FaQ

Bookings

Q: How do I make a booking? 

  1. Check out the Lodging page. It includes pricing per lodge per night (prices vary for each lodge). 

  2. Send an inquiry, visit Reserve Now, or contact us at 269-463-6315 or email to find out what dates are available. Provide your name, group name (if any), phone, email, and mailing address.

  3. Send deposit and forms. After the inquiry is received and terms agreed, we'll send you a Contract. Please sign and date the Contract, and return to us with the Deposit payment and the completed User Agreement. Our receipt of these three items confirms your reservation. Additionally, in consideration for legal admittance to the camp, signing of our Waiver Forms is required, and encouraged to be done in advance. Large groups usually handle this at pre-registration before the event, or arrival registration at the event.

Useful Documents

The following documents are required for all bookings:

 

Additional documents:

Q: Can I stop by for a tour? 

  • To maintain privacy for our groups we ask that you call in advance of a visit to be sure that we are able to show you the entire camp. Best times for tours are on weekdays, late April, early May, and late October. But we'll do what we can to accommodate your needs. Just give us a call: 269-463-6315. 

Q: When do you close and open for the season?

  • Summer season: For most of the camp, we are generally open roughly from mid-April through early November. This varies year to year depending on advance bookings.

Q: What is your maximum capacity for large groups? 

  • This varies from year to year, but generally we say around 100, depending on your group's flexibility. We can provide bunk beds if needed. Tent camping is always welcome with large groups, and there are showers in Chadwicke Hall for outdoor campers' use. 

Q: How far in advance do we need to book?

  1. Peak months (June - October) require up to a year advance booking for large groups, whereas off-peak months (i.e. April) need less lead time.

  2. Large groups that need a specific weekend will want to book at least a year in advance. Note that preference is given to returning groups who have had minimal cancellations or booking lapses.

Q: What is your reservation and deposit policy? 

  • Deposit is equal to half your lodging costs or $1000, whichever is lower ($1000 for meal plans). Your reservation is confirmed when we receive your Deposit, the signed Contract, and the signed, initialed, and completed User Agreement. Reservations cannot be confirmed otherwise. If you are uncertain or having difficulty with funds, we will keep you in mind and contact you when other groups ask for those specific dates. When two equal size groups are looking at the same weekend, preference is given to the first group to pay the Deposit (and complete the forms mentioned above).

Q: What is your cancellation policy?  

  • 100% refund of the Deposit is guaranteed up to 8 weeks before the first date of your stay. After that the Deposit is forfeited in full. Because this is a generous cancellation policy, we ask groups to keep us informed in the months prior to the 8 week deadline if they feel they may have to cancel for any reason. For EXCLUSIVE USE GROUPS 100% refund of the Deposit is guaranteed up to 12 weeks before the first date of your stay. After that the Deposit is forfeited in full. We encourage groups to set their own registration, deposit, and payment deadlines for their participants to insure that they can have an accurate headcount 8 weeks before their event. 

Q: What is your policy on illegal substances, smoking and alcohol?

  • Illegal Substances: Any substances on the property must be fully in accordance with local, township, county, state, and federal laws and ordinances. If we find any illegal substance, evidence of a substance, evidence of illegal use of a substance (i.e. underage) or otherwise, we may contact the authorities as appropriate.

  • Smoking: Smoking is not allowed indoors in any of the buildings, including screened in porches and other structures with a permanent roof. Smokers must leave no trace, and there are butt cans outside the lodges. If the activity is religious in nature, please make arrangements in advance so we can insure safety precautions are taken.

  • Alcohol:  If served or consumed, discreet, responsible use is expected.  Consumption by anyone under the age of 21 is strictly prohibited. Over indulgence will not be tolerated and could result in removal from the property.  Open containers are prohibited from the trails, waterfront, lake, stairs to the lake, and most other outdoor areas.  Weddings and other exceptions, please discuss the presence of alcoholic beverages when the reservation is made. 

Amenities 

Q: Are linens provided? 

  • All beds have comforters and pillows.  Guests may bring their own pillowcase, top sheet, bottom sheet, bath towel, and washcloth or request a linen bundle ($15 per bed). Advance notice required for linen bundle rentals.

Q: Is firewood provided?

Q: Do you allow primitive tent camping?

  • Our primary focus for rentals are the cabins. Exceptions for groups above lodging capacity (60-100+). If you are looking for individual or small group primitive tent camping with no cabin rental, we are happy to refer you to our friends a half mile down the road at Paw Paw River Campground, just a half mile down the road.

Q: Do you allow RV camping and other camper vehicles? 

  • We make no guarantee of any facilities on site and are happy to refer you to our friends a half mile down the road at Paw Paw River Campground. Camper vehicles are welcome provided we can find enough space for them to park on the property, and provided the group coming with them has rented the majority of or the entire camp for your stay (most common for destination weddings, etc.).

Q: Do you have horseback riding? Can I interact with the horses? 

  • Horseback riding: While we know if would be wonderful, horseback riding is not offered at Ronora at this time.  Our rescue horses are friendly and approachable, but concern for their physical condition prohibits us from offering public riding.

  • Equine Interaction Program:  Ronora offers equine interaction sessions lasting 1-3 hours, depending on the needs of your group and the focus of your retreat. These sessions must be scheduled in advance and depend on the availability of a facilitator. 

  • Individual interaction: Guests can visit the horses when they are out in the pastures. 

Meal Plan 

Q: Do you make meals for small groups or individuals? 

  • Due to the expense of food and other costs involved, we do not provide meals for small groups or individuals. 

Q: Are there exceptions for the meal plan minimum of 25 people and 2 nights (6 meals)? 

  • We make exceptions for groups of more than 50 people if they wish to rent for just 1 night (3 meals or more). Groups staying for 4 nights or more on the meal plan may be offered discounts as well.

Q: What if we only want 4 or 5 meals for the meal plan? 

  • Depending on group size, length of stay, and pricing flexibility, we will work with you. Generally the best deal is to stick with meal plans with a number of meals in multiples of 3.

Q: Do we have to pay for our staff/facilitators on the meal plan? 

  • Yes. The meal plan pricing is priced for everyone who will be eating from your group, including staff and facilitators. They count toward the 25 person minimum, and they are factored into the pricing at the same price as participants.

Q: Can we make some of the meals and Ronora staff makes the rest? 

  • Yes, so long as Ronora staff is asked to prepare a minimum of 6 meals that are all consecutive (i.e. dinner, breakfast, lunch, dinner, breakfast, lunch, etc.).

 

LAKE SHERWOOD

Q: Is the lake good for swimming?

  • Absolutely!  It is spring-fed with a sandy bottom.  We have life preservers, float toys, paddle boards, pedal boats, and a row boat for guests' use.  

Q: Is fishing allowed? 

  • It is!  We do not provide fishing poles, but feel free to bring your own.  Proper disposal of fish cleaning is expected.

P.O. Box 111

9325 Dwight Boyer Rd

Watervliet, MI 49098

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