Special Features

Paul’s Pond

Paul’s Pond is beautiful location for fishing, canoeing and hiking. The pond is named in honor of Bishop Paul Erickson who was the bishop of the Illinois Synod and very instrumental in the support of LOMC. The pond is stocked with a variety of fish and features a small dock and several locations accessible to the shore line for fishing.

Human Foosball

Get your teams together while on retreat at LOMC and play a round or two of human foosball. A fun way to build teamwork as you grab the pole, maneuver left and right and then kick the ball to score!


A small playground is available for our younger retreat guests and is located between our Norm Nelson Program Center and the LOMC Office. A great place for little ones to play among the great white oak trees!

Team Building

A popular special opportunity for guests at LOMC to aid in building trust, teamwork, patience and planning. Let us guide your group in working together on any number of our awesome team building elements. Work together to complete THE WALL, WHALE WATCH, TIRE SWING, ROPE SWING and more. The team building course must be reserved and led by LOMC staff.

Gaga Ball Court

A favorite at LOMC for its fast fun and fantastic game play, this group game is like dodgeball but low impact. When your group is onsite please talk to a LOMC staff person about using one of our Gaga balls.

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Drama Drum

In the old days when the land was a dairy farm, this special spot at LOMC was the base of a farm silo. Today the Drama Drum is a wooden deck that serves as a great place for worship or any other type of presentation featuring grass lawn all around it and conveniently located near the Pole Barn, Dining Hall and Norm Nelson Program Center.

Archery Range

As one of our newest additions, the Tim Geissler Memorial Archery Range is a thrilling experience for anyone interested in handling a bow and arrow. Our trailed staff take you through all you need to know to have fun and excitement with our compound bows at LOMC. The archery range is just behind our Norm Nelson Program Center.

Basketball Court

Tucked away in the trees, our basketball court is open for all types of games and activities. The court is just steps away from our Norm Nelson Program Center and a short distance from the LOMC Office and our Tent and Trailer area.


Rebuilt a few years ago, this adorable belltower sits across from the Dining Hall. While you are visiting, feel free to give it a ring!


Zip Line

Ready for a thrill? Take a leap of faith and step out into an exhilarating experience at LOMC. Take a ride on Peterson’s Passage – a 1,200 ft. zip line and soar along the forest! Our trained staff will equip you with safety gear and help you every step of the way. Our zip line is open in a limited capacity so please contact the LOMC office for more information.

Hiking Trails

Take a hike! With over 600 acres, our trails will take you through prairies, the pond, ravines and along St. Peter sandstone. Be amazing at the all the unique flora and fauna that God has provided throughout creation. Our guests can spend hours taking in the beauty of God through nature. Visit Barber’s Cliff, Turtle Hill, Paul’s Pond, Levi’s Cave, Stony Point, Railroad Ridge and so much more. Contact us today about hiking at LOMC.


Located near our Marander Lodge (in the Freedom Tree Village), “John the Baptist” emerges from the forest to proclaim the Word of God. The sculpture was created by renowned local artist, Jeff Adams in memory of our first executive director, the Reverend Doctor (Jack) John E. Swanson.

David’s Loft

Built in memory of David Larson, this treehouse loft is located “up top” near our team building course. A peaceful place for Bible study, reflection, relaxation and casual conversation. To use David’s Loft while you are staying onsite please talk to a LOMC staff member.

Prayer Labyrinth

The Prayer Labyrinth is a unique opportunity to connect with God surrounded by nature. A favorite spot for people of all ages! Walk the labyrinth day or night and enjoy a peaceful time of contemplating, relaxation and prayer. Contrary to popular thought, the labyrinth is not a maze – there is one path from beginning to end. Be renewed!

Geocache Course

Explore LOMC in a fun and unique way. Using the WHAT3WORDS app or website you can locate hidden geocaches. We have several geocaches hidden throughout LOMC, and many caches have a prize or SWAG too! Geocache instructions and locations are available to guests of LOMC. This is a great on-your-own activity for groups or households to experience.

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