Big Sandy Camp and Retreat Center has a variety of lodging options.

Lakeview Lodge

Lakeview Lodge has 133 beds; 14 full size and 119 twin size. Each room has several bunks. There are shared men's and women's bathroom facilities. Lakeview Lodge also houses our dining hall and chapel on ground floor.

Oak Lodge

Oak Lodge has 72 beds, 6 full size and 66 twin size. There is one speaker's room with private facilities; the other bunk rooms share men's and women's bathroom facilities. Oak has a cozy lounge with a stone fireplace, a snack counter with a refrigerator and microwave, a conference room that seats up to 70 persons.

Birch Lodge

Birch Lodge is attached to Fisher Chapel which can seat up to approximately 375 people. Birch has 96 beds, 16 full size and 80 twin size, and a private bath in each room. Birch Lodge also has an elevator which services all three floors.

Loon Lodge

Loon Lodge has 27 beds, 26 full size and 1 twin size. Two rooms have private ¾ baths, the remainder use shared facilities. Loon has a lounge with a fireplace for cozy study groups and a more intimate setting. It also has a refrigerator, microwave and snack counter. Loon works well for small groups and couples.


  • 3 sites with full hook-ups
  • 8 sites with water and electric
  • 8 sites with electric only

Pets Policy

To best accomplish our mission and to comply with Aitkin County’s Youth Camp ordinance, no pets of any kind are allowed on the main campus area of Big Sandy Camp. To comply with state and federal law, service animals that have been trained to perform tasks or do work for the benefit of a person with a disability are permitted on the property. The tasks or work the animal does must be directly related to the persons disability. Animals sometimes referred to as emotional support animals that may provide a sense of safety, companionship or comfort are by law, not considered service animals as they are not individually trained to perform a specific task and are therefore not permitted on campus.

Pine Needle Lodge

The Pine Needle Lodge is one of our smaller buildings and offers a very cozy atmosphere. The lake-side has just recently been remodeled and is completely self-contained with private bath and complete kitchen. The lake side has two bedrooms and a total of six beds (one double). It is also home to our camp nurse during the summer camp weeks.