The Camping Experience

Camping is a unique opportunity to experience God’s creation and the beauty of the environment that most of us don’t see every day. More importantly it affords the opportunity to build relationships with family and make new friends without the distractions of the world. Leave business and social media at home. Instead, relax, reflect, and wear the same clothes for three days. Build a fire with the kids and burn marshmallows. Go for a hike. Take a nap. Go fishing and teach the kids how to put a worm on a hook. Camping is a special time to just BE and not worry about what to DO.

Camping fun

Lake Heron Campground Today

Our facilities include a pavilion, two cabins, 10 RV sites with water and electric, hiking trails, and several areas for tent camping. A small "Comfort Station" (with two showers and two toilets) was added recently. A 10 acres lake offers swimming, fishing, and boating fun. The lake is stocked with Largemouth Bass, Channel Catfish, and Bluegills. Docks and a floating swim platform, boats, canoes, and paddleboats are available. Dean began construction of "The Barn" in 2014, which will serve as a multi-purpose building. It can be used as a dining area with a kitchen, or a meeting room, or an activities room. The exterior of The Barn is complete, but none of the interior was finished before he died in 2017.
We host many families throughout the summer months. We have had groups of scouts and day camps for children from the Milton Hershey School.

Learn more about campground on the Lake Heron web site.


Dean and Gail Stephens bought the 240 acre property with the 10 acre lake in 1987 and knew it would be a beautiful area to develop for camping. They worked together for over 20 years to build it to what it is today.
Dean and Gail's desire is to ensure good stewardship of the property that God entrusted to them. Dean said, "It is just as important to God how we distribute what is left of His property when we die as it is how we managed it while we were alive." Their objective is to give Him a good return on His investment during the years they managed it.
The Lake Heron Conservancy, a 501(c)(3) a not-for-profit foundation, is fulfilling Dean and Gail’s legacy by preserving the Lake Heron property and continuing the Christian ministry.

Future Projects

  • Outdoor chapel
  • Expanded electrical service
  • Cabins or dormitories for kids for overnight camping
  • Shower house and toilets
  • Playground
  • Volleyball, basketball courts
  • Rope swing or zip line
  • Lodge with rooms for adults for retreats
  • Water slide
  • Archery range
  • Duplex house for campground manager and campground maintenance
  • Go-cart track
  • Road and hiking trail maintenance
  • Gymnasium

Support Lake Heron Conservancy

By supporting Lake Heron Conservancy:

  • You are part of a solution to reach families and children for Christ
  • You are offering children opportunities to develop personal growth, self-esteem, leadership skills
  • You are improving your community and safeguarding the environment.
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The Lake Heron Conservancy seeks partnerships with churches, youth organizations, service groups, businesses, and individuals to realize its vision. Please contact us (address below) to introduce yourself and your organization.