There’s TONS to do at PLCBC!

Many of our activities can be modified to meet the needs of your specific group. There is so much to do on site, but there are also some incredible trip options just a few minutes away! 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:

  • WaterfrontKayaking
  • Paddle Boats
  • Paddle Boards
  • Sailing
  • Canoeing
  • Swimming
  • Water Trampoline
  • Raft with diving board
  • Dock for fishing and jumping

To see the beach/waterfront check out our virtual tour!

  • VolleyballBall/soccer fields
  • Fishing
  • Sand and Indoor Volleyball
  • Walking/Hiking Trails
  • Basketball
  • Pickleball
  • Softball
  • Roller Hockey
  • Soccer
  • Archery Tag
  • Carpetball
  • Ping Pong
  • Frisbee golf

To see the outside and inside of the chapel check out our virtual tour!

  • Jacob's LadderLow 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
  • Firecracker
  • Crate Stacking
  • Giant Swing
  • 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.

High Ropes

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:

  • High RopesPostman’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.

Low Ropes

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

  • Low RopesWhale Watch
  • The Wall
  • Nitro Crossing
  • Missing Bridge
  • Spider Web
  • All Aboard
  • The Trolley
  • Squeeze Box
  • and more

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.

Group Size

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.

Making Arrangements

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 – please call the office for more information.

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!


  • X-Country Ski Trails
  • Ice Skating (weather dependent)
  • Broomball
  • Ice Hockey (weather dependent)
  • Downhill Skiing / Snowboarding (available at Crystal Mountain or Caberfae Peaks)