Bay Lake Retreat Center:
A haven of history, nature, and community

Bay Lake Retreat Center, formerly known as Bay Lake Camp and affectionately referred to as “Church Island” by Bay Lakers.

Owned and operated by Northern Pines Mental Health Center, a non-profit community mental health organization serving six counties in central Minnesota, Bay Lake Retreat Center boasts a rich history. Previously under the care of First Lutheran in St. Paul for 96 years, the island transitioned to Northern Pines in October 2021.

Northern Pines remains dedicated to preserving the island’s history and providing a space that welcomes both longtime groups and newcomers. Its diverse programming, from long standing groups to new initiatives, shares the island’s natural beauty with a broad range of individuals, including those who may not have the resources or means to independently experience it.

The mission of Northern Pines is to embrace lives and restore hope and Bay Lake Retreat Center plays a pivotal role in achieving this goal. The island offers a unique blend of custom meal options, ranging from home-cooked classics to gourmet dishes and wood-fired pizzas. Accommodations vary from cozy overnight stays with modern amenities to rustic cabin and tent sites, ensuring a personalized experience for every visitor.

Bay Lake Fellowship

Church service on Church Island

Have you ever boated to church? Bay Lakers have been going to worship services on the lake for over 40 years. When Northern Pines Mental Health purchased Church Island in 2022 to operate as the Bay Lake Retreat Center, Bay Lake Fellowship formed to continue the tradition of worship services on the island. We thank Northern Pines for supporting the tradition!

A note from Northern Pines

We deeply appreciate the Bay Lake community’s ongoing support and collaboration in allowing us to create a safe, amazing, and beautiful space for all. We look forward to welcoming you to Bay Lake Retreat Center soon – watch for upcoming community events on Facebook and the “Bay Lake Blast”.

Online Booking

For convenience, an online booking calendar is available. Feel free to reach out with any questions or inquiries.