Featured Upcoming Events at Cole Canoe Base

What: Wilderness First Aid Training
When: April 5-7, 2024
Who: Leaders, Older Scouts

What: NRA Shotgun Instructor Training
When: April 12-14, 2024
Who: Leaders

What: Chainsaw Safety Training
When: April 20, 2024
Who: Adults 21+

What: Signature Event (FREE!)
When: April 27, 2024
Who: Scouts and Families

What: I Love My Camp! Service Day
When: April 20, 2024
Who: Scouts and Families

What: Wilderness First Aid Training
When: April 19-21, 2024
Who: Leaders, Older Scouts

Weekend Programs:  We offer a weekend camping program for units seeking a fantastic place to participate in weekend Scouting activities. All campsites and White Pines cabin are available throughout the year outside of the summer camping season to any interested units. Scouts can practice their shooting sports skills in camp, go hiking on our many miles of trails, and participate in other unit led scouting activities. Your unit holding a weekend campout here at Cole Canoe Base will enable your scouts to have the opportunity to complete requirements towards advancing in rank or completing merit badges.

Campsites, White Pines Cabin & Family Camp

Our beautiful campsites are available for unit’s seeking a fun weekend campout for their unit. We have campsites of varying sizes to accommodate any size pack, troop, or crew. Some campsites even have their own pavillion which can be used for many purposes including holding a Court of Honor or any other type of meeting or ceremony.

White Pines Cabin

We have a beautiful cabin complete with bunk beds, full kitchen, and indoor restrooms and showers. White Pines Cabin is the perfect place to stay and warm up after enjoying those fun winter time activities.

Elliott Turkey Run Family Camp

Open from April 1 until the end of October, Cole Canoe Base Family Camp is a new addition to our camp for those who prefer the comfort of their motorhomes while enjoying the great outdoors. There are 16 sites available. (12 have full hook-up, water, electric, and sewer. 4 have water and electric only.)

Canoeing On The Rifle River

Canoeing on the Rifle River outside of summer enables Scouts to experience the rush of the rapids from Spring thaw and witness the beauty of the changing of the leaves in Autumn. Unit’s who sign-up to experience this one-of-a-kind experience must remember that any time of the year outside of summer camp, we will help haul the canoes to your requested drop off point but you must provide transportation for the participants. Only canoes are offered; no kayaks.

Shooting Sports Ranges

With an advanced reservation, any of our three shooting sports ranges (archery, rifle, and shotgun) can be open for scouts to sharpen their shooting sports skills, complete merit badge requirements, and have a little shooting sports fun.

*** An advanced reservation for shooting sports activites is required to ensure we have adequate, qualified staffing for each range. Please place your reservation at least 2 weeks before your units scheduled weekend campout to guarantee adequate staffing. ***

*** The shooting ranges will not be open during the Winter. ***

Winter Activities

For every person that dreads the wrath of winter, there is someone who embraces winter and all the beauty it holds. The those who appreciate winter, we have trails throughout camp that are perfect for going snowshoeing and cross-country skiing; we also have hills that are perfect for sledding skiing and snowboarding.

River Store

Our camp trading post “The River Store” will be open on the weekend while your unit is in camp. We have a plethora of camping supplies, snacks, drinks, and camp souvenirs available for purchase.


For any questions you may have or for inquiries placing reservations for weekend camping at Cole Canoe Base, feel free to send a message to our Camp Director Gregg Zdan

Cole Canoe Base
1356 E. Greenwood Rd | Alger, MI 48610

Phone: 989-873-1516 | Fax: 989-873-1517
Camp Director: Dan Hill
Cell: 517-940-4125
Ranger: David Gray
Ranger: Mike Gray
Camp Chair: David Kautz
Properties Chair: Kent Klitzke
Program Chair:  Vacant

Scout BSA Summer Camp Info

2024 Cole Summer Camp Sessions

Session 1: June 16 -22Session 2: June 23 – 29Session 3: June 30 – July 6Session 4: July 7 – 13Session 5: July 14 – 20Session 6: July 21 – 27Session 7: July 28 -Aug 3

Kickoff Webinar
January 16, 2024
Recording | Slide Deck

Office Hours
April 3, 2024 4-8pm

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