Frequently Asked Questions
Pack like you are going camping for the weekend.
There will be access to potable water onsite, but it may not be convenient for filling up your water tanks. It's a good idea to fill up prior to arriving.
The venue has a cafe that will be selling (delicious and affordable) food if you don't feel like cooking all of your meals.
We ask that you bring your own plates, bowls, and/or cutlery to help us reduce our single-use waste.
There will be a community potluck on Saturday night, so please bring something edible to contribute.
Bring ample sunscreen, bug spray, and a tick key or tweezers (we will try to supply some for those who may need them). The property is treated for ticks, but still come prepared. If you stay on trails and designated areas, you will be less likely to get ticks on you -- but they will still be around!
There will be events like yoga, stand up paddleboarding, frisbee golf and more, so be sure to pack clothes you can move around in, and don't forget to bring your swimsuit!
There are bathrooms/outhouses on site. There are a few outhouses on the property, as well as a central building with a few toilets and shower heads.
The dining hall also has bathrooms. We will also be renting a few porta-potties to place in the more far-flung areas of the property.
Please keep in mind that these are rustic campground bathrooms. You are not staying at the Wynn. For the best experience, we recommend lowering your expectations ;-).
There is spotty cell service on and near the property, but we cannot guarantee that all networks will have service. Plan like you are going off grid for the weekend.
Anyone of all backgrounds and all ages are welcome to attend, as well as your furry family members! Bring your kids, bring your babies, bring your dogs and lizards and cats and more!
Totally! All pets are welcome as long as they are well behaved! The lake is a great place to let your pup run around off leash and splash around in the water, or dive off the dock! We ask that all off-leash pets be monitored closely at all times.
PLEASE CLEAN UP AFTER YOUR PETS AT ALL TIMES. THIS IS NON-NEGOTIABLE.
We should be able to accept cards for most things on site, though we highly recommend you bring enough cash just in case. You can’t always rely on technology -- plus we’re going to have some cash-only fundraising opportunities you won’t want to miss out on!
Yes! The Camp Manitowa Cafe will be open all weekend long for breakfast and lunch and some dinner options. They will be able to accommodate vegetarian (some vegan), dairy free and gluten free diets. We can totally vouch that their food is phenomenal!
The cafe DOES take cards, but we highly recommend you bring some cash just in case! Can’t always trust the ol’ electricity!
We recommend anything that falls under the category of appetizer or main dish. There will be plenty of food to go around, but last year we had a surplus of desserts and not nearly enough “regular” food. So if possible try to avoid the sweets and opt for the healthy and filling main treats!
Most people make their own dishes (quinoa salads, pasta dishes, dips...one dude brought a couple strombolis he made in his van oven) but if you don’t have a way to make a dish on site, feel free to swing by a grocery store on your way in to grab something shareable!
Most definitely! Tent camping, car camping, hammock camping - come out with whatever you got!
Sadly, not this year :(. However, all are welcome with a vehicle or tent.
No. The 2022 Midwest Vanlife Gathering is September 23-26 and these are the only dates that we are allowed on the property.
You may arrive as early as 1pm on Friday 9/23, and we ask you to be off of the property by 1pm on Monday 9/26.
If you get to the area earlier or want to hang around later, the Shawnee National Forest is nearby.
You sure can! We need tons of help with setup, check in, and clean up. Volunteers are also able to arrive on Thursday 9/22. Come hang out, pitch in, and have fun!
Event tickets are non-refundable. Please see our Terms & Conditions for more details on our refund policy.