Retreat Options

A lakeside retreat you and your group will never forget!

Group Retreats

Lakeside is a great place to have your retreat. We can accommodate small groups to large groups. We allow you to completely customize your retreat, so you get exactly what you need from your time together. We can provide full service retreats where we make your schedule, facilitate activities, supervise youth, provide meals, and take care of everything or we can offer just bits and pieces as needed. We’ve enjoyed hosting college groups, youth groups, women’s groups, families, churches, staff, and more. Every retreat is unique, and we work with you to coordinate all the details to make sure you have the BEST RETREAT EVER!

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Lakeside has 110 acres on East Lake Okoboji and we have lots of activities. We have self-lead activities that your group can go and do for no extra cost and we have staff facilitated activities for a fee. We also have recreational bikes, fishing gear, and lake toys you can rent and use on your own.

Self-lead activities (no extra cost) include 3.5 miles of nature trails, fire pits, docks, basketball, disc golf course, sand volleyball, rec barn, gaga ball, 9 square, carpet ball, human foosball, prayer labyrinth, waterfront. 

Staff-lead activities (for a fee) include low ropes challenge course, rock climbing, zip lining, archery, escape room, pool, sailing, team building, large group games, campfire worship, bible study.   



Lakeside offers great meals and can accommodate special dietary requests and restrictions. We offer meals in our dining hall or we can bring meals to your retreat space. We can provide as many or as few meals as you need. Some groups prefer to do their own breakfast but have us make lunch and dinner. Some groups want to go into town for a meal and that’s fine too. We do not require you to have meals with us or a certain amount of meals during your stay. 


Retreats can be for a day and utilize our large group areas like the barn, event center, outdoor areas, and canteen. Overnight retreats have lodging options of camping, rustic cabins or modern facilities. We allow retreats to determine the best space for them based on who they are brining. Youth fit better into the Lodge, adults prefer Shalom, and families prefer Chalet. Cabins are great for lots of families and camping appeals to boy scouts and other wilderness groups. Some groups get a variety of spaces to match everyone’s needs and that is what we are all about. We will work with you to determine what spaces makes sense for what you are doing. 

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Lutheran Lakeside Camp: 2491 170th St, Spirit Lake, IA 51360