Family Camp

A camp for the entire family - destination Camp Bluewater!

Looking for a fun-filled, memory-making family weekend get-away? Let us do all the planning and meal prep! Simply pack your bags and get ready to have fun!  We offer two Family Camps to choose from:


Registration Opens January 4


Family Camping 101

Saturday, April 27, 4 p.m. – Sunday, April 28, 2 p.m.

Location: Tanadoona, 3300 Tanadoona Dr., Excelsior (map)

As summer approaches, help your family become more comfortable and confident for a family camping trip!

At this campout, families will build and cook over a fire, learn how to set up a tent, hang a bear bag, and get your outdoor survival questions answered by our camping professionals.  Throughout, there will be fun games and review of “leave no trace” that you can carry forward into your next family campout. Additional activities include archery, crafts, nature hike, and more.

All experience levels welcome and encouraged to attend and share their experience. Arrive early to enjoy even more outdoor activities during our Open House (4/27, 1-4pm).

Meals provided: Saturday dinner over the fire, Sunday breakfast and lunch in the dining hall.

  • $50/adult
  • $35/child

Pillow & Sleeping Bag or Bed Linens (twin)
Shower Towels & Toiletries
Proper footwear and clothing for the weather
Water bottles
Insect Repellent & Sunscreen
Tent (Optional)

Not permitted: alcohol, fireworks, weapons, illegal substances, motor boats

PLEASE NOTE: guests are responsible for their medications.

Family Camp

Saturday, June 29 – Monday, July 1

Location: Camp Bluewater, 37508 Bluewater Rd, Grand Rapids, MN (map)

Travel north to our destination camp, Camp Bluewater – one of the clearest, most blue lakes in Minnesota! Your Tanadoona team will lead a variety of nature-based and team-building activities in a flexible and relaxed schedule so your family can decide how to best spend your time.

Activities (for all skill levels) include: canoeing, archery, outdoor cooking, fishing, and swimming. During the evenings join us for stories and s’mores around the campfire overlooking the lake.

View photos from 2018 Family Camp


Bluewater Lodge: modern lodge with 6 bunk rooms (one family per room), commercial kitchen, fireplace, lounge area

  • $100  per adult
  • $75 per child (3-17)

Rustic Bunk House: no electricity, one family per bunk room (each house has two bunk rooms)

  • $75 per adult
  • $60 per child (3-17)

Tent: pack your own or ask us to provide your tent(s)

  • $65 per adult
  • $50 per child (3-17)



Families can meet us at Camp Bluewater or caravan with us from Tanadoona (please let us know if you plan to caravan!).  Need a ride? We have limited space for carpool – just $30 per family. Add this option during online registration.

Pillow & Sleeping Bag or Bed Linens (twin)
Shower/Beach Towels & Toiletries
Water bottles
Insect Repellent & Sunscreen
Clothes, don’t forget the swimsuits!
Games (indoor/outdoor) to share
Life jackets for ages 3 and under
Crib (if needed)
Relaxation aids – books, lawn chairs, hammocks, lawn games

Not permitted: alcohol, fireworks, weapons, illegal substances, motor boats

PLEASE NOTE: guests are responsible for their medications.


Take this time to unplug! Wifi is not available and cell phone coverage is limited at the camp. Guests may, of course, go into Grand Rapids for wifi as needed.

This is a substance-free event – no alcohol, tobacco, nicotine, e-cigarettes, etc.



37508 Bluewater Road, Grand Rapids, MN 55744 (google map)


Surrounded by the tall pines of the Chippewa National Forest, Bluewater visitors experience the serene beauty of the Northwoods. Our seven-acre camp is located on Bluewater Lake, just 20 minutes north of Grand Rapids, MN. The lake is largely undeveloped with an amazing 20-foot water clarity and a sandy rock bottom. Wildlife sightings of loons, deer, bald eagles and great blue heron are plentiful, and be sure to keep an eye out on hikes for wild strawberries, raspberries and blueberries. Make Bluewater your next outdoor getaway!

Groups enjoy exclusive use of the property, including recreational equipment: board games, basketball hoop, volleyball net, sports equipment, canoes with life jackets and paddles and access to hiking trails.

Bluewater Lake is part of the Wabana Chain of Lakes, perfect for a day of exploration, which takes you to the historic Joyce Estate. The Wabana Chain also provides excellent fishing, including lake trout, walleye, largemouth and smallmouth bass, northern pike, crappie, perch, bluegill and sunfish.

Please register for the waitlist if the session is full; we will notify you ASAP if space becomes available. Cancellation must be received in writing 30 days prior to camp session to receive a full refund. Cancellations received fewer than 30 days before camp will only be refunded if we are able to fill your camper’s spot through the waitlist. Please notify Camp Fire Minnesota of cancellations at 612-235-7284 or


37508 Bluewater Rd, Grand Rapids, MN 55744

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