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Camp was founded in 1947 by Mr. and Mrs. Welton Alm, life long residents of Nelsonville. It was named Camp Mikquano which is a Menominee word for “Turtle” or lake of the Turtle. The lake was named Stoltenburg Lake until the name was changed to Lake Elaine, after Mrs. Alm. The camp began as a private boy’s sports summer camp.
In 1966 the camp was purchased by Dr. and Mrs. Bob Schmatz. The Schmatz’s ran it as a private boy’s summer camp until 1978. Dr. Schmatz was an education professor at the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point.
In 1978 the camp was sold and also opperated as a private boy’s summer camp for five years.
Keith and Terry Eichmann purchased the camp in 1985 and changed the name to Glacier Hollow. They remodeled the camp, including turning it into a co-ed facility. Their goal was to keep camp as a place for people of all ages to enjoy and reconnect with the natural environment.
Starting in 1998 the Stevens Point Area YMCA began leasing the Glacier Hollow camp property for its two week-long resident camps. In 2005 the YMCA began leasing the entire facility to run Day Camp, Resident Camp and Teen Adventure Trip programs. In 2010 the Stevens Point Area YMCA purchased camp and will continue operating the property as a nature based camp while carrying on the many positive growth experiences and memories of campers to come!
Glacier Hollow is located in Nelsonville, Wisconsin, 14 miles east of Stevens Point. The site covers 100 acres of woodland glacial ridges and hollows. A grass covered trail winds through the remaining undeveloped acres of woodland. The 15 acre lake is 30 feet deep in the center and has a gently sloping sand bottom swimming area. The camp also has an nature trail, basketball and volleyball courts, softball diamond, archery range and soccer field. The Tomorrow River is within walking distance.
The camp can sleep up to 75 people in cabins that were built from lumber harvested on-site. Other buildings include modern bathroom and shower building, trading post, log-style dining lodge and recreational center, campfire gazebo, health lodge, program office and residence home.