About Lake Ellen Camp

Lake Ellen Camp has served as a haven for children and their families since 1958. We’re located on a picturesque campus with awesome facilities in Crystal Falls MI.

In 1958, a group of Pastors and Elders from several local churches gathered to purchase the plots of land that would become Lake Ellen Camp.  Over the years Lake Ellen has had the privilege of seeing thousands of campers of all ages make life-changing decisions for Jesus Christ.  It is still our primary mission to provide that wilderness camp experience for our guests to get away from the stresses of daily life and grow closer to an Almighty God.


Who We Are

Lake Ellen Bible Camp is an Independent Christ - Focused Camp & Retreat Center located in the woods of the Western Upper Peninsula of Michigan.  Our Campus is located on 378 acres of beautiful Northern woods, on two private lakes.

Why We Are Here

Lake Ellen Camp is a ministry committed to Evangelism and Discipleship through Partnership with Local Churches and Creative & Innovative Camps & Retreats.


Mission Statement

We partner with churches to make disciples by leveraging our premier wilderness setting to create unique Gospel experiences for life transformation.

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Executive Director

Sam Reece, Jr.

A recent addition to the Lake Ellen Staff, Sam has spent many years in the Hospitality Administration field.  He has most recently been in full-time ministry as an Assistant Pastor specializing in Youth Ministries, Education & Music.  He comes to Lake Ellen Camp with his wife Katie and their four children - Alyssa, Aubrey, Janet and Sam III.