Camp History

Maple Lake Originally known as Russ Houk’s Wrestling Camp. This is the 45th year of Camp Maple Lake’s hosting wrestling camps. The camp started in 1962 and became the U.S. Olympic and Pan-American Games Training Camp from 1964-1973. The Camp was also the host training Center for the Canadian World and Olympic Teams. The camp was started by wrestling legend Russ Houk. Russ was the U.S. Olympic Team Manager and had World and Olympic Greats there such as Dan Gable, Chris Taylor, Rick Sanders, John & Ben Peterson, Stan Dziedzic, Wade Schalles, Gray Simons, Don Behm, Wayne Wells and more. Many of the Camp’s structures were built by some of these greats. Come be part of history!