yurt-2We are thrilled to announce the completion of our newest housing option, our yurt-inspired cabin! After a year of planning and many helping hands over the summer and fall, it is open for business!

The Need:

Wilderness is seeing an increased need not only for more housing in general, but a desire specifically for family-sized housing units thanks to our growing number of families who are visiting both in the summer and year-round. Furthermore, our growing retreat season numbers dictate a need for more winterized spaces. This new building addresses both of those needs while also providing a unique housing option for outdoor adventurers looking for a new way to get outside.



The Specs:img_4674

This 12-sided wooden cabin boasts all the charm of a traditional yurt while providing a permanent structure to serve our guests for years to come. It is a fully winterized building for up to 4 guests which utilizes a wood-burning stove for heat and solar power for lighting. It is located near the beginning of the Janzig trail behind Selah cabin.

Take a virtual walk through of the yurt!


The Helping Hands:

Hauling lumber to the yurt site

The volunteer participation in this project was enormous! We received significant design and construction help from general contractor Jack Harness who helped us transform our vision into a reality. Once the building process began, we had help from work-service summer groups, church work-groups during the retreat season, summer staff members, retreat staff members, and casual volunteers from May through October of 2016. We are so thankful for our volunteers!


We would like to specifically recognize:

  • Our Saviour’s, Minneapolis MNimg_4675
  • Christ Lutheran, Marine on St. Croix MN
  • Lord of Life, Baxter MN
  • First Lutheran, Amery WI
  • Como Park, St. Paul MN
  • Christus Victor, Apple Valley MN
  • Normandale, Edina MN
  • Mt. Olivet, Plymouth MN
  • Our Redeemer, St. Paul
  • Prince of Peace, Brooklyn Park MN
  • Shepherd of the Hills, Shoreview MN
  • Grace, Albert Lea MN
  • Hope Lutheran, Minneapolis MN
  • National Smokejumper Association


The Future:

imgp4128Plans are underway for a second yurt to be constructed nearby to the first one in 2017. This would allow an entire canoe group to be housed between the two yurts, or two families or smaller groups to have more private housing. We are looking for members of the Wilderness community to contribute to this project with the knowledge that we cannot do it without you! Donations can be made online or in the mail (for more info please click here) and be sure to designate your funds to the project. If you would like to volunteer your time and talents, please send us an inquiry at wcboffice@campwapo.org so we can get connected with you!

Come Visit!

Email wcboffice@campwapo.org if you want to come stay in our yurt (or any other cabins, for that matter!) We would love to host you.