Rifle River Recreation Area, Lupton

#262 of 409 in Parks in Michigan
Rifle River State 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 State Recreation Area.CampingRifle River State 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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  • Michigan has a lot of state parks to offer, but Rifle River SP is one of the neatest. It's a lake lover's paradise, from inside it's many winding roads and trails, you get to see a very diverse landsc...  more »
  • 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 »
  • This is one of the best state rec. areas in the state in my opinion. Love the many secluded lakes and cabins. The river and lakes give many kayaking and fishing opportunities. The hiking trails are awesome especially in the spring and fall. Many different campgrounds in the park. Everything from modern, semi-rustic and full rustic. Campgrounds are mixed around the park from being on the lakes, river, or secluded back in the woods.
  • Grew up going there every year love this place and wouldn’t dream of going to another campground for our vacation
  • Awesome place to camp lots of things to do in and around the area
  • Beautiful waters and beaches. They offer cabins, canoe, boat, and kayak rental. Also trails for hiking and biking. 3D archery range and observatory tower are part of the park as well. Friendly and helpful staff. Also they have a designated beach for your pets. I would recommend getting a map from the front office because there is alot to explore here.
  • Great trails, beautiful lakes and streams, a perfect place to spend time.
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