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Our summer camp schedule is posted on our calender.  If you haven't reserved a spot yet for your camper, please contact the camp office and we will be glad to get you an application.  Spots are filling up quickly though, so please contact us right away!!


A huge thank you sent out to Bubba's Tri-City Cycles and all their staff and riders!  On Monday, May 25th, Bubba held their annual Poker Run benefitting Camp Fish Tales!  Well over 400 motorcyclists visited camp that day!!  Bubba's and the Christian Motorcycle Association have been HUGE supporters of Camp Fish Tales, and we can never thank them enough!!  Please stop in and thank these folks for supporting our camp.

We have a new office manager at camp.  Her name is Andrea Wojda.  Feel free to call and welcome her to the Camp Fish Tales family!  Andrea has some great ideas for some new projects this summer, so she's already adding to our camp.  Thanks for your hard work Andrea, learning a difficult job!


Camp Fish Tales is partnering with the MI Great Buddy Walk held in Carrolton/Zilwaukee.  If you're interested in helping, or getting more information, please contact the camp office.


Camp History - VIDEO

In 1988 Don Wackerle was looking for a way to help his son Ben, who has Muscular Dystrophy. If he could also help others with similar afflictions, then so much the better. It began with with a small group including Don as the organizer, me and Ray Lore, all of Bay City Michigan at the time, raising money to send special deserving kids to summer camp. Don's dreams and the essential efforts of many others over the years combined to create what we know as Camp Fish Tales, a barrier-free camp located near Pinconning, Michigan. www.campfishtales.org This video documents the story of the first ten years of the organization. The story really began with a wild and crazy dream. Dreams CAN come true! And after 20+ years, the dream continues! In 2011 the camp will have served over 150 campers this season who otherwise would have gone without.

Camp Fish Tales hosts Frankenmuth Cross Country teams 2011 - VIDEO

August 26 & 27, 2011 - Camp Fish Tales hosted the Frankenmuth Cross Country teams for a "Bonding" over-nighter. Everybody had a GREAT time even with all the pranking going on.

Thursday Night Drama! - Camp Fish Tales - VIDEO

I was up to Camp Fish Tales by Pinconning, MI the last week of July shooting footage to update our Camp Video. First, our great friends from Bubba's Tri-City Cycle, lead by Bubba, a Camp Fish Tales Board Member, arrive to interact with our campers. Then a short concert leading up to the Main Event, UCW, Ultimate Championship Wrestling comes to Camp Fish Tales. Following the Wrestling, I take you on a tour of the Barrier-Free Camp's trails!

Camp Fish Tales - WATER FUN - VIDEO

I was up to Camp Fish Tales by Pinconning, MI the last week of July shooting footage to update our Camp Video. Here's a sample of the Water Activities we offer our special campers through the summer sessions. This is our own private lake/pond with swimming, fishing, rides on the pontoon boat, canoeing and more.

Camp Fish Tales - MORE FUN - VIDEO

I arrived early to a recent Board Meeting and got a chance to videotape more of what the camp has to offer our special campers! Fishing, Swimming, Bowling & Archery.

Camp Fish Tales - Handicap-accessible Playground dedication 7/22/14 - VIDEO

Another milestone for all of us involved with Camp Fish Tales! Now the home of Michigan's ONLY handicap-accessible zip line! This all came about thanks to Camp founder, Don Wackerle having received the 2013 "Impact Award" which included a $25,000.00 grant for the camp. Thanks so much to the Detroit Pistons' "Come Together Foundation" and Dennis Sampier, Pistons' vice president of community relations and executive director of the Come Together Foundation for Don's award and grant. Along with former Piston and 17-year NBA Veteran Earl "The Twirl" Cureton, (with 2 World Championship rings) they attended and spoke at the dedication of the playground on Tuesday, July 22, 2014. Additional funding was provided from the Bay Community foundations, Nathalia Awrey Memorial Foundation & Leslie L Squires Foundation along with Bubba's Tri-City Cycle - Linwood, MI.If you have any ideas for fundraisers for camp, we'd love to hear from you!  Please contact the camp office with your ideas.

Please call the camp office if you have any questions.


What is Camp?

