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Bay Lake Island
Retreat Center

We have an Island!


We decided to focus attention on wellness here. This is a place for preventing a heavy heart and mind through practices and information intended to help live our best lives with each choice we make.

Our clinics and services are there for real life issues needing work, this is to help keep that at bay, so to speak.


We have 60 ACRES to think about new ways to provide peace, comfort and a healthy mindset to everyday things. 

Our purpose is to provide a setting that is fun and comfortable
allowing for the peace to be apparent. 

It's an introspective time, even when talking with others.

It's building memorable moments -

like the warmth, smell, crackle and colors of a great campfire;

like the first minute in bed after a tiring day;

like sitting in a hammock instead of a hard wooden chair.

And Bay Island Retreat Center is even better
because it's about the happiness of YOU!

16257 Brighton Point Road

Deerwood, MN 56444

(218) 678-2271

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Access live webcam to check the weather at the Island

Bay Lake, Minnesota Webcam - Live Beach Cam

Upcoming Events

Camp Reunion Weekend  |  July 26-28, 2024
Embrace the Past - Ignite the Future 

This will be a weekend filled with

                                   shared stories and
the joy of reliving your camp days.

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Do you have a history of coming to Bay Lake Island -

formerly Bay Lake Camp?

Join us for a nostalgic trip down memory lane, connect with old friends,
celebrate the spirits of those gone on, and create new memories together. 

If life is about connection - then let's get busy doing that!

We can't wait to welcome you back to the place that holds a piece of our heart.

All are welcome.


Come for the pizza, music and camaraderie on Saturday the 27th from 4-10 pm.

Or better yet, stay overnight and relax while catching up!

Click here for overnight booking info.

Campfire and Songs Saturday Evening 

Woodfired Pizza Options Available Saturday Evening 

Church Service by Jim Nelson Sunday 9:30-10:30 am 

Brunch Options Available Sunday following Service 

Bay Lake Retreat Center is an alcohol free venue.

>   This event is being planned by a special committee of

Bev & Harold Sellie, Carol & Gary Malek, Jim & Charlene Nelson

in collaboration with current Program Director Deb Watson.   <


We're Thinking Big!

What goes on here>

Conferences | Seminars | Staff Training and Development | Multi-Day Retreats

Nature Walks on/off Walkways | Team Building Events | Campfires | Great Talking Spots |

Kayaking / Canoeing | Native American Ceremonies | Yoga/Wellness events | Snowshoeing/Cross Country Skiing | Outdoor Woodfire Pizza Oven | 

Cooking Events in our Full Commercial Kitchen | Kids arts and Crafts | Many Kids Games | Sunset Cruises |  Self-Discovery | Practice At Getting Back To Happy!

Booking for your event?
Questions about what kind of events we can host?
Contact Deb Watson in the way you prefer:
(715) 371-0287

ACA Accredited 
The ACA is the only national accrediting body for camps of all types. 
The Accreditation standards focus on health, safety, and risk management,
and are used as benchmarks by government entities.
It helps show our commitment to the well-being of those coming to our island.  

People leave refreshed, rejuvenated and full of great new experiences.
Come out for a tour and see for yourself.
We want you to love it here!


If you would like to book the outdoor amphitheater area, call or use the Booking form above. 

Please use this form to inquire about availability. 


16257 Brighton Point Road

Deerwood, MN 56444

(218) 678-2271

Meet our Chef

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Estelle Cole


Born in Pittsburgh, PA and raised on Cape Cod, I was surrounded with beauty, beaches and incredible food. As an adult, I was able to harness this beauty and creativity into my life’s passion- cooking! My life has been steeped in adventure. I was in the Benedictine life as a Religious for many years and at the same time traveled the world with a world class choir. I spent time learning and cooking in Tuscany as well as studying pastry arts at the International Culinary Institute in New York City. My core values are hospitality, dedication and commitment. Without these, I could never have the joy and fulfillment that I now have. Our team looks forward to welcoming you to ‘taste’ a bit of Bay Lake and join us in our 2024 season. You will not be disappointed!

Meet our Island Director

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Deb Watson


Deb handles it all here on the Island! Any questions for bookings go to her.

She and her pup Page are residents and caretakers of all that goes on.

Both are the personality you feel good about while on site. 

She wants your experience to be as good and memorable as possible - even potentially life changing to any degree. We are after all in the healthy mindspace business being a part of Northern Pines Mental Health Center.

Call or email Deb about anything Bay Lake Retreat Center related.

Photos from the Island

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Campstyle lunch

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Yurt and Tipi Grounds (proposed)

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Fire Pit

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Medical Building

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Relaxing hammock and swing

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Hiking trail in Winter

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Fall colors - Main Red Cedar Lodge

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Sunset at Bay Lake Retreat Center

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Ferry to the island

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Group events

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Pizza in outdoor woodfired oven

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Ringing the Dinner Bell

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Baseball field

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Kids slide and jungle gym

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Hiking trail in Summer

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Drone view of Bay Lake Retreat Center Island

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Girls event around campfire

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Yoga sessions

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Time for friendships

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Morning mist at Bay Lake Retreat Center

Click to see Land Acknowledgement

Donations are appreciated

Help make the Island someting truly special!

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