Rifle River

Alger, Michigan 48610

Rifle River

Rifle River Professional Review and Guide

"Both canoeists and tubers flock to this attractive, easygoing northern river on summer weekends. The Rifle River is one of the most popular streams in the entire state on summer weekends. It possesses a mild current, long sections of sandy riverbed, and plentiful swimming holes, all of which make the stream a good option for families and other groups looking for an undemanding float. The Rifle is also attractive, winding past pretty woodlands, summer cottages, and quiet farm fields for much of its length as it makes its way to its outlet at Saginaw Bay. And finally, it is easily accessible.

Access spots are numerous, and liveries have sprouted all along the stream’s length, making it easy for vacationers to organize trips that can range in length from a few hours to a couple of days. All of these factors create flotillas of rental canoes and inner tubes on summer holidays and June-through-August weekends. This state of affairs will undoubtedly delight some folks and irritate others, depending on their personal tastes. Midweek and off-season excursions, on the other hand, offer the prospect of a much quieter paddling experience."

Rifle River Reviews

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We tubed from the M55 bridge to Troll Landing Livery. It was the worst. Not for beginners. Water too shallow to even float, walked a lot of this part of the river. Too many obstacles and water too tooo shallow. Ended with many bumps bruises and abrasions. Second day went to White's Livery on Greenwood Road. Tubed from Kenneth Road public access to Greenwood. Excellent part of the river to tube or canoe. Water was much deeper and had only a couple of tough spots. Either trip should be tubed singly not tied up as a group. I would not recommend the M55 to Troll Landing to anyone ever.

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Skill Level
15 - 20 hours
Class I
Best May to October
Au Sable State Forest, Rifle River Recreation Area
Local Contacts
USGS Selkirk, Skidway Lake, Sterling, Omer SW, Standish NE
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