CAMPS AND PARKS

Several Odd Fellow Jurisdictions have recreation parks, camp grounds and youth camps available for Odd Fellows, Rebekahs, and their families. Some make their facilities available to the general public, but they often have reduced rates for members of the Order. Following is a thumbnail sketch on some of these facilities.

Alabama

Arizona

California

Colorado

Illinois

Iowa

Kentucky

Maine

Michigan

Minnesota

New Hampshire

New Mexico

Ohio

Oregon

Washington

Wisconsin

Alabama

ODD FELLOW RECREATIONAL PARK. 253 County Rd., Clanton, AL 35045, Phone 205-755-6114.

Location 7-1/2 miles East of I-65, exit from I-65 at exit 212, Clanton, AL, go east on Highway 145, take first right, one mile and turn left for one mile then right on County Rd. 253 for five miles to camp. A 100 acre park with a 20 acre lake. Manager: Randall Fletcher, 10301 Boots Rd., Grand Bay, AL 36541, Phone. 205/824-2664.

Facilities: Three cabins (15 people per cabin), 100 person auditorium, 50 person dining hall, eight R/V hook-ups (dump), with eight additional parking, community baths and showers, A/C & Heat pavilion with rest rooms, sleeping quarters, dining kitchen, outside BBQ, capacity for 200 persons. Recreation: Boating, Fishing, Lake swimming.

Open: Year round. No reservations required. Special events, Annual fish fry first Saturday in October. Visitors welcome with members.

Rate: Is $4.00 per night.

Arizona

ODD FELLOW/REBEKAH CAMP INC. Show Low, AZ.

12.6 acre park for youth and adults. Located 16 miles west of Show Low, AZ on Highway 260 halfway between mileposts 325/326. Elevation 6500 feet. Manager: David Keck, P. O. Box 735, Buckeye, AZ 85326 602/386-2303. Nov. 1 to April 30 only. Summer Address: HC 31 Box 164, Show Low, AZ 85901

Facilities: 20 campsites. Most with cement slabs and fire rings. Modern rest rooms with hot and cold water, flush toilets and showers. Porta Jons for use in distant areas. Club room for activities. Ramada for group meals and other uses. Coin operated washer and dryer. Horseshoe pit. Dump station. Firewood. Recreation: Fishing, Hiking.

Open: May 1 - Oct. 31. Visitors welcome with members of the order.

Rate: Suggested minimum donation for full hookup $5.00 daily; dry camping $2.00 daily; water and electric $3.00 daily. Exclusive use of 24" X 40" Ramada $25.00 daily. Reservations recommended.

California

THREE LINKS CAMP, 21950 Highway 108, Miwuk Village, CA 95346, Phone. 209-586-5500.

Located 18.5 miles east of Sonora on California Highway 108 at 4,800 feet elevation. 25 acre camp in Stanislaus National Forest, 1/2 mile from the Highway on a gravel road. For Three Links Camp information or to make reservations for individuals, groups, or summer camp, contact Paulette Lamphere, P. O. Box 293797, Sacramento, CA 95829-3797, (916) 688-0180. Facility Manager, John King, Three Links Camp, 21950 Highway 108, MiWuk Village, CA 95346, 209-586-5500.

Facilities: Four centrally located dormitories each contain 22 beds (one with 12 beds) and a room with toilet and sink. Three rest room buildings contain showers for bathing. The main rest room building has a coin operated laundry room. Multipurpose building serves as dining room, recreation room and focal point of the camp. A fireplace and hearth stretch across an entire wall. A piano makes cold weather evenings pleasant. Kitchen, storage, and serving area can handle food for groups over 200. Three Links Camp "Chapel in the Pines" is a beautiful building with stained glass window and seating for 170 people. Recreation: Hiking, pool and lake swimming, chapel, arts, crafts, games, sports equipment for all beginning at age 6.

