Pioneer Trails

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Community involvement, healthy lifestyles, and recreation are promoted by Pioneer Resources in several ways, including our beautiful camp on big Blue Lake! 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 many camp programs serving various populations. Most of our own program participants and residents have the opportunity to experience camp each summer. This is a wonderful way to get outside and enjoy fun activities with friends!

For information on LARC camp, senior day camp, or other program-specific camps not listed below, please contact your program’s manager or call us today to get connected.

Pioneer Trails also hosts outside organizations including Camp Bold Eagle and Camp Courage (see below). Other happy campers include sports camps, band camps, weddings, and reunions! Dates book up quickly, call us today for more information.

Pioneer Trails Day Camp

We are excited to offer our new “Discovery Day Camp” during the week of August 19-22, 2024! Visit our Day Camp Page for details!

Ignite Your PATH to Employment

Ignite your PATH to Employment is an 4-day program offering students ages 16-26 the opportunity to learn the various skills necessary to be successful in the workplace. This experience will focus on Work Readiness and Self-Advocacy Skills to launch their journey towards finding, and maintaining, employment. 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 week at Pioneer Trails, students get the opportunity to put their week-one learning into action by participating in paid summer work experiences for 6 weeks at various locations in our community.

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.

Information on Pioneer Trails

Call us today for more information at 231.773.5355 or email

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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
  • Hot Rod Harley Davidson
  • WEBB Chemical
  • New Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church
  • Living Life Church
  • Fremont Area Community Foundation
  • Muskegon Area Intermediate School District
  • The William Munroe Fund
  • The Richard and Dora Hain Fund
  • The Otta and Alma Seyferth Trust
  • The Freeman Foundation
  • Herman Miller