Generations of Minnesotans spent childhood summers at Camp Ojiketa on the shores of Green Lake, a place where one can still see deer, owls, loons, wild turkeys, painted turtles, great blue herons, and beautiful sunsets. When its owner, Minnesota Council of Camp Fire USA, considered selling the property to developers, former campers rallied and formed the Ojiketa Preservation Society to raise funds to buy and conserve the land. Camp Fire’s $5 million asking price made the purchase seem out of reach until 2008, when the real estate market plummeted. When the price lowered to less than $3.7 million, The Trust for Public Land was able to combine donated funds with public money and purchase the camp in mid- December. Camp Ojiketa became a regional park, owned and managed by the local community, Chisago City.
Funding for this project was provided by the Minnesota Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund as recommended by the Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCCMR).