Fall, Winter & Spring Camp

Keep the Fun Going Year-Round at Fall, Winter & Spring Camp!

Just because summer is over, doesn’t mean the good times have to end. At YMCA Family Camp Nawakwa, play is at the heart of everything we do — and play doesn’t stop for any season! 

Offerings & Activities

Whether the sun is shining, the leaves are changing colors, snow is covering the grounds, or flowers are blooming — basically, whatever season it is — Family Camp Nawakwa has something for you and your family! We offer a variety of activities, such as hiking, fishing, ice-skating, snowshoeing, and so much more! Check out our Fall, Winter, and Spring Camp staff-led program events.

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Facilities & Accommodations

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Nightly Rates & Availability

Cabin Rentals
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  • Registration can be completed online or by calling the YMCA Family Camp Nawakwa Staff at 715-588-7422. A $50 deposit is required at registration. This deposit will be applied to the balance due. YMCA Family Camp Nawakwa has permission to charge the credit card on file per the agreed upon plan. 50% of your payment is due 120 days prior to your stay. The remaining 50% is due 30 days prior to your arrival. The minimum stay is two nights, unless otherwise agreed upon.

    For more information about our payment policies and payment options, click here.

  • After registering, you can click here to access your account and make updates.

  • Call us at 715-588-7422 for cabin availability.

  • Located in Lac du Flambeau, Wisconsin, Family Camp Nawakwa is just a car ride away. We are approximately 6.5 hours from Chicago, 4 hours from Milwaukee, 3.5 hours from Madison, 3 hours from Green Bay, and 4 hours from Minnesota’s Twin Cities.

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  • Campers can check in after 2 p.m. unless otherwise noted. After 5 p.m., you can proceed directly to your cabin. Your cabin will be unlocked with the Welcome Packet and key left inside. Campers must check out by 10 a.m.

  • At YMCA Family Camp Nawaka, camper welfare comes before everything else! Our staff are trained in CPR, First Aid, and AED, and all our activities operate under strict policies and procedures. 

    YMCA staff are thoroughly trained in emergency and security procedures. All visitors must check in at the camp office before entering. Directors are in constant communication with our lakefront staff and other activity supervisors. 

    Cabins are equipped with smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and fire extinguishers. The camp maintains well-equipped first aid kits in the Welcome Center and in the South Camp Lodge. If there is a serious emergency, the staff is trained in basic first aid, and the EMS is located in town. There is also a hospital and clinics in Minocqua.

  • If you require a modification due to a disability to participate in any of our programs, please inform camp staff at the time of your enrollment and make sure to select the request on your enrollment paperwork so that a member of our inclusion team can reach out to you.  Questions? Email [email protected].

  • According to DNR regulations firewood must be from Wisconsin and must be from less than 25 miles from where you plan to burn it. However, we do sell firewood for fall, winter, and spring campers.

  • Beginning on Indigenous Peoples’ Day (the second Monday of October) through the Thursday of Memorial Day Weekend, firewood will be provided based on the length of your stay for Spruce and Bridge Builder cabins ONLY. Firewood bundles are the same as the bundles we sell in the summer! Family Camp Nawakwa provides a maximum of four nights of firewood.

    • • For a two night stay, we provide firewood for both nights.
    • • For a three night stay, we provide firewood for two nights.
    • • For a four night stay, we provide firewood for three nights.
    • • For a five night stay, we provide firewood for four nights.

    There is a charge for additional firewood for longer fires and/or more nights. An additional bundle of firewood costs $7 and can be added to your account balance. Ten extra bundles of firewood will be left in Spruce and Bridge Builder cabins for your convenience. Take what you need, and upon your departure, our staff will check how many bundles are left and charge accordingly. Extra bundles for Spruce cabin are on the porch. Extra bundles for Bridge Builder cabin are in the closet in the foyer.

    Spruce and Bridge Builder cabins are the only cabins with an indoor fireplace. All other cabins are able to purchase firewood for an outdoor fire, weather conditions permitting. We do not clear snow from the outdoor cabin fire pits. Campers can gather wood to burn as long as it’s dead and down. Do not cut down any live trees! Camp Nawakwa will not provide an ax.

    Tip: For kindling, pull away small pieces from the provided firewood or collect sticks from outside. Place those sticks near the fireplace or cabin heater to dry them out. Scrap paper is available in the office upon request.

  • We strive to make camp a positive experience for everyone. Our staff are trained to monitor camper behavior and are mandated reporters if they see or hear suspicious behavior. However, at all times, parents, guardians, or caretakers are responsible for their own behavior, as well as the behavior of their children. YMCA Family Camp Nawakwa staff will intervene only in the event of imminent danger or injury. 

    We work hard not to dismiss campers from camp. However, some cases require us to send a camper home, such as if they begin to endanger others or if they require an unsustainable amount of attention from one or more staff members. 

  • For packing efficiency, we recommend soft-sided luggage. You will need to bring bath and dish towels, as well as bedding or sleeping bags and pillows for your family. Also, you will need to bring soap, shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste, shaving supplies, first aid, flashlight, etc. 

    The weather in northern Wisconsin is variable at any time of the year. We encourage campers to bring clothes that can get dirty and to bring enough clothing to last the entire session. There are several coin operated laundry facilities in nearby Lac du Flambeau, Minocqua, and Woodruff.

    With regards to food, ​​you will need to purchase groceries in either Minocqua or Woodruff. Cabins have a refrigerator, four-burner gas stovetop, oven, microwave, coffee pot, toaster, pots and pans, kitchen utensils, and dishes. Milk, bread, soda, pizza, candy, chips, etc. are a few of the food items sold in the camp store. Unfortunately, Family Camp Nawakwa does not provide food services to groups at this time.

    Campers are responsible for their own belongings. Parents are encouraged to mark their child's belongings with their name. We do our best to locate and return lost items, however, we will not reimburse families for lost clothing or other items brought to camp. We will hold all items left at camp for one month.

  • The camp store will be open between Memorial day through the end of September. Store items include:

    • Candy
    • Ice Cream
    • Pizza
    • Nachos and Cheese
    • Pretzel Sticks and Cheese
    • Limited Grocery Items (mainly dry goods)
    • Drinks
    • Bottled Water
    • T-Shirts
    • Sweatshirts
    • Postcards
    • Bags of Ice
    • Hats
    • Limited Toiletries
  • YMCA Family Camp Nawakwa is designed to be a place for families to connect and enjoy activities and nature. While we cannot stop campers from bringing their electronics, we encourage everyone to unplug. We offer WiFi in the Welcome Center and South Camp Lodge. We only provide the connection; you must have your own computer.

  • We do not provide meals. Families prepare their own meals in their cabins and can socialize with other families during meal times if they choose to. 

  • Yes! YMCA Family Camp Nawakwa is for the whole family, including your furriest friends. Prior to arrival at camp, pet owners must pay a fee of $135 per week, as well as documented proof of their pet’s rabies vaccine, as required by Wisconsin state law. DHPP, Bordetella, and Lyme vaccines are recommended but nor required. Your family is responsible for all damages incurred by your pet. For more information, check out the Nawakwa Pet Procedures in our Policies and Procedures Guide.

  • If cancellation occurs 120 days or more prior to your stay, your deposit and all subsequent payments are refundable with a $25 cancellation fee taken out. If cancellation occurs less than 120 days prior to your stay, you will forfeit 50% of the total fee. If cancellation occurs within 30 days or less of your stay, you will forfeit the full balance.