Camp Decorah

Location

Camp Decorah is nestled in the heart of beautiful Western Wisconsin, and is roughly 15 miles north of La Crosse, WI, sitting on the Black River. 

The main office is on the south side of Council Bay Road, in the Dahl Family Scouting Center.  See map of Camp Decorah.

 

Natural Beauty

Western Wisconsin is an outdoor enthusiasts paradise.  This area of the country is known for its rocky bluff lands known as coulees.  Hiking and biking the bluffs, navigating the many local rivers and waterways including the mighty Mississippi River, a temperate climate, and unbelievable outdoor recreational opportunities are just a few of the reasons tourists come to visit the Coulee Region.

 

Facilities

The Gateway Area Council and other youth-serving organizations utilize the camp throughout the year for council and community events including the operation of a Nationally Accredited Scout Summer Camping experience.

Facilities include

  • a full service dining hall
  • shooting ranges
  • a swimming pool
  • large waterfront area including a stocked fishing pond
  • a four-sided climbing tower
  • COPE elements,
  • handicraft facilities
  • a nature center
  • trail network
  • and much more.

 

Camp Decorah Lodges

The Gateway Area Council and Camp Decorah take great pride in providing quality lodging to our guests. The council is committed to maintaining the infrastructure of our camp, including all buildings. Lodges are used throughout the year, especially during the the winter months. Please contact the Council Service Center to make a reservation. Please review and submit the Short Term Usage Application to request specific lodging.

The following lodges are available at Camp Decorah.

Executive Lodge

The Executive lodge contains bunk space for 16 people. Heating is managed by a forced air furnace as well as a fireplace (please plan on providing your own firewood). The cabin features a refrigerator, oven, and electricity. Water and latrine facilities are within 100 yards of the building. Parking is available outside the cabin.

Gebhardt Lodge

Gebhardt lodge contains bunk space for 24 people. Heating is managed by a forced air furnace as well as a fireplace (please plan on providing your own firewood). The cabin features a refrigerator, oven, and electricity. Water and latrine facilities are within 100 ft of the building. This cabin is sectioned off into 2 rooms. Parking is available outside the cabin.

OA Lodge

The OA lodge is a large open floorplan building containing bunk space for 40 people. Heating is managed by a forced air furnace as well as a fireplace (please plan on providing your own firewood). The cabin features a refrigerator, oven, and electricity. Water and latrine facilities are within 100 yards of the building. Parking is available outside the cabin.

Trading Post

The Trading Post lodge is a large open floorplan building containing bunk space for 40 people. Heating is managed by a forced air furnace as well as a fireplace (please plan on providing your own firewood). The cabin features a refrigerator, oven, and electricity. Water and latrine facilities are within 100 yards of the building. Parking is available outside the cabin.

Training Center

The Training Center contains some great features including a large conference room with tables and chairs available, indoor restroom and shower facilities, a large outdoor patio, and a full kitchen. The building is heated by a forced air furnace as well as a fireplace (please plan on providing your own firewood), as well as cooled using central air. Parking is available near the cabin.

Council Facility Reservations
Camp Decorah facilities are available for non-Summer use by Scouting and other groups:

 

Camp Decorah Campsites

Gateway Area Council and Camp Decorah take great pride in providing quality campsites to our guests. Each of our 13 campsites contain at least one 20×20 shelter, a clean well ventilated latrine, tool rack, and information kiosk. Running water is available seasonally at each latrine, or from distributed year-round hydrants.  All the campsites are arranged in patrol pods of 3-4 tent platforms each, with leaders tent platforms nearby.

During summer camp, Decorah utilizes canvas Wide-Walled tents from National Supply, which are kept in excellent shape. These tents rest on permanent platforms and frames ensuring the most space inside the tent. Tents all contain 2 cots with mattresses and 2 sets of bug-netting.

The following list lays out campsite information at Camp Decorah.

Name Capacity Comments
Arapaho 30 Tentless Campsite. Very Close to Dining Hall.
Apache (Upper) 12 On a ridge with a nice breeze. Connected with Lower Apache.
Apache (Lower) 12 Quiet site off the primary road. Connected with Upper Apache.
Blackfoot 24 Nice shaded campsite near dining hall and pool. No elevation.
Cherokee 20 In the red pines right off main camp road.
Chippewa 20 In the red pines right off main camp road.
Comanche (Upper) 12 High on the ridge with a nice breeze. Connected with Lower Comanche.
Comanche (Lower) 12 Most secluded campsite. Connected with Upper Comanche.
Iroquois 40 ADA campsite with concrete walkways and electricity.
Lenape 52 Large, shaded site in Red Pines. Can be subdivided.
Mohawk 40 Large open site in Red Pines. Can be subdivided.
Sioux 40 Large, shaded site in Red Pines. Can be subdivided. Very central.
Winnebago 20 Open campsite, fairly central. Very nice campsite.

 

Council Facility Reservations
Camp Decorah facilities are available for non-Summer use by Scouting and other groups (These forms are NOT to be used for Summer Camp)

 

Camp Decorah Staff

Camp Staff Opportunities and Internships

 

Use of Camp Decorah for Outside Groups

Scout Events at Camp Decorah

Unit Guide to Camp Decorah

Camp Decorah Reservations