Without a doubt, the Harley Ride In – when the Bikers for Bay Cliff visit camp with their motorcycles –  is one of the highlights of the children’s summer! The bikes rev and roar in the distance, signaling to the camp their imminent arrival. After  everyone gathers outside their units, the bikers cruise through the camp, making two loops around, before joining the campers and staff for supper.

For over 30 years, the Bikers for Bay Cliff have shown us tremendous generosity. Every year, they, hold a Harley raffle, with the proceeds going to Bay Cliff. Last year’s prize was a 2019 Harley-Davidson FLDE Deluxe. The Drawing was held on August 17, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. at the Little Lake American Legion Post 349.


You can help the Bikers for Bay Cliff continue their support of our camp by purchasing a $5 ticket for the Harley Raffle. Tickets can be purchased anywhere you see the Harley Raffle Flyer(last year’s poster) as well as other events to be listed here soon (you can also call Bay Cliff at 906-345-9314 and purchase tickets right over the phone!). Winners need not be present to win. A $10,000 cash prize may be substituted for the motorcycle.

“The real cycle you’re working on is a cycle called yourself” – Robert M. Pirsig

These folks just get it! Year after year, they’ve come to Bay Cliff to provide an opportunity for the children to sit on top of the bikes, blast the horns, and take pictures with their members while wearing custom bandanas. Robert M. Pirsig, author of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, wrote “in a car you’re always in a compartment, and because you’re used to it you don’t realize that through that car window everything you see is just more TV. You’re a passive observer and it is all moving by you boringly in a frame. On a cycle the frame is gone. You’re completely in contact with it all. You’re in the scene, not just watching it anymore, and the sense of presence is overwhelming.”

Truly, the Bikers for Bay Cliff are in the scene with Bay Cliff! They’re not passive observers of our camp – they’re part of it, and their positive presence – for both the campers as well as the staff – is  truly overwhelming! Besides the raffle, they provide custom bandanas to the children, as well as Harley-Davidson t-shirts. They even have a special, one of a kind t-shirt every year specifically for Bay Cliff which the campers themselves help design.

In their decades-long history of lending a helping hand, the Bikers have raised over 1.3 million dollars for the campers of Bay Cliff! We are extremely grateful for their support and friendship! Truly, everything the Bikers for Bay Cliff have done is a remarkable gift!

Motorcycles at Camp Independence

Besides the Children’s Summer Therapy Camp, the Bikers also come to visit and support Camp Independence, our recreational camp for adults living with disabilities