Rifle River Recreation Area, Lupton

4.5
#228 of 267 in Parks in Michigan
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.
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  • The terrain is so varied within this park. There is a small short loop around a pond, great for you little kids. There are sandy areas in the back of the park where you may see wildlife. Great hills i...  more »
  • We had the place mostly to ourselves which was nice. Due to the time of year there was a bunch of debris which is understandable. I can see how this place and the single restroom would be very crowded...  more »
  • I have been coming here my entire life beautiful natural lakes great well maintained camp grounds great for hiking and boating, swimming.  more »
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  • Been camping here since they first opened when I was just a child love this place for great memories of my parents along with me and my whole family this would never be a more magical place for to go. Was one of the first places I took my first love. My family still has reunions there once a year and my children and extended family and friends love this place also
  • Beautiful, great trout and bass fishing, all around wonderful place to bring a family.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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