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Are you craving fresh air, unforgettable experiences, and memories that will last a lifetime? Look no further than Camp Northern Lights! Whether you dream of a summer camp experience filled with laughter and sunshine or a cozy winter escape nestled in a snow-covered wonderland, we have something for everyone. 

This page is your first step towards creating a fantastic adventure at Camp Northern Lights.

place 9089 Highway 21 N
Babbitt, MN 55706

The Basics

Food at Camp Northern Lights

During the summer, campers staying in a tent site can register for lunch and dinner meal service.

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Camp Northern Lights cabin in winter

Camp Northern Lights has various cabins and sites that sleep anywhere from 2 to 16 people. Cabins range from rustic to full-facility. Find the right fit for you!

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Camp Northern Lights paddleboarder (aerial view)

With something for everyone, seasonal activities range from kayaking in the summer to xc-skiing in the winter.

Summer activities include stand-up paddle-boarding, canoeing, kayaking, mountain biking, and motorized watercraft (pontoons & fishing boats) rentals. 

Winter activities include snowshoeing, fat tire biking, xc-skiing, sledding hill, and ice fishing. 

Year-round activities include saunas, hiking trails, and campfires.

Camp Northern Lights families

Family Camp is always about connection and community. We are a destination of choice for school groups, yoga retreats, family reunions, weddings, and more. We will work with you to create a unique experience that meets your group's needs.

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Full Facility Cabins

Enjoy the comforts of home in a gorgeous wilderness setting. Full-facility cabins are located in North Point Village and Buena Vista Village. All cabins have electricity, running water, bathrooms, and kitchens with appliances, cookware, and eating utensils. In addition, all cabins have an outside fire ring and charcoal grill.

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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 fire ring is just outside your door, and a bathhouse building is a short walk away.

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Tent Sites and RV Sites

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.

Two lakeside 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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Activity Spaces

Camp Northern Lights Family Art Barn
Family Art Barn

Our Family Art Barn is located in Buena Vista Village. It is a great space for group gatherings like yoga, discussion, or workshops. The Art Barn is well-suited for 30-40 people with a maximum capacity of nearly 60. The FAB features a fireplace, Wi-Fi, nearby bathrooms, and a kitchen prep area.

Camp Northern Lights Trail Center
Trail Center

The Trail Center is located in the heart of the camp and is the launching point for seasonal activities such as mountain biking, snowshoeing, and xc-skiing. 

Bear Island Stage
Bear Island Stage

This outdoor space overlooks the lake and features a 15' 10" x 8' stage and bench seating for up to 150 people.

Planning Help

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Whether you have a question or are ready to plan, we have the answers and are prepared to assist.

Fall, Winter and Spring Deposits and Payments

Programs and Retreats
50% due at registration, 50% due one month prior.

Book Your Own Getaway and Themed Weekends
50% due at registration, 50% due on the first day of the prior month.

Weddings/Special Events
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Cancellations launch
Financial Assistance

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

Please ask us about options.

Special Accommodations

We are committed to equity and improving access to our programs and spaces for all.

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