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Northern Lights Accommodations

About Camp Northern Lights

General Information


Various lodging options are available to accommodate groups of different sizes. Explore camp at one of our three distinct villages! Stay at North Point Village, where our 8 full-facility camper cabins are named after native trees of the Northwoods. Check out Buena Vista Village, which translates to “good view”, and enjoy one of our 11 cabins that have operated since the founding of the original resort here in 1939. Our third and final village is called Back of Beyond, and is the perfect place for a remote and peaceful getaway. It houses our four bungalows, named for frogs native to the area, and 7 campsites, named for native fish to the area. Of these 7 sites, 5 of them can accommodate vehicles, including small campers or pop-up trailers up to 25 feet.

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Food Service

Campers staying in a tent site can register for lunch and/or dinner meal service. Bungalow site campers can only sign up for meal service if meal openings are within three weeks of your session start date.

* The deadline to register for meal service closes one week before the start of your session date. 


Consider Camp Northern Lights for your special event. Our camp is the perfect location for a rustic, simple ceremony and reception in the beautiful Northwoods of Minnesota. Our outdoor ceremony sites and a wide variety of cabins can accommodate a wedding of up to 120 guests.

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Recreational Equipment

YMCA adventure centers can generally provide any special equipment you may need to enjoy your time with us.


YMCA adventure centers can provide any special equipment to enjoy your time with us.

We are a destination of choice for school groups, yoga retreats, family reunions, weddings, and more. We will work with you on your unique experience to meet your retreat needs. Send us an email, and we will plan your adventure.

Related Options

Lodging Options

Full Facility Cabins

Enjoy the comforts of home in a gorgeous wilderness setting. These cabins are equipped with bathrooms and kitchens, include flat and fitted sheets (not pillows and blankets), are scenically located, and are convenient to all activity and waterfront areas.

Dog friendly cabins (fall/winter/spring only): Callisto, Jack Pine, Lyra, Pegasus , Cassiopeia and Fir

* Only Available June–September.

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North Point Village

North Point Village (formerly Sisu Village) is the northernmost part of the Camp Northern Lights property. Each cabin is named after a tree that can be found nearby!

Buena Vista Village

The original resort that operated these cabins was founded in 1939 and was called Buena Vista. It translates as “good view” — and that’s precisely what you can expect from these cabins, including several constellations in the night sky.

Additional Options

These facilities are located in Back of Beyond Village next too Bear Island Lake. Back of Beyond means “a distant place, extremely remote” — in other words, a great place to get away! A centrally located shower house with modern bathroom conveniences is located nearby, as well as a food cache shed with refrigerators and freezers for use.

Available June–September.

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These cabins offer simple living. Each of the four cabins features two sets of twin-over-queen bunk beds. They also include a refrigerator, microwave, dual-burning hot plate, screened-in porch, picnic table outside, and charcoal grill. A shared fire ring is located just outside your door with a bathhouse building a short walk away.

Tent and RV Sites

These five sites can accommodate vehicles, including small campers or up to 25-foot pop-up trailers. Each site includes a picnic table, fire ring (with grate), bear box (food storage), electrical hook-up (30 am), and potable water spigot.

Lakeside Tent Sites

These two sites cannot accommodate vehicles or trailers. Each site includes a picnic table, fire ring (with grate), bear box (food storage), electrical hook-up (30 am), and potable water spigot.

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Making Adventure Accessible

The YMCA offers need-based financial assistance to help people access the programs that are important to them.

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Our customer service team is always happy to help.