Camp Wandawega Est. Prior to 1930

W5453 Lake View Drive, Elkhorn, WI, United States

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Camp Wandawega is recognized on The National Register of Historic Places. 
Camp Wandawega is a no-frills, back-to-bascis establishment, with no modern conveniences; that's part of our charm, but it's not for everyone.
The Lowdown
Type
Beach / Lake / Waterfront Location
Boutique Hotel
Camping / Glamping
Field / Forest / Orchard
Historic Building
Views
Forest
Lake
Landscaped Grounds
Rolling Hills
Style
Casual
Country
Eclectic
Retro
Vintage
BEST type of CELEBRATIONS
Corporate Event
Family Reunion
Wedding Ceremony
Wedding Reception
Workshops: Creative, Photo, Etc.

Venue Setting

Camp Wandawega is recognized on The National Register of Historic Places. We're not a "proper" resort by a long shot. We're just carrying on the timeless tradition of connecting people to the simple pleasures of simpler times, since 1925. Camp Wandawega is a no-frills, back-to-bascis establishment, with no modern conveniences; that's part of our charm, but it's not for everyone. Overnight accommodations include a combination of vintage cabins, cottages, a dorm-style hotel/bunkhouse and camping. 
Fees
(Prices listed here are estimates only & are subject to change)
Price Range

Does this include catering fees?

No

Insurance

Additional Insurance Is Required To Host An Event At This Venue

Capacity

Seated
150
Buffet
N/A
Standing
150
Celebrations Hosted Here Since
Prior to 1930
Curfew
No Curfew
Venue Spaces
Outdoor Venue Space Only
Catering
Client Can Select The Caterer Of Their Choice
Alcohol
BYO Permitted – You Can Bring Your Own Alcohol
Music
Outdoors Only
Smoking
Designated Smoking Areas Only
Accommodations
A combination of vintage cabins, cottages, a dorm-style hotel/bunkhouse and camping can account for up to 50 overnight guests.
Eco/Green Events
Yes
Inside Scoop

If the owner, David, is there when you are, ask him for a private tour. He's a local history buff, and he has some fascinating stories going back to Wandawega's Prohibition roots.

Amenities
  • Ample Parking Onsite
  • Onsite Restrooms
Venue Features
The Scene:
Our location on the edge of the woods, on the shores of a hidden lake, and at the end of a dead end road made Wandawega a hotbed of activity during Prohibition. The historic buildings and facilities in a pristine natural setting will make you feel like you've gone back in time.
Design:
While the overall architecture is simple cottage vernacular, the pristine natural setting and well-preserved and renovated structures contributed to Wandawega's recognition on The National Register of Historic Places and The Wisconsin Registry of Historic Places. As a place that evolved over the decades, the interior design and furnishings reflect the charm of the 1920s through the 1950s.  
Standout Venue Features:
Camp Wandawega has 25 private acres, a private beach, hiking trails, boating, fishing, swimming, archery, shuffleboard, horsehoes and a world-famous treehouse. 
Extra Perks:
Vintage boats, canoes, and sporting equipment are at your disposal. As are a half dozen or so picnic tables, outdoor grills, smokers, and campfire pits.
Awards & Notables We are honored that we have been featured in local, national and international press and media including The London Independent, The Wall Street Journal, Treehouse Masters, CBS Sunday Morning, The Huffingtom Post, Net-A-Porter, Conde Naste Traveler, MTV, Buzzfeed, Esquire, Details, Design Sponge, InStyle, NPR, Dwell, and may others. 
Celebration Locations
The Outdoor Chapel:
For over 50 years, this outdoor chapel overlooking the lake has been the location for Catholic "Mass In The Grass" on summer Sundays, weather permitting. Vintage handmade pews sit casually under a canopy of trees. It's also the perfect location for a wedding ceremony, an outdoor movie, a presentation, or group meetings.
- View: Quiet, peaceful Lake Wandawega is the backdrop for our outdoor chapel.
- Max Capacity: 150
- Price: Join the party and sign in to view pricing
The Old Tennis Court:
This old concrete tennis court doesn't see much tennis action anymore, but it's the perfect place to place an event tent for a reception/event/party of up to 150 people.
- View: Quiet, peaceful Lake Wandawega is the backdrop for our outdoor chapel, and it's located on the edge of the woods.
- Max Capacity: 150
- Price: Join the party and sign in to view pricing
Eats & Drinks
Food, Restaurants, Cafes, Bars & Lounges
Food, Restaurants, Cafes:
We do not provide any food or beverage services, so our renters are able to bring in the caterer and event services provider of their choice.
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Camp Wandawega

W5453 Lake View Drive, Elkhorn, WI, United States



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