There are numerous recreational and team-building opportunities available at Portage Lake, both here at camp as well as within a short distance off-site.
Many of our activities can be modified to meet the needs of your specific group. We invite you to unwind and enjoy the refreshing atmosphere of pure, northwestern Michigan.
Click below to see many of the activities offered at PLCBC:
- Paddle Boats
- Paddle Boards
- Water Trampoline
- Raft with diving board
- Dock for fishing and jumping
To see the beach/waterfront check out our virtual tour!
- Ball/soccer fields
- Sand and Indoor Volleyball
- Walking/hiking Trails
- Roller Hockey
- Archery Tag
- Ping Pong
- Frisbee golf
To see the outside and inside of the chapel check out our virtual tour!
- Low Ropes Course (see next tab for more information)
- Leap of Faith
- Climbing Wall
- High Ropes Course (see next tab for more information )
- Bouldering Wall
- Flying Squirrel
- Jacob’s Ladder
- Crate Stacking
- Canoe and Kayak Trips
To see some of our adventure elements check out our virtual tour!
Effective Team Building Event … for your youth group, business, sports team, church group or other organization.
The High Ropes Course is located 30 feet above the ground. Each of the eight elements is constructed of cables, logs, and ropes and are designed to present a physical and emotional challenge to the participants. After the participant finishes all the elements, they are zipped away on our zip line.
High Ropes Course Elements:
- Postman’s Walk
- Vine Walk
- Hour Glass Crossing
- Bows and Chairs
- The Beam
- The Trestle Walk
- Wild Woosey
- Zip Line
High Elements Benefits
- The high ropes course is fun.
- Participants are moved to greater self-confidence, physically and emotionally.
- Learn to take calculated risks.
A low ropes course is a series of separate elements. Each element presents the group with a specific challenge. Each obstacle is unique, but all require the group to plan and execute as a team in order to reach their goals. Portage Lake’s low ropes course consists of 10 elements.
Low Elements Benefits
- Encourages and facilitates group development.
- Uses the group’s creativity, leadership, trust and encouragement.
- Improves group communication.
- A debriefing discussion following the experience will help groups identify strengths and weaknesses.
Is it safe?
The safety of group members is our main concern. All participants are trained by experienced instructors. All Portage Lake equipment is state-of-the-art and is checked thoroughly by the Portage Lake staff before each use. Each person is challenged to complete the course, but all that is required is a desire to try.
A minimum of eight people are required to go through the course. If your group is larger, then the Portage Lake staff will separate you into groups of 8 to 12 people. We can adapt our low course curriculum to meet the individual needs of your group.
How Much Time?
The ropes course can easily be a day-long activity if you want it to be. The morning session would cover the low course initiatives and the afternoon would be spent on the high ropes course. It takes about 5 hours to move a group of thirty completely through the course.
You and your group can make arrangements to use the Ropes Course at Portage Lake simply by contacting us. We would love to create a ropes course experience to help your group improve community and relationships.
Cost and Additional Services
Ropes Course Fees for Day Guests are $25.00 per person. Lunch Catering arrangements can be made for an additional $5.00 per person.
A minimum of $250.00 is required from all groups (approximate minimum of 10 participants).
To see the high ropes course check out our virtual tour!