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Getting to Camp Widjiwagan

Getting to Camp

You are welcome to bring your child directly to Widjiwagan or register for bus transportation. 

Bus

A coach-style chartered bus and/or van(s) leaves White Bear Lake on the opening day of each camp session and returns campers to the same location on closing day. The bus also stops in Cloquet for the convenience of campers living north of the Twin Cities. 

The bus leaves from the Lakewood Park lot which neighbors the White Bear Lake YMCA. Please use the entrance for Lakewood Park. 

Get directions to Lakewood Park

The bus will stop at Subway on the way up to camp. Bring money, or pack a bag lunch. Campers riding the bus home should also bring money for lunch. 

Registration for bus transportation can be made during the trip registration process.  

Bus Drop-off and Pick-up

At the drop-off location, campers are greeted by Widjiwagan staff. Each camper is checked in as they board the vehicle. This same process occurs at any stop that is made on the way up to camp. 

On closing day, Widjiwagan staff check off campers to their identified contacts and remain at the pick-up location until all campers have been accounted for. It is important that you pick up your camper on time, as the Widjiwagan staff need to proceed to the airport to drop off out-of-state campers. Safety procedures for both bus and van travel are reviewed by the driver, staff and campers prior to departure. 

Departure times to Widji:

  • White Bear Area YMCA/Lakewood Park: Load 7:45 a.m., Depart 8 a.m.
  • Arby’s Restaurant, Cloquet: 10:15 a.m.
  • Arrive at Camp: 1:30 p.m.

Arrival times from Widji:

  • Leave Camp: 9 a.m.
  • Arby’s Restaurant, Cloquet: 11:15 a.m.
  • White Bear Area YMCA/Lakewood Park: 2-3 p.m.

Driving Your Child to Camp

  • Opening day: drop-off is between 12 and 1 p.m. 
  • Closing day: pick-up is 8:30–9 a.m. 
  • Dogs are not allowed at camp. 
  • Campers may not drive themselves and park at camp. 
  • From St. Paul to Camp Widjiwagan: approximately 260 miles, 5 hours driving time. 

To Ely from Twin Cities

Take I-35 north to Cloquet exit. Take Highway 33 north through Cloquet to Highway 53. Take Highway 53 north past Virginia to Highway 169. Go east on Highway 169 to Ely. 

To Widjiwagan from Ely

Travel east out of Ely 1.5 miles. Just past the entrance to the International Wolf Center, turn left onto 88. Go 2.3 miles to 116, which is the Echo Trail. Turn right on the Echo Trail and go 9.1 miles to the North Arm Road (less than 1 mile past Fenske Lake Campground). Turn left onto 644, which is the North Arm Road. Follow North Arm Road for 1.5 miles to the camp entrance, which will be on your left. Turn left into camp and proceed to the office in the Sigurd Olson Center. 

Out-of-State Transportation and Housing

Many campers come to Widjiwagan from outside of the Minneapolis/Saint Paul metropolitan area. Most are able to arrange their own housing in the Twin Cities and transportation to the bus. When this is not possible, Widjiwagan will provide transportation and housing for an additional fee. 

To request this service, please complete the out of state transportation form and send to the Widji office by May 1.

Scheduling Flights

Campers arriving from out of state who plan to be transported by Widjiwagan staff should arrive between 2–7 p.m. the day before their session begins. 

Please make return trip reservations for no earlier than 5:30 p.m. on the last day of the camp session. 

Transportation Changes

Contact Us - to make changes to your transportation.

  • Transportation change requests received one month or earlier prior to the session start date will be made with no additional change fee.  
  • Transportation change requests received up to one week prior to the session start date will be made and assessed a $10 change fee.   
  • Requests must be made at least one week prior to the session start date.