Rifle River Recreation Area, Lupton

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#223 of 266 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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  • 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 »
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  • Grew up going there every year love this place and wouldn’t dream of going to another campground for our vacation
  • 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.
  • So much to do here. Skip the parking lot inspired modern campground and instead take a site in the old rustic area. The sites are huge and you're much closer to hiking trails and the river.
  • Love this place. You have a choice of the type camping you would like.....modern or rustic. Rustic is so peaceful and relaxing and campsites are fantastic..no one on top of you. Fishing is great and there are several lakes within the area to choose from including the river and a few streams.
  • Stayed in a cabin for the weekend. It was a bit dated but clean with sleeping room for 6 on 3 beds. The outhouse was also clean but stocked with thin TP. It was right next to a lake with some good views. You can see some wild life right at the cabin. I got to see many chipmunks, deer, and a hummingbird.

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