Our Site: Mori no Ike

​Village Life and Location

Mori no Ike is located near Dent, Minn., approximately 3-1/2 hours from Minneapolis-St. Paul and 2 hours from Bemidji, Minn.  We are in the early stages of fundraising to build a permanent facility in Bemidji, on the shores of Turtle River Lake.

The current Mori no Ike, however, still recreates a bit of Japan. The landscaping reflects traditional Japanese design, and the dining hall was recently rebuilt with an eye to Japanese architecture. Other Japanese-influenced Mori no Ike facilities include an arts space with pottery wheels, a large indoor space used for a dojo (training hall), and tatami spaces for reading and tea ceremonies. In keeping with the fact that Mori no Ike is also a summer camp, we also have a soccer field, basketball court, waterfront for swimming and canoeing, and a campfire pit.

Lodging and Accommodations

The small rural village of Dent is located in north central Minnesota, in the middle of a lake region and the nearby the towns of Detroit Lakes and Perham.

About Lakeside Camp
Lakeside Camp is a traditional summer camp built along the shores of Pine Lake.

Amenities
• Traditional lakeside camp setting
• Separate boys and girls dormitory-style housing with bunk beds (minimal storage space)
• Large bathrooms in each dormitory building.
• Large activity building and dining hall
• Soccer field
• Volleyball court
• Japanese garden
• Swimming and canoeing beach
• Arts and crafts area

At Mori no Ike Dent, villagers will share large dormitory spaces with between nine and 17 other kids who are about their same age and are their same gender. Bathroom and shower facilities are located right outside the sleeping room doors. The dormitories are in traditional camp-style buildings with comfortable bunks and completely up-to-date safety features.

Mori no Ike is a relaxed place. All you’ll need are shorts, t-shirts, sneakers, a swimsuit, and a sweatshirt and jeans in case of a cool evening. There isn’t much need for “dress up” clothing, but if you would like to bring some, there will be a banquet or dance night where you can show off your fancy duds. We’ll send a packing list after you have registered. Please pack wisely as there is limited storage space.

Climate
Minnesota is typical of a continental climate. The North Woods of Minnesota experience 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!

Location

Mori no Ike

Directions to Mori no Ike

From Perham

  • Go south on Highway 78
  • Turn right on County Road 108
  • Go 9.5 miles (you will pass through Dent)
  • Turn left at Beaver Dam Road
  • Go .6 mile
  • Turn left at wooden sign for Lakeside Camp  onto Purlieu Road
  • Stay right as you approach Mori no Ike

From Pelican Rapids

  • Take County Road 108 east
  • Turn right at Beaver Dam Road
  • Go .6 mile
  • Turn left at wooden sign for Lakeside Camp onto Purlieu Road
  • Turn left and stay to the right as you approach Mori no Ike

Contact Info While in Session
Lakeside Camp
40225 Purlieu Rd
Dent, MN 56528
Phone: 218-758-2112
Fax: 218-758-3068