Memorial Day Weekend Nature Get-Away

Join us for a weekend of birding, relaxation, and fun on beautiful Loon Lake in northern Michigan

May 25 – 28, 2018


Great news: Loon Lake Lutheran Retreat Center will be open again for 2018!  We are pleased to continue our Memorial Day Weekend tradition at Loon Lake Lutheran Retreat Center, which has been the headquarters for Detroit Audubon’s Memorial Day Nature Get-Away for over 30 years.


Registration Information:

This year, registration and payment for this event will be completed online. Please click HERE to register for this event. If you have any questions about registration or would like assistance, please call Bailey Lininger (Detroit Audubon Program Coordinator) at 313-960-3399.

About Loon Lake Retreat Center:


pine warblerThe camp sits on a high bluff with spectacular views of Loon Lake, especially at sunset. You’ll be lulled to sleep by the plaintive call of the Common Loon, and the ethereal sound of the north country that you can feel in your bones. Barred Owls serenade us and sometimes come close enough to see— a jaw-dropping sight. Eastern Phoebes nest under the dining hall eaves; Pine Warblers call around Seaholm Lodge; Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers, Redheaded and Pileated Woodpeckers, and even Olive-sided Flycatchers (rather uncommon these days), can sometimes be heard and seen. American Redstarts sometimes nest right over the walking bridge to the dining hall. Bald Eagles can be seen swooping over the lake catching fish for their young. A marsh boardwalk has given us great views of Swamp Sparrows, Sora and Virginia Rail, Veeries, Green Herons, and even a White-winged Scoter two years ago. You can also enjoy excursions to great birding meccas nearby, including Tawas Point State Park (often touted as a miniature Pointe Pelee), the rare Kirtland’s Warbler Breeding Grounds, the Rifle River State Recreation Area, and AuSable River Flooding Overlooks. Moreover, you’ll enjoy great food (not the normal camp fare), and the friendliest people you could ever meet.

Fees for 2018:

The following prices include lodging, meals and snacks for the weekend, and use of the Loon Lake Retreat Center’s facilities and grounds.

  • Adult (8th grade and up): $192
  • Youth (6th & 7th grades): $168
  • Child (K through 4th grades): $95
  • Pre-K and younger: Free!

Additional optional activities:

  • Kirtland’s Warbler Trip: $10 per person
  • Challenge Course: $5 per person