The YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities has partnered with the city of Monticello and the County to create the largest regional park in Wright County, The Bertram Chain of Lakes Regional Park. Together the partners will preserve the natural space for the public and future generations by protecting 1,200 acres of land and water west of the current city limits of Monticello.
The park will be open to the public with the exception of a 12-acre area designated for Camp Manitou. The Y upgrades will feature an in ground pool, slide and splash pad, bath house with flush toilets, ball field, two archery ranges, amphitheater, art pavilion, nature pavilion, office and rainy day shelter, gaga pits, ropes course and zip line. Campers will have access to the 1,200 acres of hiking trails and beachfront outside the day camp property. Construction is underway and the new site will be ready for summer 2016.
YMCA Day Camp Manitou will operate on a temporary site next to the Briarwood Avenue entrance, away from the construction, during summer 2015. This location allows for the easiest access to program areas. The main beach is now a public beach; however, the Y has a private section designated to Camp Manitou which is supervised by Y certified life guards. This is a similar arrangement to other Y day camps that share county park space such as Kumalya and Guy Robinson. The Y exercises established security practices to maintain the safety of all campers. Boating is no longer at the main beach and has been relocated next to the temporary site on Bertram Lake.