Lake Ozawindib Group Center

Exterior of the group center dining hall



The group center is open seasonally, from the middle of May through the first Sunday in October. Call the park directly to make a reservation.

May - October: 218-699-7214
November - April: 218-699-7256


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Lake Ozawindib Group Center is tucked into the woods off Wilderness Drive and features private carry-in access to Lake Ozawindib. It is the ideal setting for a large group of up to 75 campers looking for peace, quiet and convenient amenities. The group center is one of many historic locations developed by the Veterans Conservation Corps (VCC) in the late 1930s and 40s that still serve Itasca State Park visitors today. The group center includes a dining hall with a full kitchen, a bathroom and shower building, a counselor's cabin that sleeps five, and mowed lawn tenting areas.


A deposit equal to one nightly fee for overnight reservations or one daily fee for day use reservations is required at time of booking. Balance is due at check-in.

  • Overnight use
    • $385 per night. Utility fees included. Tax additional.
  • Day use
    • $235 per day. Utility fees included. Tax additional. Day use hours are 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Pre-camp / Post-camp
    • $100 per night. An additional night offered at a discounted rate for program leaders to set-up or wrap-up their event. Available to qualifying groups at the discretion of the park manager.
  • Cleaning
    • Groups are required to clean all group center facilities used during their stay. Cleaning supplies are provided. Park staff will complete an inspection prior to check out. If the group does not adequately clean the facility, a minimum cleaning fee of $200 will be charged at check out.


The bathroom and shower building is accessible and the dining hall has an accessible entrance.


  • Camping: The camping area includes two 45-foot long RV campsites with 30-amp electric service and three group tent campsites that together accommodate up to 20 tents of various sizes.
  • Counselor's cabin: The cabin has heat but no air conditioning. Three bedrooms furnished with single beds; sleeps five total. One bathroom with a shower, and a lounge with wood-burning fireplace, tables and chairs. No linens provided.
  • Bathroom and shower building: The modern bathroom building has multi-stall men's and women's restrooms, two family bathrooms and six private shower rooms. Accessible facilities.
  • Dining hall: Heated and air-conditioned dining hall with 20 picnic-style tables.
  • Commercial kitchen: Includes a walk-in refrigerator, two upright freezers, a commercial range with flat-top grill, a three-compartment stainless steel sink, microwave, coffee pot, toaster, cookware and tableware. Also includes a half-bath. Accessible entrance.
  • Outdoor space: Mowed lawn, picnic tables, fire rings, two-tenths of one mile hiking trail to lake with carry-in access.

Remember to bring

  • Sleeping bags or other bedding
  • Bedding for counselor's cabin beds
  • Toiletries
  • Towels
  • Flashlights


  • Cleaning supplies
  • Kitchen towels and sponges
  • Dish soap and hand soap
  • Toilet paper
  • Paper towels

Arrival and departure

Check-in: 4 p.m. 
Register at the camping and lodging office. Please call 218-699-7214 for instructions if you will be arriving after business hours.

Checkout: 11 a.m.
Park staff will complete a facility inspection prior to checkout.

Other information

Heating and utilities

  • Fees include utilities.


  • Recreational vehicles (RVs) may use the two RV campsites near the dining hall.


  • During an emergency, alert the park office during office hours: 218-699-7214.
  • The group center address is 25059 Ozawindib Lane, South Clearwater, MN 56676.

Phone coverage

  • If someone needs to reach you in an emergency, they may call the park office during office hours, 218-699-7214.
  • Verizon has cell phone coverage at the group center. Service from other carriers may be spotty.

  • Pets - including emotional support, therapy, comfort or companion animals - are not allowed in any state park buildings. Service animals may accompany their owners unrestricted. Pets must be personally attended at all times in campgrounds and other outdoor spaces.
  • Wireless Internet access is available at the Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center, Douglas Lodge, Pine Ridge Campground, the campground office, Forest Inn, Mary Gibbs Headwaters Center, Four-Season Suites and Bear Paw Campground. Signal strength may vary.
  • Firewood can be purchased at the camping and lodging office during business hours, or anytime using the Yodel mobile app. Note: app purchases can only be picked up during business hours. Gathering firewood can spread tree-killing insects and is against state park rules. Protect our trees - please burn only approved firewood!

Call 866-857-2757

October - March
8 a.m. - 6 p.m., Monday - Friday
8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Saturday and Sunday
April - September
8 a.m. - 8 p.m., Daily

Call center is closed holidays.
Reservations policy and FAQ

Make a reservation

Reservations can be made up to 120 days in advance, 24 hours a day, except for the first day a reservation becomes available. On that first day, reservations cannot be made online before 8 a.m.

Check availability

A non-refundable reservation fee ($10.00 for call center/$7.00 for web) is charged for each advance reservation.

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