Open: Year round. Special functions include festival on 4th Saturday in June. Visitors welcome with members. Call manager for reservations and group or family. Complete list of rates on web page go to:

www.caioof.org/ioof/ca_3linkscamp.html

ODD FELLOWS SIERRA PARK, located on Highway 108, 17 miles above Sonora, is an attractive subdivision situated on nearly 400 acres of land in Tuolumne County. There are 363 lots in the Park, and most of them have homes or vacation cabins on them. Situated in the center of the Park is a meadow with a man-made lake as the focal point of activities for the many full and part time residents of the Park. A barbecue and picnic area is used extensively. A popular gather place is the lodge and offices, located in the meadow and also the home for Sierra Park Odd Fellows Lodge No. 376. A network of improved paved roads stretches throughout the park with names of streets taken from the Odd Fellow and Rebekah Degrees, like Jordan Way, Rebekah Street, David Street, etc. A fulltime caretaker is employed to manage and maintain the water system, all equipment, roads, snow plowing, patrolling the Park, and miscellaneous duties. Additional information may be obtained by contacting: Odd Fellows Sierra Park, P. O. Box 116, Long Barn, CA  95335, (209) 586-3098.

ODD FELLOWS RUSSIAN RIVER PARK, located two miles east of Guerneville on the south side of the Russian River in Sonoma County.  There are 1,100 cabin sites including rental units and 35 family camping spaces. Every renter must be sponsored by a member of the park. The 317 acres has road and street names with a connection to Odd Fellowship like Wildey, Colfax, Saratoga, etc. While many of the cabins and homes are located on the slopes and hills in the park, the flat land is utilized for the recreation area, camp grounds, rental units, store, teen club, clubhouse, outdoor theater, picnic area, playgrounds and barbecue area. The beach area, 350 feet frontage, is the finest to be found on the Russian River. The park manager and a guard and patrol service insures the privacy of the park. Additional information may be obtained by writing to: odd Fellows Recreation Club, P. O. Box 707, Guerneville, CA 95446.

REDDING ODD FELLOWS CAMP, is located directly across from the Lewiston turn-off on Route 299 West. The camp has two creeks running through the 480 acres in Shasta County. The property  is owned by  Redding Odd Fellows Lodge No. 271. The camp came into  existence after World War II in 1947. Originally it was merely a camp grounds where Odd Fellows and their families could come to picnic or camp out for a few days. It was decided by the Redding Odd Fellows Lodge to allow Odd Fellows and Rebekahs to  buy 50 year permits to build year around or summer residences or locate mobile homes in the camp. There are 76 home sites. A clubhouse was built in  1978 by residents with facilities for parties, potlucks and camp meetings. Additional information may be obtained from Redding Odd Fellows Lodge No. 271, P. O. Box 990703, Redding, CA 96099, (530) 243-2041

Colorado

GRAND ENCAMPMENT CAMPGROUND, IOOF of Colorado. Indian Wells Rd.

Directions to camp: Take U.S. Highway 50 west of Canon City 10 miles - left on Copper Gulch Road 12.6 miles to Indian Wells Road, right 1/2 mile to gate.

A 97 acre camp, for both youth and adults. Manager: Camp Committee Secretary, Olus Embry, 917 Grand, Canon City, Colorado 81212, Phone. 719-275-2651.

Facilities: A 30' X 60' shelter house, with kitchen facilities, 50 R/V spaces (no hook-up), unlimited tent space, lights and water in building, well, storage tank, portable generator.

Recreation: Hiking, fishing 10 miles south, lake and stream, art/crafts, games/sport equipment, bird watching, wildlife. A camp for all ages and special functions.

Open: Year round, weather permitting. Contact Colorado Grand Lodge office, 1545 Phelps Avenue, Canon City, Colorado, 81212. Phone. 1-719-275-2651 for reservations. Visitors welcome with members of the Order.

Rate: Contributions.

COLORADO IOOF CAMPGROUND, Hesperus Colorado, 1.87 acre with 400 ft. of water, for youth and adults. Located 7 miles north of Hesperus, Colorado.

