Effective Camp Research Project

Fortune Lake Lutheran Camp is honored to announce that we have received a grant  from the Effective Camp Research Project/Siebert Foundation. The grant will support a unique research project at Fortune Lake Lutheran Camp this summer. The purpose of the research is to demonstrate the impact of a one week camp experience on campers ages 10-17.

The Effective Camp Research Project is the first ever research team to empirically study the impact of religious camps.  In receiving this grant Fortune Lake is on the cutting edge of these new discoveries nationwide.  “Our team has great respect for Fortune Lake Lutheran Camp and their leader, Rev Tracy Polzin.  It will be exciting to measure, empirically, how this organization is making a difference in the lives of their campers,” said researcher Dr. Paul Hill.  “Offering this scholarship to Fortune Lake Lutheran Camp gives our research team more data to not only evaluate FLLC, but to compare their scores with other camps,” added fellow researcher Dr. Jake Sorenson.

The research will be done this summer and evaluated throughout the fall and early winter.  “We already have great stories of campers lives being changed, now we will be able to further understand how that change happens, and how we can improve our ministry,” commented camp director, Tracy Polzin.

The Effective Camp Research Project has been generously funded by the Siebert Foundation in Milwaukee, WI for the past two years.  The results of their work can be found at www.effectivecamp.com.

Summer 2017 Theme: The Water of Life!

“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you.” -Isaiah 43:2.

Water is the physical life source of our bodies and our world, making up about 60% of adult human beings and 70% of the planet Earth. As campers will discover throughout the week, water is also the source of Christian spiritual life. The Bible is filled with stories involving water as a powerful means by which God sustains, heals, revives, and saves us. God surrounds us and fills us with literal waters and spiritual waters that remind us how we are part of God’s life. Register now for a life changing experience at Fortune Lake Lutheran Camp. Campers will grow in faith, make new friends, and have tons of fun!

2016 Recap

As 2016 comes to a close, we here at Fortune Lake are reminiscing on all the wonderful things that have happened this year.

We’ve had a great time hosting year-round retreats, as well as having retreat groups come and enjoy our facilities. Whether it was singing camp songs around the fire, chatting away at meals, playing games in the chapel, or enjoying quiet time in our lodges, we have many fond memories of the various groups and individuals we’ve gotten to meet and fellowship with.

The snow is softly falling outside, and it seems just like yesterday summer was upon us. We had a spectacular summer this year, and loved having this Place of Grace be filled with so much people. We had an incredible amount of campers come to Fortune Lake and we had a lot of Day Camps too.

September came too quick, and before we knew it, we were hosting year-round retreats again, along with introducing a new program called Half Day Camp. We have worked it out with Forest Park School to send their elementary students here whenever there is a half day. These kids get the chance to experience camp and it’s a wonderful afternoon filled with fun and laughter.

Our Fall Fest was a success and we are so thankful for all the support and love we’ve received on our annual fundraiser.

The holidays are upon us and it’s crazy to think that in a few days we’ll be transitioning into a new year.

We’re thankful to everyone who has prayed, helped financially, and supported us in various capacities. It takes a community to help change the life of a child, and we’re thankful for our Fortune Lake community.

Blessings to you all and we’re excited to see what 2017 has in store for us!

Fall Festivities

Fall is in full swing here at Fortune Lake! The leaves are changing color, the air is getting chillier, and we’re transitioning into a new season. There have been many events that have kept us busy, and it was wonderful seeing our staff alumni at a few of them! Some of the events we’ve held since summer ended include: Fall Fest and our Tree House Dedication, our JR High Retreat, and our newest program, Half Day Camp.

If you haven’t heard about Half Day Camp yet, we’ll explain it more in-depth. There’s a bunch of half days scattered throughout Forest Park’s school year calendar and they’re mostly during the week, so it can create a dilemma for the parents who work. We’ve collaborated with the school in order to offer a Half Day Camp experience for the elementary youth. Their time here includes games, snack time, arts and crafts, and magical times. We have the high school students coming out and helping too, which helps them gain leadership skills. It’s been great for us to connect more with our local community!

In addition we’ve been hosting different quilting groups, getting our facilities ready for winter, doing some offsite shenanigans, and making sure everything is good from the summer.

There is always something to do here at camp! We hope you all are enjoying fall, and are excited for the transitions in season. As much as we’d love an endless summer with our campers, there is beauty in all seasons.

Year-Round Retreats Available!

We have something for everyone! Retreat season at Fortune Lake is filled with retreats for all ages and all different interests! Enjoy comfortable lodging in one of our high comfort retreat buildings or duplexes. We have great food and a warm, welcoming staff to ensure you have a wonderful time at Fortune!

Click here to see which year round retreats are available.

We would also love to host your specially designed retreat! Contact us today at 906-214-2267 or officemanager@fortunelake.org to schedule your own event!

Summer 2016: The Jesus Way

This summer’s theme The Jesus Way focused each day’s Bible study on these topics: praying, loving our neighbors, forgiveness, feeding, & serving the Jesus Way. Each day campers studied a story about Jesus that helped us learn more about how we can live our lives in the love of Christ.

We had a great summer! 600 on-site campers came to Fortune Lake this summer! We haven’t seen this many campers in a decade. We are so thankful to God for the families, churches, & donors who make camp, & this life-changing experience, possible for so many!

Our campers were represented by families & individuals from near & far. We had campers from Alaska, Texas, Hawaii as well as many from Wisconsin and Michigan and several other states. Our youngest camper was just a few months old and we had some in their 80s! Those lucky Vagabonds & Night Owls were able to use our NEW Tree Houses for the first time!

Returning & new counseling staff & support staff, from very near & VERY far, join our full-time staff to keep Fortune Lake running smoothly every summer! We are thankful for volunteers also who help us during these busy summer weeks!

Received Grant Award for New Boating Vests!

Fortune Lake received a grant award from the Dickinson Area Community Foundation. We’re thankful for this foundation, and the opportunity to improve the quality and safety of our waterfront. We’ll be using these funds to buy new boating vests for our campers! We’re excited to see our waterfront be graced with new boating vests this summer!

Fortune Lake Watercolor Prints Available!


Paul Oman, an internationally acclaimed watercolorist, took the time to paint this beautiful canvas of Fortune Lake while staying with us this past summer.

These limited edition prints are a perfect present this holiday season, and the best part is that 50% of the proceeds will go to support the ministry here at Fortune Lake! If you are interested, please click the link below to download an order form.

Paul Oman Order Form

Tree House Update!

We’re very excited to share with you all the updates on our tree houses in Vagland! Makes you want to become a Vagabond again, huh? I know it makes us want to be one!

This past week we’ve been able to put up bases, walls, and roofs on our four tree houses thanks to Chris Nocerini and these hard working men. We were able to receive many deliveries and the weather held off, so they could continue to work on them.

Click here for more pictures and updates on our tree houses.

Thanks again to everyone who helped make the 85th Anniversary such a success and for making these tree houses become a reality!