Rifle River Recreation Area is a wilderness located on the upper reaches of the Rifle River within the Au Sable State Forest in Ogemaw County in the U.S. state of Michigan. Covering 4449acre, the area provides a variety of recreational opportunities, including boating, canoeing, hiking, hunting, fishing, cross-country skiing, biking, and swimming.This area was formerly a private hunting and fishing retreat owned by Harry Mulford Jewett, president of the Paige-Detroit Motor Car Company, for whom the Jewett automobile was named. In 1945 the tract, then called Grousehaven, was purchased by the Michigan Department of Conservation from Mrs. Jewett after her husband's death. The Department of Conservation renamed it the Rifle River Area and used it as a field laboratory for fish and game research. In 1963, the Parks Division acquired the area and it is now known as the Rifle River Recreation Area.CampingRifle River Recreation Area offers 75 modern sites with electricity and modern shower house. Three rustic campgrounds with a total of 99 rustic campsites with vault toilets as well as rustic cabins.FisheryAll lakes and waterways encompassed within Rifle River State Recreation Area are closed to boats with motors. Devoe Lake, Grousehaven Lake, Grebe Lake, and Lodge Lake are open to fishing. Jewett Lake is restricted to catch and release fishing with no live bait. Fisheries research has been conducted on thirteen acre Jewett Lake starting in 1945 and has continued to present day.Plan your Rifle River Recreation Area visit and explore what else you can see and do in Lupton using our Lupton trip itinerary builder.
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I have been coming here my entire life beautiful natural lakes great well maintained camp grounds great for hiking and boating, swimming. more »
I've been to this state park many times over the years, and although I've never spent the night, I'm very familiar with the modern campground (Grousehaven) and both beaches (campers' beach and day-use... more »
I camped with my family at the Devoe campground. The campsite was picture perfect. Well maintained. There was very little crowd. The beach and the trails were clean and well kept. more »
Great place,good beach,if your in the modern campground there a lot of pricks who think they own the place but don't give us anytrouble.Quite a few drunks on labor day but to be expected...mwuha!👌
Great place to camp, fish, hike, canoe, hunt, etc. Been visiting the Rifle River Recreation Area for 35+years. Wonderful place to stay, private campsites (in some areas), trails everywhere, great lookout tower, beautiful lakes, streams, and the Rifle River right there.
Some spots are way too sunny. Be careful!
My favorite place for rustic camping and it's only about 2.5 hour drive north of Detroit. I always stay in the Spruce rustic campground. The sites are huge and spread out with trees in between them so you have a little privacy from neighboring sites. Fire pits are huge and lined with concrete. On the premises there's a beach, fishing pier, and an observation tower. Canoe outfitter is right outside the park which will get you set up on the slow moving Rifle River, trip takes about 2.5 hours if you paddle straight through. There's a gas station with everything you need right across the street. Next to the canoe outfitter there's a pay shower facility ($2 for a couple mins) if you camp rustic like me. You won't be disappointed with this place if you camp rustic but the modern campground you'll be stacked like cord wood with other tent and RV campers. Keep in mind, you need the state recreation pass ( on your license plate) to avoid "parking" fees here or you can buy the annual sticker as well at the desk.
From my brief visit I enjoyed the scenic landscape of the park and its lakes however I didn't feel like there was enough access or enough info to for gaining access to much of the park. From what I saw there didn't seem to be many points other then a few to easily reach some of the lakes unless you where on a boat. Same with the trails, I really didn't see many signs or parking areas for the trailhead as you would expect. I do plan to revisit sometime soon and hopefully find I was mistaken some. Please don't let this discourage anyone form visiting because I could be mistaken due to my brief experience.
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