Camp Wandawega

Dedicated to the simple pleasures of simpler times. Camp Wandawega is geared towards pre-planned creative retreats, art camps, group events and activities – we’re not set up to accommodate random walk-ins or “solo” stays.

W5453 Lake View Drive
Elkhorn, WI • 53121
[email protected]
Hours of Operation

By appointment

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The historic Camp Wandawega, since 1925, (a.k.a. Wandawega Lake Resort / Wandawega Inn / Hotel Wandawega) now recognized on the National Register of Historic Places - once known as “a disgrace to The Great State of Wisconsin.” A rich history including criminals on the run, contempt of court, illegal liquor, gambling, prostitution, kidnapping, murder/suicide. It was “a bawdy house of ill fame,” the subject of numerous federal raids and prohibition padlocks. Then - throughout the 1950s - a modest lake resort, and - from the ‘60s through the ‘90s - a Catholic Church Camp for Latvian refugees. Now, it’s an event venue and creative retreat space for companies, families, groups, and organizations looking to reconnect to the simple pleasures of simpler times. Rustic accommodations for up to 60 overnight guests, and events/seminars with up to 150 attendees. Because of the historic, rustic, no-frills accommodations, we insist that guests first read our “Manifesto of Low Expectations” to be sure they come prepared to “go back in time.” It’s a big part of the charm of the place, but it’s admittedly not for everyone.
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Things You'll Find:

  1. Recognized on the National Register of Historic Places and the Wisconsin Register of Historic Places for a unique history including stints as a prohibition-era saloon, brothel, modest lake resort, and church camp. Featured in national and international press including Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Travel & Leisure, and Fodor’s, where it was recently named among the 100 most incredible hotels in the world (in spite of the fact that we’re not incredible, and not really a hotel. Go figure.)

Onsite Amenities
& Features

  • Airport Transportation
  • Reservations Recommended
  • Outdoor Patio or Rooftop
  • WiFi Available
  • WiFi Available (Complimentary)
  • On-Site Parking
  • Free On-Site Parking
  • Family Friendly
  • Open For Business


  • Total Number of Sleeping Rooms: 25
  • Seating Capacity: 150
  • Miles to Airport: 42.90
  • Miles to the Convention Center: 46.30
  • Price Range: $$$
  • Total Sq. Ft. Meeting Space: 5000
  • Sq. Ft. of Largest Meeting Room: 4000
  • Capacity of Largest Outdoor Space-Banquet Style: 150
  • Capacity of Largest Outdoor Space-Reception Style: 150
  • Facility Classification: Unique Event Venue

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