YMCA Trout Lodge



YMCA Trout Lodge and Camp Lakewood has over a 100-year-old history, as well as ties to an American writer because of its location in the northeast corner of the Mark Twain National Forest. One of Twain’s pearls of advice — “Explore. Dream. Discover.” — rings true for Road Scholar adventurers. Based at this historic lodge overlooking beautiful Sunnen Lake in Missouri’s eastern Ozarks, Road Scholars embark on educational field trips to learn about an array of subjects, from the Missouri wine harvest to horsemanship, watercolor painting to canoeing, cave exploration to meditation. By sunset, a deck chair is the perfect place to reflect on a great day.


Perched on 5,200 acres of picturesque, forested hills in the northeast corner of the Mark Twain National Forest, newly renovated Trout Lodge offers hotel-style lodging with two queen beds, full bath and a balcony or patio overlooking beautiful Sunnen Lake. 


Walking paths abound on the expansive “campus” and there are dozens of places to sit and socialize, indoors and out. An exceptional array of available activities includes nature hikes, horseback riding, zip lining, many water and boating activities on Sunnen Lake, a ropes course and a climbing wall.

Good to Know
  • Alcohol allowed only in rooms.
  • Soap provided, but not shampoo.
  • No TVs in rooms; TV in common area.
  • Cell phone service spotty.
  • Housekeeping once a week.


The Retreat Difference  |  The unique experience at a Road Scholar Retreat includes opportunities for light morning exercise, meeting a community member for insight into local life, an authentic farm-to-table or locally sourced meal, a live performance or event, and a single room to yourself for under $200 more for most programs. 


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