Manager: Keith Harrison, 706 E 6th Ave., Durango, CO 81301-5509 Phone. 303/247-0090.

Facilities: Consist of a shelter with five dry parking lots, secured by a chain-link fence with locked gates and equipment room.

Recreation: Fishing, hiking and games. A camp for all ages or special functions.

Open: May through October. Special functions planned. Contact manager for reservations and rate. Visitors welcome with members of the Order.

Illinois

ODD FELLOWS CAMP & LAKE. RR #1, Box 254, Clay City, IL 62824. A 47 acre park with 400 feet of water front for youth and adults. Manager: Camp Caretakers, RR 1 Box 254, Clay City IL, 62824, Phone. 618/689-3465.

Facilities: a 150 capacity dining pavilion, five cabins with four persons per cabin, 53 R/V hook-ups, swings, slides, mini-store for your convenience selling food, soda, bait. Boat rental available.

Recreation: Boating, fishing and hiking.

Open: April 1 to Oct. 31. Special functions held monthly. Reservations suggested. Camp is open to the public.

Rate: Cabins $14-30 per day, $90-180 per week, R/V hookups $15 per day, $85 per week.

Iowa

P.M. PARK. S. Shore, Clear Lake, IA. Manager: Dwayne & V. Miller, S Shore, Clear Lake, IA, 50428.

Facilities: 150 person auditorium, 200 person dining hall, one cabin for six people, 12 R/V hook ups, 60 parking spaces and a canteen. Recreation: Boating, fishing, hiking, swimming (lake).

Open: Contact manager for information and reservations. Special functions including reunions, club functions, P.M. Pack sessions.

Kentucky

ODD FELLOWS YOUTH CAMP. Dewey Lake. Location: From junction Highway 80, 23 and 3 at Prestonsburg, KY, take Highway 3 to Jenny Wiley State Park, turn right at Park Lodge (May Lodge), camp is 3-1/2 miles from park lodge. A 55 acre camp on Dewey Lake for youth and adults. Manager: Harold & Sandy Poynter, P. O. Box 1265, Prestonsburg, KY 41653, Phone. 1-606-886-9708.

Facilities: Three cabins, Cabin #3 will sleep 25-30 people, has a wood burning stove for cool weather; Cabin #4 will sleep 14-16 people, has a fireplace for cool weather; Cabin #5 will sleep 4-6 people, has electric heat for cool weather. The cabins are furnished with bunk beds, mattresses, stoves, refrigerators and bathroom facilities. Cooking utensils are available but limited. Grills are available for outside cooking. Also a cellular telephone is available at the caretaker's cabin for emergency calls only. A camping area for tents and a 50' X 30' picnic shelter is available. Recreation: Swimming (lake), fishing, hiking, exploring and a scenic boat ride along Dewey Lake, sports, and games. Open: Year round. Visitors are welcome.

Rate: No charge. For reservations contact Jerry Adams, 958 Broadway, Paintsville, KY 41240, Phone. 1-606-297-5172.

IOOF NOLIN LAKE YOUTH CAMP. Bee Springs, KY. Located off highway 259 between Litchfield, KY and Brownsville, KY. A 22 acre camp on Nolin Lake. Approximately 400 feet of lake front. Manager: Warren Graham, 707 Covington, Bowling Green, KY 42103, Phone. 502/842-7836.

Facilities: A large pavilion with wood fireplace, seats 120 people. Complete kitchen. Men's and women's bath rooms and showers. With city water. One R/V hookup. Two summer cabins each with 16 bunk beds with foam mattresses and counselors rooms separate, also clothes lockers. Recreation: Fishing, hiking, swimming (lake), motor boating, nature trails, boat dock for fishing, tent camping. Open: Call manager (502/842-7836) for reservations.

Rates: Free to all chaperoned youth groups.

