When you see Waldsee for the first time, you might be surprised to find yourself transported to a small German village. Every detail from the Bahnhof (train station) to the Gasthof (dining hall) immerses you in German life and culture. Even the modern-day Passivhaus standard of “green” building is reflected in our Waldsee BioHaus, the first building of its kind in North America.
Cabins at Waldsee are comfortable, safe, beautiful reflections of German architecture. The majority of program participants are housed in five winterized buildings (restroom and shower facilities are located within the buildings) with sleeping rooms housing 12-16 each on bunk beds.
Villagers have bunks for their sleeping bags and pillows and cubbies to store their clothes and other belongings. Birch, oak and pine forests offer shade on hot summer days. This site is known for spectacular sunsets, a cozy feel and the sound of loons.
• Traditional lakeside camp setting
• Comfortable, safe cabins
• Activity building
• Outdoor amphitheater-style campfire area
• Soccer field and volleyball court
• Swimming and canoeing beach
• Arts and crafts area
• the Waldsee BioHaus, North America’s only certified Passivhaus and winner of the Minnesota Environmental Initiative Award for 2007
Minnesota is typical of a continental climate. The North Woods of Minnesota experiences the widest variety of weather in the United States. Each of the four seasons has its own distinct characteristics. Although summers are generally hot and humid, it is normal to experience rain showers, thunderstorms and cool nights. Summer temperatures average 85 F but can get down to 55 F, so keep that in mind while packing!
9550 Ruppstrasse NE
Bemidji MN 56601
Phone: (218) 586-8630
Fax: (218) 586-8788
You can take a "virtual tour" of Waldsee by clicking on the various locales on our interactive map!