Camp Oak Ridge

St. John’s Congregation is a member of the Camp Oak Ridge Association. This gives every one of our members the privilege of using this fine camping facility. The Camp is operated by about 10 different WELS congregations from Southern Wisconsin and Northern Illinois. Our Boy Pioneers Group pays $300.00 of the $450.00 annual membership fee for our congregation.

We supply 2 Camp Directors, to manage the camp, currently they are Loren Lange, and Steve Thies.

We also supply 2 delegates to the annual meeting of the association.  They are Joe Jilek IV, and Mike McDougal.

The campground does not take reservations and the sites are not numbered. There are fire pits and fire wood is available at no cost (within reason) The entire campground is clean and beautiful. There are modern facilities complete with showers. There is a dump station. There are water and electrical hookups throughout the campground. In the worst rains there is no mud. There are hiking trails too.  For more information go to

All of the campers you meet there are WELS members.

How to Use Camp Oak Ridge?

To use the campground you will need a key. Keys can be signed out in the church office or by calling Loren Lange at 342-2612. 

Where is Camp Oak Ridge?

Camp Oak Ridge is located on Tower Rd just Southeast of the city of Palmyra. It is only about 30 minutes from Watertown. 

How much does it cost?

The cost to camp is $ 2 per night per adult, plus a free-will donation. 
What a wonderful way to have a low cost weekend or even a summer vacation.

Swimming and Fishing?

There is no lake or pond on site but there are several in the area.