Gitche Gumee Bible Camp began because of a burden God put on the heart of John J. Rader who originally founded the camp to minister to the youth of Upper Michigan's "Copper Country."  In the chilling winter of 1930, with only five dollars in his pocket, John Rader began to construct some of the very buildings that still stand today as a testimony to his faith and calling and to the exceeding and abundant blessings of God.  The ministry of Gitche Gumee Bible Camp has expanded even beyond John Rader's dreams to reach generations of young people, adults, and families from all over the world for Christ and to teach an ever-changing world the never-changing truths of the Word of God. 

Today, the dreams of John Rader continue on in a contemporary setting.  Campers enjoy a variety of fun activities, a joyous time of praise and worship, spiritual refreshment from the Word of God, and physical nourishment from our "world famous" dining room!  Add to that the encouragement of fellowship with other believers enjoyed in our beautiful facilities and set in the scenic, rustic beauty of the Keweenaw Peninsula, and you have a vacation that is unsurpassed.  We invite you to join us and enjoy what others have experienced for 84 years and counting at Gitche Gumee Bible Camp!

Types of Retreats/Camps Offered


  • Bunk Beds
  • Cabins
  • Cafeteria/Dining Room
  • Campfires
  • Canoes
  • Chapel
  • Dormitory-Style Accommodations
  • Fireplace
  • Full Kitchen
  • Indoor Meeting Facilities
  • Kitchenette
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Outdoor Meeting Facilities
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Playground
  • RV Sites
  • Tent Sites
  • Toiletries
  • Volleyball
  • Waterfront


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