Nestled around reflecting pools, high wooded land and an evergreen terrain in Onaway, Mich., the Black Lake Conference Center offers refuge and reprieve for many. The area, known as the “Sturgeon Capital of Michigan,” is five miles south of scenic Black Lake. But don’t worry, the lake isn’t in any short supply of fish and is also home to walleye, perch and pike.

Black Lake was formed by glaciers, and, in most places, it has a white sandy bottom. Its name comes from the fact that its depth – as much as 50 feet – makes the water appear black.

Located on the crystal shores of Black Lake in northern Michigan,

the Center is centrally located within a one -hour drive of some of the state’s most scenic tourist attractions, such as Mackinaw City with its ferries and forts, Tahquamenon Falls, the Soo Locks, Lake Superior, Sleeping Bear Dunes. Shop at the trendy boutiques in Petoskey, Bay Harbor, and Harbor springs on the gold coast of northern Michigan. Like to bet? Take a trip to the Odawa Casino and try your luck.

The Black Lake Conference Center has a rich history of the story of Walter Reuther and labor’s story.

In 1966, then-UAW President Walter Reuther proposed building a worker education center for trade unionists. The UAW International Executive Board unanimously supported the idea. From that vision, Black Lake has come to mean much more to its visitors and union members.