Events Weddings

Pioneer is paying close attention to State and Local authorities for when we are allowed to re-open and what it will look like on site.  The safety of our staff and campers is very important and we will do everything required to provide a safe and enjoyable visit to Pioneer.

Your Happily Ever After Starts Here.

“Pioneer Camp & Retreat Center, a hidden treasure scattered along the beautiful shore of Lake Erie.”


Sitting on the edge of Lake Erie, Pioneer Camp and Retreat Center is truly a beautiful place for your special day! From day one our experienced staff will work directly with you to ensure all your questions, hopes, and dreams are fulfilled! Not only do we have several reception sites on the grounds, but we also have multiple ceremony locations too! From the beach with kayaks, paddleboards, and jet skis, to our 50 foot rock wall and zip line, and onto our very own Country Store with ice cream and sugary goodies, our goal is to provide you and your guests with a wonderful weekend event that won’t be forgotten!

Pioneer staff will always go the extra mile, making sure from the rehearsal evening, the wedding morning activities, and the ceremony to the reception, that every detail is gone over, every design is displayed and every person is enjoying the time in celebration of you!

Come spend your special weekend with us!


The Wedding

Pioneer Camp is fortunate enough to offer guests a variety of options for both the ceremony and reception! Our waterfront spans the entire camp length, making it a naturally gorgeous location for any ceremony! Hidden deep within, a Pioneer signature, is our Chapel of the Woods. Seating up to 300 guests, the chapel overlooks the water, and may be decorated as much or as little as you wish, providing you and your guests a scenically beautiful, out of the ordinary ceremony!


“Pioneer Camp and Retreat Center exceeded all of my expectations for our wedding.”

– Lizzie


“Innovative concepts, memorable design, and immaculate execution.”

Pioneer Catering stands to enhance the wedding experience with an elegant catering service formulated to ensure that your individual desires are fulfilled.

Our catering offers extensive services designed to embrace your once in a lifetime opportunity, with a hardworking, well prepared staff, we will assure your experience is second to none. While Pioneer provides numerous services at your leisure on your wedding day, such as cocktail hour appetizers, we often serve late evening finger foods and following day brunches for your overnight guests. In our experience the perfect wedding weekend is complete with a marvelous spread of breakfast and brunch options, in hopes of sending your guests on their way with a little taste of Pioneer to remember.

The Reception

With the ability to decorate, design, and create your perfect reception, Pioneer staff will work with you directly ensuring that your set up and visualization is fully complete! Seating more than 250 guests, Wendt Shelter sits perfectly along the edge of camp, completely covered overtop and sided with a wall of windows looking out over Lake Erie. For our early Spring and winter weddings, Pioneer is also fortunate enough to have Hickman Hall, a beautiful building, seating around 175 guests, overlooking the deck and water.



Accommodations, are available for you and your guests on the night of your wedding. With several different housing sizes and pricing, Pioneer Camp certainly has a place for everyone! From our double cabins in Founders Court to our newly renovated Woodland Cottages complete with a full kitchen and dining area, staying onsite during your wedding night allows you to comfortably prepare for and enjoy your special day without the hassle of leaving the property. Everything you could possibly need will be readily accessible and allow you a peace of mind as to where your guests, your belongings and your wedding are!


The little things

So why should you choose us? Pioneer Camp and Retreat Center has the experience to deliver you the best, most memorable, weekend of your life. Between our skilled and professional staff, our housing accommodations, and the beautifully maintained grounds, we have made this the perfect getaway for your wedding weekend. If you dream of gorgeous nightly sunsets, a peaceful ceremony hidden among the trees, dimmed lights of a reception overlooking the water, and a hardworking, behind the scenes, staff who will do just about anything to make your day perfect, then Pioneer Camp is the place for you. Please call our main office (716-549-1420) and set up your tour today!


Plan Your Special Day

To learn more about wedding weekends at Pioneer or to set up a tour, please complete the inquiry form below:


Photo Credit: Lindsey Robinson Photography, Jessica Ahrens Photography & Expressed Images