Maine

CAMP NEOFA. P. O. Box 101, Liberty, Maine, 04949. Directions to camp: Off Rt. 3 on 202 to Rt. 173, take Rt. 173 approximately five miles to camp sign. A 35 acre park with 2300 feet of water front. For youth ages 8-15.

Administrator: Carla Messer, 35 Hillside Ave. Keene NH  03431 Phone. 603-352-0061.

Facilities: 120 capacity dining hall, arts/craft building, nurses cabin, recreation hall, 12 cabins 10 people per cabin. Recreation: Supervised activities such as sports, games, fishing, hiking, swimming (lake), kayaking and arts & craft. Open: 4-5 weeks for youths ages 8-15, visitors welcome. Contact Eugene Winchenback, 36 Cedar Ln, Appleton ME, 04862, Phone 207-785-6018  Camp phone No. 207/589-4133.

Rate: $225 per week.

Michigan

TALL OAKS ODD FELLOW & REBEKAH YOUTH CAMP, 1753 S. Rebecca Rd, Baldwin, Michigan 49304.  27 Acre park with 5,280 feet of water front for youth and adults. Approximately 17.5 partially wooded acres with approximately 3/4 of a mile of shoreline on beautiful Big Star Lake, in Lake County.

Manager: Camp board of directors, Karen K. Allen, Sec., 504 W. Huron Ave., Vassar, MI 48768, Phone. 1-517-823-2516.

Facilities:  Kitchen/Dining hall that seats 260, 11 cabins that can accomodate 11 people per cabin, 40 R/V sites, Chapel with a beautiful stained glass window, health center, community bath/shower house.

Youth camping includes 6 one week residential, co-ed camping sessions, that are age specific.  Children age 7- 15 may attend during their specific age session.  Offering archery, riflery, swimming (lake), hiking, arts & crafts, games, aqua jump and sports. 

For children's reservations contact Joanna Lupo, Camp Director/Manager, 691  155th Ave, Hersey, MI 49639  (231)832-2704.  $185.00/week.

Camp is managed by a Board of Directors.  For group or individual use contact, Chuck Londo, Secretary, 1259 Barry Drive, Lapeer, MI 48446  (810)664-6715. 

Special functions include meetings, 2 planned adult/family camping weekends, youth session, water/ski show, 4th of July fireworks and clean-up weekend work bees.

Visitors are welcome. Suggested overnight donation is $20.00.

Minnesota

CAMP FA HO CHA. Rt. 1, Box 201 A, Cleveland, MN 56017.
Camp Board Secretary is: Donna Perryman, P.O. Box 404, Winnebago, MN 56098

The Minnesota Odd Fellow Youth Camp, Inc is known as "Camp Fa-Ho-Cha", the acronym of Faith, Hope, and Charity from the Encampment degrees. The camp is located on a 25 acre island on German Lake which is about 20 miles NE of Mankato, MN

The camp is controlled by a board of directors, 6 Odd Fellows and 3 Rebekahs elected at the annual meeting during the Grand Lodge/Rebekah sessions. Work days and board meetings are the last Sunday of the month April through October. Camping is for 10 12 year old children sponsored by the lodges during the 3rd and 4th weeks of July. Extra weeks are available as needed. Other groups such as group homes, schools, confirmation retreats, family vacations, etc. fill the remaining rental dates throughout the summer.

Facilities: The camp has 8 - A - frame cabins which sleeps 5 campers each. The 14' x 14' cabins are insulated and equipped with a ventilation fan, floor fans, and fluorescent lighting. They also are equipped with a folding card table and chairs along with carpeted floor. Fire extinguishers and smoke alarms provide extra safety precautions. The most recent undertaking was the two-story counselor cabin. It has 3 rooms for the counselor and staff. The upstairs is used by the maintenance person and board members. There are modern men/women bath rooms with showers. The 36' x 68' recreation hall also serves as the kitchen area. The parking lot has approximately 20 parking spaces and is a secured area. R/Vs can use limited electric or there is a nearby campground within half mile. Parking lot is located on County 13 across from public access on Lake Jefferson. Two new pontoons purchased in 2006 transport campers comfortably and safely to the island (about one mile).

