Northwoods Adventure Trip to Camp Bluewater


Northwoods PhotosEmbark on the ultimate journey with our Northwoods Adventure Camp. A Northwoods Adventure to Tanadoona's sister camp, Camp Bluewater, is fun and challenging, but most of all it creates memories and new friendships that will last a lifetime. Up at Camp Bluewater the lake is a little bit clearer, the stars are a little bit brighter and the adventure is just right.

Start the week at your favorite home base, Tanadoona. Together we’ll prepare our meals, map out our journey and pack our bags! Next, we’ll road-trip just past Grand Rapids, Minnesota to the magical Camp Bluewater. We’ll spend the night in cabins, then set out in the morning on a 4-day canoe trip through a chain of lakes within the Chippewa National Forest camping out at established Forest Service camping sites.

Only the best of the best counselors lead our Northwoods Adventures. They each hold CPR, lifeguard
and wildernesscertifications. This trip is offered just twice, so don’t delay. Register for this unique campout early!


Photos from Northwoods Adventure Trips 2014









July 19-24

Northwoods Adventure




August 2-7

Northwoods Adventure



Campers should plan to arrive at Tanadoona on Sundays at 1pm. They will return to Tanadoona on Friday in time for the Closing Ceremony at 4pm and check out by 5pm.



Thanks to the Lorraine E. Anderson Scholarship and to a grant from the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation, we're able to offer full and partial scholarships for campers interested in our Northwoods Adventures to Camp Bluewater. Download the application packet here.


Transportation is provided for all Northwoods Adventure campers from three locations. All will meet on Sunday and return on Friday.

Twin Cities:


3300 Tanadoona Drive

Excelsior, MN 55331



Wal-Mart (south end of parking lot, off 2nd Street North)

300 21st Avenue

Princeton, MN 55371

Grand Rapids:

Wal-Mart Super Center
100 SE 29th Street, Grand Rapids, MN 55744



Packing for Northwoods Adventure

Please clearly label your camper's items.

Bring a duffel bag, backpack or other soft bag to put all items in. Please no hard roller suitcases.

Avoid cotton as much as possible. Cotton will not keep you warm if it gets wet!

[ ] Sleeping bag – avoid bulky sleeping bags if possible
[ ] Socks/Underwear – pair for each day
[ ] Females: Bras, sports bra recommended
[ ] Shorts – 2 pairs
[ ] Long Pants
[ ] Tank top/tee shirts – 3

[ ] Long sleeve shirt – 1

[ ] Sweatshirt/ heavy fleece – 1 (not cotton)
[ ] Rain jacket and pants – or heavy-duty ponchos*
[ ] Sleepwear
[ ] Swimsuit

[ ] Sturdy sandals or wet shoes
[ ] Sturdy hiking shoes/boots

[ ] Toothbrush, toothpaste, chap stick
[ ] Flashlight with extra batteries
[ ] Sunscreen and bug spray (please avoid aerosol)
[ ] Towel - not too big
[ ] Reusable water bottle
[ ] Filled water bottle



[ ] Camera

[ ] Pre-addressed and Stamped Postcards

[ ] Book

[ ] Hat/Sunglasses



Leave at Home

Ø Cash

Ø Valuables of any sort
Ø Personal Sports Equipment

Ø Vehicle
Ø Portable Music Devices

Ø Flip-flops

Ø Pocket knives
Ø Cell phones

Ø Handheld video games

Ø Electrical devices such as hair dryer or curling iron

Ø Animals

No alcohol, drugs, or weapons are allowed on camp property.


Photo: Lake Bluewater