YMCA Family Camp du Nord
In the hustle and bustle of busy lives, it can be a challenge to find quality time to spend as a family. Whether by schedules or screens, we are often distracted from the people we love the most.
Camp du Nord’s Family Camps take you away from your normal routine. We offer a north woods escape, where you can surround yourselves in serene wilderness, take a break from life’s many interruptions and relax together as a family.
Families come in all shapes and sizes. The definition of family can be different for many people. At du Nord, we appreciate the value of diverse populations and welcome all. Our camps bring together families of any shape and size, strengthening relationships and creating unforgettable memories that you’ll share for a lifetime.
Camp du Nord offers a variety of program centers for your family to explore throughout your week at camp. All activities are optional, and we invite you to participate as much or as little as you'd like.
Scheduled programs begin with the du Nord Rendezvous on Sunday at 3:30 p.m. in Thor's Lodge Field at du Nord Village.
There are three saunas at Camp du Nord, one located in each village. Sign up for an adult mixed gender or single gender wood-fired sauna at the du Nord Rendezvous on Sunday afternoon. Kid and teen saunas will also be scheduled throughout the week.
The Outdoor Activity Center offers a variety of activities and classes to draw attention to the natural beauty around Camp du Nord. Set out on adventurous hikes and paddles, brush up on your wilderness survival skills, try some delicious trail food, take our Eco Challenge and more.
The Outdoor Activity Center can also help you arrange a cookout or overnight with your family. Overnight trips must be scheduled in advance, and a camp staff member can accompany your adventure.
The Eco Challenge is a series of goals focused on promoting environmental awareness. The goals are attainable, simple ways you can live a little 'greener' while at camp and incorporate more environmentally friendly habits into your lives at home.
The Pavilion at Pine Pointe is a splendid gathering space for campers. The Pavilion offers foosball, picnic tables, and rooftop deck with protection from the elements. Plan to stop by this great family gathering space—rain or shine.
The Family Art Center offers a great room with a large stone fireplace, as well as a smaller sunroom with windows overlooking Burntside Lake. A variety of craft classes and activities for all ages are held here throughout the week. Some classes charge a small additional fee for materials. Try your hand at painting, inkle weaving, making friendship bracelets, fairy houses and more.
Morning Glory is an indoor program space that has a craft area and a kitchenette. It's a great place for yoga.
To Ely from the Twin Cities
Take I-35 north to the Cloquet exit. Take Highway 33 north through Cloquet to Highway 53.Take Highway 53 north past Virginia to Highway 169. Go east on Highway 169 to Ely.
To Camp du Nord from Ely
Go east out of Ely 1 mile. Just east of the entrance to the International Wolf Center, turn left onto 88. Go 2.3 miles to #116, which is the Echo Trail. Turn right onto the Echo Trail and go 8.8 miles to the North Arm Road (#UT 8211) (less than 1 mile past Fenske Lake Campground). Turn left onto the North Arm Road. Go 3 miles to YMCA Camp du Nord and turn left. Please check in at the Gateway House at the entrance to Pine Pointe Village.
Camp du Nord GPS Coordinates
N47 degrees 58.868 minutes
W91 degrees 58.558 minutes
Recycling and other eco friendly ethics including leave no trace camping are practiced and encouraged.
$400 - $2,100/wk during summer
Each cabin at du Nord has a unique character. From modern conveniences to rustic atmospheres, we have something for everyone. Many families love to try something new each year, and some love the comfort of a favorite place.
The best way to get your favorite cabin is to sign up for the summer lottery, or reserve it for a special vacation getaway in the fall, winter or spring.
- All cabins have kitchens and a water supply.
- All have electricity, with the exception of the platform cabin.
- Cabins provide a variety of queen beds, double beds, bunk beds and single beds.
- Some of the cabins have bathrooms, while others use biffies and the central shower house.
- Platform Tents, Platform Cabin, Auto Tent and Rustic Tent sites have nearby storage for food, refrigeration and running water.