Pioneer Trails

Pioneer Trails Camp on Big Blue Lake
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A Place to Grow and Play »

Community involvement, healthy lifestyles, and recreation are promoted by Pioneer Resources in several ways, including our beautiful camp on big Blue Lake! Pioneer Trails is a place, not a program, and an exciting diversity of activities and camp programs happen at Pioneer Trails.

Located in northern Muskegon County, Pioneer Trails borders Blue Lake on the edge of the Manistee National Forest. The camp is rustic, yet has been uniquely designed to be barrier-free and offers a wonderful environment for fun and growth. Paved trails and gentle slopes make the woods, waterfront, and buildings accessible for people of all abilities.

Pioneer Trails Activities

  • Swimming
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Team building
  • Archery
  • Canoeing
  • … And more

Available by Special Request

  • Use of a challenge course
  • Canoeing on the White River
  • Horseback riding

Host Site for Many Camps

Pioneer Trails is the host site for camp programs serving many specialized populations.

Pioneer Trails Day Camp

Day camp packs fun and friendship into multi-week sessions throughout the summer. These sessions are designed to serve children and young adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities and to provide respite for families caring for children with special needs. To be eligible, campers must be between the ages of six and twenty-six and still attending school. Each session of camp lasts approximately three weeks and is in session Monday – Thursday, though sessions and days vary year to year.

Ignite Your PATH to Employment

Ignite your PATH to Employment is an 8-day program offering students ages 16-26 the opportunity to learn the various skills necessary to be successful in the workplace. This two-week experience will not only focus on Work Readiness and Self-Advocacy Skills, but will include Job Exploration and Work-Based Learning Experiences needed to launch their journey towards finding, and maintaining, employment. The first week is held at Pioneer Trails where students can participate in fun camp activities like swimming, pontoon boat rides, nightly camp fires, crafts, new friendships, and a surprise event the final night of camp! Following the first week at Pioneer Trails, students get the opportunity to put their week-one learning into action by participating in tours, job shadows and informational interviews with local businesses!

Camp Connected

Camp Connected is designed to serve youth, ages 10-16 years old, that struggle with severe emotional disorders. This three-day, two-night camp focuses on social skills, team work and building self-confidence through the completion of obstacle courses and expectations of self-regulation. These objectives are met through various educational and fun activities throughout the weekend.

Camp Bold Eagle

Pioneer Trails is the host site for Camp Bold Eagle, a program of the Hemophilia Foundation of Michigan (HFM). Founded in 1969, Camp Bold Eagle is the oldest camp of its kind in the country serving children with hereditary bleeding disorders. Visit the Camp Bold Eagle page of HFM for information including camp dates and how to apply.

Camp Courage

For many years, Pioneer Trails has been the host site for this Harbor Hospice program. Any child who has experienced the death of a loved one can apply for Camp Courage. Planned activities help the children recall and preserve memories in a safe and secure environment. Visit the Camp Courage website for more information.


Pioneer Trails Map

Pioneer Trails is approximately 17 miles from the city of Muskegon and 13 miles from Fremont. The address is 1421 East Fruitvale Road.

Your Support

Your contributions make a difference! Pioneer Trails is a division of Pioneer Resources, a tax-exempt charitable organization. View our Give Page to learn how you can invest in our efforts to bring an outdoor experience to people of all abilities.

Past Pioneer Trails Supporters

A special thank you to those who have generously supported Pioneer Trails in the past:

  • Muskegon Chapter Ambucs
  • Community Foundation for Muskegon County
  • MQB
  • WEBB Chemical
  • New Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church
  • Living Life Church
  • Fremont Area Community Foundation
  • Muskegon Area Intermediate School District
  • The William Munroe Friends of the Disabled Fund
  • The Richard and Dora Hain Fund
  • The Otta and Alma Seyferth Trust
  • The Freeman Foundation
  • Herman Miller