Mission Statement

"Lakeshore Center at Okoboji provides a sacred place and invites all to experience the life-changing love of Christ in the beauty of God's creation."

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Welcome Friends of Lakeshore Center at Okoboji!


Welcome to Lakeshore Center at Okoboji.  It is our genuine belief that all children of God, both young and old and everyone in between, are called to retreat to a quiet place and be ministered to by God's Holy Spirit.  Our mission is to seek to be a sacred space where all may come and experience God.  You do not need to be Presbyterian to enjoy our Camp.  ALL are welcome here.

Within this website, you will see that we have a lot to offer.  From summer camp opportunities to retreats for young and old, we hope that you will come to Lakeshore and get away from the busyness of life.  Come and reconnect or rediscover God in the rustling of the leaves on the trees, walk with God in conversation by the beach, or experience God in the laughter and joy that one may find at Camp!


New Name, Same Faithful Ministry

Beginning January 1, 2014, The Presbyterian Camp on Okoboji  became Lakeshore Center at Okoboji.

The need for this change is twofold:

1)  When you hear the word "camp" you quite often think about kids, bunk beds, and summer. While we still have a summer camp program and we still have bunk beds and kids, we are more than that.  We now have our Lodge which is open year-round and has adult-friendly accommodations which include queen-size beds and private baths.

2)  All are welcome here.  Although we are owned by two Presbyterian entities, we are open to all people who wish to have retreats, reunions, or meetings in a beautiful setting in God's creation.  We want to be more inclusive. 

For more information about our name change, contact our Executive Director, Beth Ehlers, 712-337-3313.

We hope to see you soon at Lakeshore Center at Okoboji!

Every Donation Counts

Lakeshore Center at Okoboji hosts many church groups, serves hundreds of summer campers, and provides facilities for family reunions, weddings, and retreats every year. In order to serve so many, to maintain and improve our facilities, and to be good stewards of this beautiful, natural setting, we depend on contributions from individuals, churches and organizations.
Every gift can help send a child to camp or to help support our year round programs. To donate online, click here.

Lakeshore Center serves all who choose to attend and is a ministry of North Central Iowa, Prospect Hill, Minnesota Valley Presbyteries and is associated with the Presbyterian Church (USA).

We are located on Miller's Bay of gorgeous West Lake Okoboji by water and Highway 86 by land. Click here for detailed directions.

Lakeshore Center at Okoboji, 1864 Hwy. 86, Milford, IA 51351, 712-337-3313

Wish List

Want to help Lakeshore Center with a specific gift?  Here is the list of items that we need.

Portable AED (we have a price through a grant of $1300)

Staff – housekeeping, fund development, program

Deck for Lakeview Lodge  ($100,000)

Gently used 12 passenger van

Field Game Shed

Playground equipment

Patio covering/additional dining space

New Bunk Beds for cabins (cost of approx. $750 per cabin)

Carpet for cabins or new flooring

4 passenger mule/golf cart

Sing the Faith Hymnals with Accompaniment book

New siding on Pine, Maple, and Linden

New Siding on the chapel/rec hall

Gazebos near the cross and near high challenge course

Picnic tables/benches for high challenge course and archery field

Insulate and make the chapel more energy efficient

Sets of pool balls (not for pool table but other games)

Fun noodles

More summer campers!

More retreat participants!

Because Of Camp

Camp has touched many lives, introduced people to new passions, and broadened horizons. We went to camp, shouldnt you?


1864 Highway 86  ~  Milford, IA  51351  ~  712.337.3313            
Business Office Hours:  Monday - Friday 9 a.m. -5 p.m. Central Time
Office is closed on Holidays
Office email: office@lakeshorecenteratokoboji.org
For bookings & reservations: info@lakeshorecenteratokoboji.org
FAX:  712-337-0104
Worship With Us on Sundays!  Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend
Pastor Beth Ehlers, CRE
10 a.m. in our Chapel
For our latest Cross Talk newsletter, quarterly edition  click here!
To check out our E-Newsletter! click here!

Upcoming Events

Palm Sunday Movie Night

March 29th, 2015 at 6:30 p.m.

Join us on Palm Sunday for a free showing of the Tim Rice & Andrew Lloyd Webber's Jesus Christ Superstar! Door open at 6 p.m. with movie beginning at 6:30 p.m. Concessions will be available for purchase (hot dogs, popcorn, candy, and beverages.) This event is a family-friendly and all are welcome! Click here for more details.


Spring Work Day

April 25th, 2015 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Join us for this day of service and volunteering! Our annual Spring Work Day helps us prepare our entire facility for the approaching summer camp and tourism season. With your help, we are able to clean and stock cabins, tend to the lawn and landscape, chop wood, paint if needed, clean up the beach area, and much more. Bring your church, your family, your friends. All are welcome! Click here for more event details.



Women Clergy Retreat

March 1-2, 2015 from noon to noon

Spend 24 hours will fellow clergy women as you share you experiences, laughs, and get creative! The group will visit Creative Spirits in Spirit Lake, IA and learn how to paint a picture. The artists are Creative Spirits will give step by step instructions, so it's okay if it would be your first time painting, amateurs are encouraged! Lodging and meals are included in the cost of registration. Click here for pricing.