Circle Pines Center shares 294 acres of rolling hills with beautiful meadows, pine and hardwood forests, and lakefront with a variety of wildlife. The Center also adjoins 14,000 acres of state recreation lands. A sandy beach on spring-fed Stewart Lake, part of the 1/3 mile of shoreline owned by Circle Pines, offers great swimming and canoeing. A wood fired sauna is located near the lake. Our organic orchard and garden supply fresh produce and miles of trails are kept groomed for walking and cross-country skiing.
The facility consists of over 30 buildings. The center of activity is the Farmhouse, built in 1868, renovated and expanded over time by Circle Pines’ members. It includes a dining hall, kitchen, offices, library, and meeting rooms. Close to the Farmhouse is Swallows Lodge, which provides heated accommodations for up to 31 people. Just east of the farmhouse an outdoor wood-fired pizza oven and firepit. Nearby is the main bathhouse, usually referred to as Kings & Queens, which also houses a laundry room.
The Orchard cabin area, west of the Farmhouse, consists of a few small heated guest cabins and a bathhouse.
Just north of the Orchard Bathhouse is the Acorn Unit, with 2 dorm-style heated cabins that sleep up to 12 people each. A large meadow around the Acorn cabins offers camping space close to the farmhouse area. Picnic tables and a fire pit are available for use in this area.
On the opposite side of Mullen Road, south of the Farmhouse, are the barns. The large one is currently being used for storage and the smaller one is a break area for summer camp staff. A short walk past the large barn, you’ll find our stone labyrinth. The labyrinth is offered as a place for quiet meditation and is frequently used for wedding ceremonies.
The Rec Hall, an open-air pavilion, hand-built by members of Circle Pines, is just east of the goat barn, and offers a large space for folk dancing, music, and other various programs and activities. The Rec Hall has a large stone fireplace and a stage for theater and other performances.
Just east of the Rec Hall is the Junior Unit, consisting of 9 seasonal cabins, each with 4 bunks. A large fire ring with benches to seat 100 is located here. Outdoor toilets, running water, and electricity are also part of this unit.
A bit south of the Rec Hall is the Youth unit, where there are 3 sleeping cabins (One is heated and sleeps 12 people, the 2 others sleep 8) and a screened-in “lodge” that provides a gathering space. Outdoor toilets, running water, electricity, picnic tables, and a fire ring are all part of this unit.
Farther south, down the hill, near Stewart Lake, is the YAL (Young Adult Leaders) unit, where there are two sleeping cabins (each sleep up to twelve people).
West of the Youth unit is a rustic log cabin. It has a wood stove for heat and no electricity or running water. It has its own fire ring, picnic table and outdoor toilet.
Near the beach is a quiet rustic tenting area. We currently have about 10 usable sites, each with a fire ring and picnic table. Outdoor toilets are available, but since there is no running water there you must bring a water container to haul water from the other areas of camp. Those using the tenting area or staying in the units are welcome to use the bathhouses in the central area.
Two other co-ops have cabins on Stewart Lake, surrounded by Circle Pines’ property: Knollwood has one cabin and the Detroit Area Cooperative Camping Association (DACCA) has two.