Rifle River Travel Planner

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Park Overview

This area was formerly a private hunting and fishing retreat owned by the late H.M. Jewett, a pioneer auto manufacturer. In 1945 the tract, then called Grousehaven, was purchased by the Department of Conservation from Mrs. Jewett. 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.

This was another beautiful fall day with temperatures in the 70’s, blue skies and the trees showing their full array of colors.

The headwaters of the Rifle River are found in the recreation area, and in these largely undeveloped conditions of the park, the river holds designation as a Natural River and is protected under the Natural Rivers Act.

If you love the outdoors and all the things that can be done in it you will love this area.

Rifle River Recreation Area at
West Branch/Ogemaw County TVB

Rifle River Recreation Area at
DNR website

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