using camp have some association to the WELS, but camp has historically allowed others to use the facilities based on availability.
The Camp Croix Board believes that Camp Croix can enhance the value it provides to the Association congregations by providing a setting and infrastructure for a broader range of ministry activities, while continuing and building upon the existing programs of Youth Camp and Family Camp. The Camp Croix Association began a ministry planning and master planning process during the winter of 2016. Please visit Looking Ahead for additional information regarding the future of Camp Croix.
The lodge has six bedrooms, two bathrooms, a large gathering area with a large fireplace equipped with a projector and screen, dining room, screened in porch that overlooks the lake, and a kitchen with appliances and stocked with pots, pans, and cooking utensils. There is a commercial kitchen attached to the lodge for those with larger groups, depending on availability and requirements. The lodge can comfortably sleep nine, three of the bedrooms have two double beds and two rooms have one double bed. Each bedroom contains dressers.
The large gathering space and dining room makes a perfect place for groups doing retreats, Bible studies, or devotions. It also provides an indoor setting to eat and enjoy fellowship. The fireplace creates an intimate setting. There are not many things better than enjoying God’s creation in the northwoods around a fire enjoying fellowship with fellow brothers and sisters in Christ! There is heat in the lodge year-round, but it currently does not have running water or plumbing during the winter months.
There are currently 35 rustic cabins in two groupings on the property. Each cabin is fitted with two bunk beds, table and chairs, a dresser, and a clothes hanger bar. The cabins have a screen door and windows that open to allow the cool summer breeze to come through. The cabins do not have running water or heat, but you do have access to the shower/bathroom facility that is centrally located in the camp.
We have refinished many of the cabins in the recent years. This includes new window treatments, new doors, flooring, and tongue and groove pine paneling in the interior. Although we cannot guarantee you be placed in a specific cabin, we try our best to accommodate any requests. We are very excited to get all the cabins refinished and put new furnishings in each so we can off the same experience for everyone who visits Camp Croix. If you are interested in sponsoring a cabin or donating, please visit our Cabins or Donation page.