Located 38 miles northeast of Minneapolis is Camp Ojiketa Regional Park. Camp Ojiketa was started in 1926 by Campfire Council of Minnesota. It was a girls, and eventually, boys and girls summer camp for many of the twin cities residents. The camp had not been in service for a number of years. A few years back, because of it's non-use, Campfire decided to put it up for sale .
At one point in time there was a bid for purchase on the table so that a real estate investor could put up a retreat and conference center. That came to a halt as past camp alumni and staff put together a group called the Camp Ojiketa Preservation Society.
The Camp Ojiketa Preservation Society and the Chisago City teamed together to preserve this historical camp, buildings, grounds and wild lands. They received help from Trust for Public Land, along with private donations and state aid to purchase the property for $3.6 million.The city and the Preservation Society is working on plans for the Regional Park.
"Generations of women learned a lot about nature and themselves at Camp Ojiketa. It would of broken our hearts to see this special place become commercially developed." said Judy Montgomery, Camp Ojiketa Preservation Society spokesperson.
It has 70 acres of oak forest and marshes on over 3,100 feet of shoreline on Green Lake, in Chisago city. The city's initial plan is for fishing, water sports, camping, family and educational events.
On January 12th, 2010, Chisago City council approved the fee schedule for public use of Ojiketa. There will be no charge to enter Camp Ojiketa. The property will have full access to the public even though private partys may be renting cabins or lodges.
If you would like a primitive camp site the fees run $15 (or $20 on the lake). You can rent one of their cabins for about $85 for the large ones, and smaller ones away from lake run about $35. For a bigger function you can even reserve several cabins, two lodges and the outdoor chapel. You can rent the entire camp for the weekend at the cost of $5,250.
Ojiketa has many of the original cabins from the 20's, A dining hall with kitchen, chapel, beach and playing field. That is just a few of the amenities this beautiful historic park has to offer.
When you are on the grounds of Ojiketa you feel like your back in time in a period of childhood long forgotten. Just driving down the wooded road in to the park winds the clock in your head back.
For more info you can either call Chisago City Hall at 651-257-4162 or at Chisago City's website.
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