Recreation: Water front activities include: swim area, canoeing, paddle boats, fishing, and sheriffs patrol instruction on water safety. Recreation hall activities include: pool table, basketball shoot, air hockey, bumper pool, ping pong, crafting area and supplies. Be a part of Nature recognition: identify trees, collect frogs, or build an insect catcher, There are two hiking trails to explore. Play favorite outdoor games: Horseshoes, volleyball, capture the flag, Night tag, scavenger hunt, lawn games. The goal is to have Campers learn to interact with other campers and HAVE FUN!

Open: April through September
Rate: $150 per week for youth sponsored by a lodge. Group rates vary upon number of consumers and amount of usage of facilities. Check with secretary.

New Hampshire

EATON PARK, INC. Located at Pingree Hill Rd., Auburn, NH 03032. A nine acre camp for youth and adults. Manager: Donald Harris, 2 Maple Ave., Peterborough, NH 03458.

Facilities: A pavilion for 80 people, three cabins with a capacity for six people per cabin, 20 parking spaces available. Open: Contact manager for reservations and information. Special functions such as IOOF Family weekend each year.

New Mexico

INDEPENDENT ORDER OF ODD FELLOWS AND REBEKAHS CAMPGROUND. Also used as Youth Campground. Torreon & Manzano. Located approximately three miles south of Torreon, New Mexico on State Road 337 and then west approximately two miles to campground, 40 acre campground with gravel roads. pine trees, and some shaded parking for trailers and R/V's for youth and adults. Manager-Director: Ernest Cloud, Director  address: 4000 Goodrich NE, Albuquerque, NM  87110  Phone for contact: 505-881-0667

Facilities: A partially enclosed building with tables and fireplace for approximately 100 people. About 20 R/V spaces with electric and water, baseball diamond, basketball court, some small buildings for dry camping. Limited access for handicapped.

Recreation: Hiking, camping, nature walks (close to National Forest), games/sports equipment. Special function for all ages. Annual picnic last weekend in July. Open: Year round for dry camping. Electric and water on May through October. Special functions including annual picnic & youth camp-o-ree. Visitors welcome with members of the Order. Contact manager for reservations.

Rate: No set rate, donations gladly accepted.

Ohio

WILDEY PARK. 3706 Snyder Domer Rd., Springfield, Ohio. Near Tremont City, Ohio, 10.2 acre park for youth and adults. Manager: Rex Stelzer, 2954 Spence Rd., New Carlisle, Ohio, 45344, Phone. 513/964-8666.

Facilities: Two shelter houses with the larger seating about 75, 28 full R/V hook-ups, with over-flow parking, two rest rooms for men with showers and two for women. Recreation: Hiking, arts/crafts, games/sports equipment, special functions. Open: Year round, members only, contact manager for reservations or Richard Kline, 4357 Detrick, Jordon Pk., Springfield, Ohio 45502, Phone. 513/969-9138.

Rate: $6.

Oregon

JESSE T. JONES ODD FELLOW PARK. Florence, Oregon. A 50 acre park for families. Manager: Lonney and Joyce Knox are the park managers. The mail address is 04906 South Jetty Road, Florence, OR  97439, and phone (541) 997-7546. Florence is on the central Oregon Coast, at the junction of U.S. Highways 101 (the Oregon Coast Hwy.) and 126 (from Eugene). The only access to South Jetty Road is from U.S. Highway 101."

Facilities: Accommodations Available include Full R.V. Hookups, Water, Electricity and Sewer (including 20 new spaces with 20, 40 & 60 amp electrical hookups). Additional R.V. spaces include electricity only. Tent and overflow spaces are also available with no hookups on site.  Other facilities include a large, covered pavilion with kitchen (including grills); Multi-Purpose Meeting Room connected to covered pavilion; Holgate Building Meeting Room, kitchen & rest rooms; outside fire ring; horseshoe pitching area; outdoor basketball court; and direct access to the dunes from Jones Park for ATV's and dune buggies. There are now two complete restroom/shower buildings.

