FROM THE GROUND UP
Situated on 220 acres with the beautiful, spring-fed Love Lake as a focal point, Northwinds Adventures is truly a unique property. The old homestead, rock fence lines, and antique farm implements still hidden around the property tell a tale of farming and living off the land before mining arrived in the Keweenaw.
In the 1960s, a local businessman dug out a 10-acre portion of the land and let the natural springs fill up the area. Thus, our fertile, 25-foot deep Love Lake was born.
After that, the Northwinds property was operated as a commercial goose hunting camp. Located along a main migration route, our 8-acre Glacier Marsh and Love Lake are popular rest stops for waterfowl of all kinds. Based on the waterfowl population on the property today, we’re sure the hunters who came through camp enjoyed successful hunting trips in a beautiful setting.
During the summer of 2011, current Northwinds owner Carl Treankler toured the property because the previous owners were looking to retire. It was pretty close to love at first sight, so it wasn’t long before Carl was the proud owner. But he wasn’t quite sure what to do with it.
Enter Camp Luther, a Christian Bible Camp in Three Lakes, Wisconsin. Carl and his longtime business partners, Larry Treankler and Terry Hanstedt, have been generous in their support of Camp Luther over the last 30 years, and they decided to develop the land into an adventure base camp for teenage campers from Camp Luther. Unlike most summer camps, where the campers arrive and rarely leave the property for the duration of their stay, Keweenaw Base Camp functions as a base of operations while the campers venture out during the day on exciting kayak trips, mine tours, waterfalls hikes, and mountain bike excursions. So from mid-June to mid-August, Northwinds plays host to Camp Luther programs.
Each year, we try to add some sort of amenity to enhance the Northwinds Adventures experience for our Camp Luther guests and other visitors. Whether it’s a new cabin, added tent platforms, or electrical hookups for campers, we’re doing what we can to share our beautiful property with more people (and Carl just can’t sit still)!