UAW Black Lake Conference & Events Center

Traverse City



Nestled around reflecting pools, high wooded land and an evergreen terrain in Onaway, Michigan, the Black Lake Conference Center is a mere five miles south of scenic Black Lake and sits on 1,000 heavily wooded acres of its shores. 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. Most trees on the grounds were planted after World War I or by the Civilian Conservation Corps during the Great Depression and are red, white, jack and Scotch pine. This mountain resort-like retreat boast rustic elegance. The Center is made up of several buildings, with the main lodging, elaborately connected with intricate hallways, winding paths and structures made of glass, stone, brass, knotty pine and wood. Its airy design brings nature in and carries you through the surrounding woods. More than 15,000 tons of stone from Wisconsin were used in the buildings. The bronze work was cast in Italy, and the roofs are strong enough to hold approximately 5 feet of snow. The Douglas firs used for the massive beams and columns in the Center came from Portland, Oregon. The dining room holds the largest beam, which is 72 feet, and adds a unique flair to an area made for sophisticated, lovely receptions. Lounges with floor to sky-high ceiling windows look over the natural pools and forests surrounding the center, perfect for a peaceful breath of air after a stunning storybook wedding amongst the trees.

Venue Style


Indoor/Outdoor Ceremony, Indoor/Outdoor Reception


Max Indoor Ceremony: 350 guests
Max Outdoor Ceremony: 350 guests
Max Indoor Reception: 395 guests
Max Outdoor Reception: 100 guests

Time Restrictions

Flexible set up start time. Early morning can be arranged. Events must end by midnight.

Rental Fees

The rental fee ranges from $1,000 to $3,000 for a ceremony and reception and includes 12 hours of event time including set up and clean up time.

Wedding Cost

The average wedding cost at UAW Black Lake Conference & Events Center is estimated at between $4,373 and $10,837 for a ceremony & reception for 100 guests.





Amenities Included

Event coordination
Bride's dressing area
Groom's dressing area
Ceremony arch
Podium and/or stage
Coat check room
Tables and chairs provided
Linens, silverware, glassware provided
Venue set up and clean up
Overnight accommodations available
Day of onsite manager
Complimentary bridal suite
Full kitchen facilities
Large parking lot
Dance floor available for an additional fee

Special Restrictions

Venue must approve all decorations
Catering provided by venue
Amplified music OK indoors and outdoors
Smoking outside only
Alcohol must be provided by venue
Music must end by midnight
Biodegradable throwables only