Rate for Odd Fellows and Rebekahs is $15.00 per night, and the rate for guests of members is $23.00 per night (member making the invitation must be present). Park quiet hours are from 10 p.m. to 8 a.m., including RV generators and ATV's.  Dogs are welcome but must be kept on leash.  All buildings are handicap accessible, clean and welcoming.  Travelers finding their way to the Jessie T. Jones Park will really enjoy their visit.

Open: Year round. Special functions include weekend camp-outs, cookouts for grand lodge officers, department council officers and encampment officers on July 4th and a Labor Day outing and a spring fling on the 1st week in April. Visitors welcome with members of the Order. Contact the manager for reservations.

Washington

WASHINGTON ODD FELLOWS RECREATIONAL PARK.   96 South Camano Ridge Rd., Camano Island, WA 98292.  DIRECTIONS:  I-5, exit 212, turn west on Highway 532 through Stanwood, to Camano Island, take left fork at big "Y" which is East Camano Way, turn right on Cross Island Rd., turn left on Camano Ridge Rd, continue to 96 Camano Ridge Rd.  A beautiful 80 acre park consisting of a native forest and lake.  Quite surroundings with birds and Eagles flying in the early mornings.  MANAGER:  Betty Peake, 1-360-387-3133 or 1-360-387-0931.  Mailing address: 96 South Camano Ridge Road, Camano Island, WA 98292

FACILITIES:  A two level auditorium with each level having a 20' X 30' meeting room, Large kitchen on lower level and small kitchenette on upper level.  Each floor has a 40' X 50' meeting and rest rooms.  Rustic outdoor covered kitchen with BBQ pit, picnic tables, tent spaces, 24 R/V hook-ups (water & electricity only) and 50 additional parking spaces.  Dump station 5 miles south at state park.  RECREATION:  Hiking trails around lake.   OPEN: Year around.  Scheduled activities held:  Pork Chop BBQ on 2nd Sunday in July at noon.  Pancake breakfast 1st Saturday of each month except July and August.  RATE:  R/V hook-ups $12.00 per day.  Contact office for prices regarding groups.  Great for large groups such as R/V Clubs, Square Dancing groups, meetings, wedding receptions, family reunions and day picnics.

Wisconsin

ODD FELLOW & REBEKAH YOUTH CAMP. N1115 City. Trk.. E Waupaca, Wisconsin, 54981-8401, Phone. 1-715-258-2286. 117 acre park on two lakes, Lake McLean and Goose Neck Lake. Camp open to youth groups associated with Odd Fellowship and other responsible organizations. Manager: Caretaker, N1115 City Trk. E. Waupaca, Wisconsin, 54981, Phone. 1-715-258-2286.

Facilities: A kitchen and dining hall large enough to serve 200 people. Six modern cabins with beds for 18 in each. Staff quarters to accommodate 30 people. A large game room for indoor activities. Chapel for spiritual guidance and worship. Administration building. 16 R/V hook-ups. Recreation: Crafts, offer opportunity to turn disposable containers into useful articles. Nature study groups find many plants and animals inhabiting the campgrounds and nature trail. Under-privileged and handicapped children spend a week having fun in the great outdoors. During the four (4) weeks of Youth camp (7-14), camping after July 4th, nurses are available 24 hours a day and lifeguard will be on duty. A camp director is provided to formulate recreation and educational programs. A counselor is provided for each eight children for guidance and companionship. A baseball diamond as well as facilities for tennis, volleyball, darts, shuffleboard, badminton, soccer, archery, horseshoe, ping pong, boating and canoeing. Camping after July 4th. Open: For visitors April through November. Month of July reserved for the youth. Contact manager for reservations.