Retreats and Conferences

Take a moment to breathe in the fresh air and escape into the natural beauty that is YMCA Camp Manitou-Lin.

We operate throughout the year as a conference and retreat center for groups of all ages. YMCA Camp Manitou-Lin is conveniently located just 35 minutes from downtown Grand Rapids and 40 minutes from downtown Kalamazoo. Our comfortable facilities include year-round lodging with indoor shower/bathroom facilities, a picturesque main lodge and dining hall, Willem’s Discovery Center, climbing walls, zip line, high ropes courses, archery ranges, and much more.

From business to basics, YMCA Camp Manitou-Lin has the perfect group retreat getaway for team building and bonding. Remember it’s your retreat, let us help you plan your escape.


Our modern kitchen and food service staff are here to make meal planning easy for you. Camp is able to provide anything from a casual lunch to a fine dining experience for weddings, corporate retreats, banquets, and more. Meals can be served “family style” at each table, or buffet-style for convenience.

Rental groups are also welcome to bring their own food that does not require preparation. Please note that, due to health code and licensing requirements, we are unable to allow use of our kitchen facilities by rental groups.

Dietary restrictions? Never fear! Individuals with special dietary needs may bring food to be stored and prepared by our kitchen staff. We are also able to accommodate various dietary restrictions within our regular meal offerings, including vegetarian and gluten-free options. Please contact us in advance to discuss any special dietary needs.

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YMCA Camp Manitou-Lin’s 160 acres include rolling hills, fields, woods, waterfront access on beautiful Barlow Lake, hiking trails, various program areas, cabins and meeting spaces. We encourage you to schedule a tour with a staff member to see firsthand what our beautiful and historic property has to offer.

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YMCA Camp Manitou-Lin’s trained staff are ready to make your stay safe, enjoyable, and memorable. We are flexible, attentive, and ready to help your group achieve their goals. Let us facilitate icebreakers, team building initiatives, games and songs, or adventure activities to make your experience a success!

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Whether you are seeking a venue for a conference or meeting, or planning a field day to reward your team for a job well done, YMCA Camp Manitou-Lin has the facilities, programming and staff to make your conference and retreat dreams a reality. We work with high schools, colleges, sports teams, non-profit organizations, small businesses and large corporations. Our facilitators can individualize your experience in order to maximize your desired outcomes.

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