Joy Ranch

Welcoming all ages and all abilities.


Lutherans Outdoors' newest camp and retreat center is a barrier-free facility welcoming all to experience Christ's love in community and creation in a unique setting-- an 1880's prairie town with modern high comfort amenities! Joy Ranch specializes in offering summer medical camps and intergenerational programs for individuals of all abilities and ages. Joy Ranch is also a reputable destination location for weddings, corporate retreats and family vacations. Joy Ranch's facility includes a full-service campground and an impressive working dude ranch featuring Norwegian Fjord Horses, Quarter Horses, Miniature Horses, and one Miniature Donkey! 

Events and Retreats

Hosting a variety of events all year long.


Visit Us!

Joy Ranch (16633 448th Ave, Florence, SD 57235) is located approximately 8 miles northwest of Watertown on SD Highway 20. Warning: Some GPS units and online maps (i.e., Google Maps) will direct you down a prairie trail once you approach Joy Ranch from the east on SD Hwy 20. Be sure you drive west on SD 20 until you reach the intersection of 448th Ave. We know you are coming for an event at an old west town, but you don’t have to arrive in an “old west style” by driving down a prairie trail.

Contact info: 605-886-4622 or


Summer Programs

Registration opens in November!


Meet the Director



Jake Hanson