Camp Fish Tales is a 100% barrier-free, wheelchair accessible camp located on 67 acres on the corner of Erickson and Old State Road between Linwood and Pinconning (4 miles north of Linwood, 1/2 miles east of M-13). The lodge has a large dining room, a recreation room with many games, a large meeting area with a stone fireplace for those rainy summer nights and a full kitchen. The lodge is heated and air conditioned for year-round comfort. There are two large cabins for housing campers and attending staff. Other facilities include a medical building, covered chapel, two pavilions, archery and air gun ranges and a beautiful beach with an accessable dock for access to the pontoon boat and fishing!. The camp has a 5,000 foot nature trail (wheelchair accessible) that leads to an amphitheater and fire pit area.


We, Camp Fish Tales in unity will empower each other to achieve the highest level of self-esteem. Through encouragement, we will continue to grow in mind, body and spirit. We will recognized and meet each others' needs. We will carry this team spirit into our homes, our communities and preserve it for posterity.

Mission Statement

We, at Camp Fish Tales, are dedicated to providing a unique camping atmosphere for those with special challenges. We are committed to being a highly respected member of our business and local communities. We will demonstrate a sincere interest in the quality of life of our campers, volunteers and fellow citizens. We will provide a camping environment that respects and encourages the potential of each individual. We will support and foster camper involvement as well as the opportunity to be part of a winning team. We will continue to be leaders in our communities and will strive to exceed the expectations of our campers, our volunteers and ourselves.


In 1993 Camp Fish Tales opened a one-week, overnight, camp at Saginaw Valley State University.  It was a good start, but parents and volunteers had a dream.  One day their children and friends would enjoy a true camping experience…healthy, fun activities outdoors…the chance to meet new friends and develop social skills in a completely new and safe environment…the “confidence building” experience of being away from home.  Hundreds of volunteers pitched in. Finally, in 1996, Camp Fish Tales opened near Pinconning in mid-Michigan.  This barrier-free, wheelchair accessible camp, located on 67 ½ acres, is a dream come true for campers and their loved ones.  Camp facilities include: a main lodge with a kitchen, dining area, fellowship room for gatherings, game recreation room and a small nursing station.  We also have two large cabins, one each for males and females.  Counselors stay in the large cabins with the campers to assure campers’ safety.  Eight staff (including the director and nurses for the camp) stay in three small, portable cabins. The ratio of staff to campers is 1:1, occasionally 1:2 if both campers have a higher level of independence.  This type of individual attention gives campers the chance to do more things for themselves, than they might be able to at home or in other settings.  We make every effort to allow and encourage them to do whatever it is they want to accomplish.  With each small success, campers’ self-esteem grows and their level of independence increases.

Who Can Attend

We now have eight sessions of camp scheduled for summer 2010.  These eight weeks consist of youth weeks (age 7-17), young adult weeks (18-35) and adult weeks (30 and over).  There is some overlap due to disabilities or compatibility as they get older.  For many of our campers, this is one of the few opportunities to become more independent and to build social skills.  For caregivers, Camp Fish Tales offers respite, a chance to renew, or even a chance to focus on other family members.  Our campers have a physical and/or developmental disability.  Before accepting a camper, we make sure that we can adequately meet their needs.  Due to our high staffing ratio and 24 hour nursing staff, Camp Fish Tales is known for taking campers with more severe disabilities.  It is often difficult for these families to find an overnight recreational activity that can assist their loved ones, due to their disabilities.


We set out to design a camp that encourages campers to become more independent.  We asked our campers and families what would be needed and they told us:

  • Electronic doors that allow campers to enter and exit the lodge on their own.

  • Barrier-free bathrooms large enough for easy navigation in a wheelchair.

  • A 5,000 ft. nature trail, wheelchair accessible.

  • An archery & paint ball range with tripods to hold bows so that campers can aim and shoot on their own.

  • A multi-tiered campfire area designed so that wheelchairs can safely enjoy the fire.

  • An outdoor patio for dances and socializing with accessible picnic tables.

  • A chapel nestled in the woods with an accessible stage for campers to perform on.

  • A pond with an accessible dock and boardwalk for boating, swimming and fishing

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