Onomia Surroundings

We are conveniently located  85 miles north of the Twin Cities, 55 miles northeast of Saint Cloud, and 35 miles southeast of Brainerd.  Towering varieties of pines and plenty of wildlife make up the grounds at Camp Onomia.  The property is peaceful and provides a rare natural beauty.  To add to the serenity of the area we are also surrounded by the Rum River State Forest and Mille Lacs - Kathio State Park adding multiple layers of God's creation to block out the  stresses of every day life.  Here you are able to escape and enjoy the beauty in the simple things.  Other area attractions within a few miles of Onomia include a Native American museum and trading post, the Mille Lacs Casino, several golf courses, and the ever popular Milaca Unclaimed Freight.


If you are looking for solitude, natural beauty, and the gift of God's wonderful creation you will be sure to find it here. 


If you are seeking a caring place where friendly faces great you as soon as you arrive you will receive that kind of welcome here.


If you are looking for a comfortable retreat facility for your event or conference we are the place you've been looking for.



Onomia Lodging and Services

Camp Onomia has accommodations to serve groups of 6-200 depending upon the season.  No matter what your need we will find a way to meet your expectations.  Here you will find seasonal facilities for youth and families, year round accommodations for conferences, events and everything in between.  For youth events, we expect a student to adult supervisor ratio of 7 to 1.


Our Retreat Center can accomodate up to 140 people, depending upon lodging needs in hotel style rooms with private bathrooms.  This building is open  for retreat abd conference use year round.  Seasonal buildings can host an additional 80 people in newly remodeled lodges which contain 3-5 individual cabin units with common bathrooms and centralized showering areas.  Linen service is not provided but is available for an additional fee. We are happy to work with you on room assignments as we get closer to your booking date, but you will have the final say in who stays in which room you are assigned. Please use the room lists located on the facilities page to assign housing. Minimum double occupance is expected.  Extra fees are incurred for single occupancy.



We make sure to provide delicious meals to all groups that come to visit.  We will do our best to  make all meal times flexible to match with your event schedule while  keeping dietary restrictions and allergies in mind.  At this time we do not allow groups to prepare their own meals in our commercial kitchen, however we do allow for groups to bring snacks if they would like.  Some exceptions may apply with consideration to the kitchen use.

Typical  weekend meal packages often include:
BREAKFAST- Pancakes and sausage, scrambled egg and bacon, baked egg dish, or oatmeal and toppings bar
LUNCH- Soup and sandwich or soup and salad, Tacos and spanish rice, hamburgers or pulled pork sandwiches and beans
SUPPERS- Spagetti or Pasta bar,  baked chicken  or french onion chcken and potato, pizza, chicken fingers and fries

Of course this list is only the beginning. For larger groups we are able to work with you on special requests, some of which may require an additional fee. We taylor  meals differently for kids  groups and adult groups. Many lunches and suppers will also include a salad bar with options.

All meals include beverage. The coffee is always on as well!



At our facility we have a small group of year round staff that are ready to help assist you in hosting your event.  We can help by leading worship, campfire worships, Bible studies, team building, and group games. With some advance planning, we can add some spice to your youth or adult retreat!


Recreational Amenities

Our main site includes approximately 1500 feet of lakeshore on the southwest portion of Lake Shakopee.  We are blessed with absolutely fantastic sunsets which have become a trademark of peaceful evenings here at camp.  We also have a rustic  semi-wilderness camp site located on the shores of Warren Lake.  In it's entirety the main site is a total of approximately 100 acres of beautiful settings for guests to enjoy.  As a convenience to our guests most buildings have paved surfaces connecting to each other to ensure safe walking for guests of all ages. 


Our sports and activity areas include a large playing field, two volleyball courts, full basketball court, shuffleboard, kids playground, nine hole frisbee golf course, low ropes challenge course and waterfront providing complementary watercraft such as canoes and row boats.  In the winter kickball and broomball on the frozen lake are good energy expenders and there is great sliding, cross country skiing, and showshoeing at Kathio State Park just a few miles down the road from us.


In addition to our Retreat Center and Dormitories we also provide a unique opportunity for our guests to stay in our private camp sites which can accomodate tents as well as smaller RV's.  Four campsites are available most weekends and during some weeks of the summer months.  Each site includes a firepit, picnic table  with common bathroom facilities available There are limited electrical and water hookups for RV guests.  We permit only 1 vehicle parked at each site and additional vehicles to be parked in the main parking lot.


With some of the best fishing in the state in surrounding lakes and some of the best hiking trails within Kathio State Park our guests find lots of things to keep them entertained.  All row boats and canoes are free to use and life jackets are required.  If you are unable to operate a row boat or canoe but still wish to get out on the water, for an additional fee we can provide you with a staff member and our very own 20ft pontoon boat for an evening cruise around the lake.  Please contact the office for more details.



Fee Structure

A typical weekend is quite affordable at Onomia! Contact us for current pricing.

Significant cost savings apply for lodging in our seasonal facilities.

We also offer discounts for groups from our member congregations as thanks for their yearly support of Onomia. Let us work up a special package just for you for weddings and events that are longer than two days. Call us! 320-532-3767.