Memorial Day Weekend Campout

Sign up for our Memorial Day Weekend Nature Get-Away

May 26-29, 2017


Download the registration form here


Great news! The Loon Lake Lutheran Retreat Center will be open again for 2017! We are pleased to continue our Memorial Day Weekend tradition. Loon Lake Lutheran Retreat Center, which has been the headquarters for Detroit Audubon’s Memorial Day Nature Get-Away for over 30 years. So join us this year— you’ll want to make it an annual tradition!

The 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.

So put the dates (May 26-29) on your calendar.

The whole weekend is family-friendly! Once you come, you’ll want to make this an annual tradition too. Sign up and bring your friends and family!


Fees for 2017:

Pre-K children free. Children= K-4th grade Youth =5th grade to 7th grade, Adult +8th grade and up

Plan A: With Lodging at Loon Lake Lutheran Retreat Center

  • Adult $192
  • Youth $168
  • Child $95

Plan B: Day Use (for those not lodging at the Center)

  • Adult $164
  • Youth $141
  • Child $82

To register, download the registration form, or call (313) 960-3399 to request that a form be mailed to you. Questions about the Nature Get-Away can be directed to Jim Bull at (313) 928-2950 or