RIFLE RIVER RECREATION AREA
Over 4,000 acres with streams and ten scenic lakes. A modern 75 site partially shaded and mostly grassy campground features a swimming beach, playground and boat launch. Three rustic campgrounds with 99 campsites. Rustic trailside cabins. Observation tower, picnicking, fishing, ice fishing, boating, canoeing, hunting or trapping, wildlife viewing and sports areas. 14 miles of pathways meandering throughout the park offering hiking, biking, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Snowmobiling is available at the nearby AuSable River Scenic Byway.
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.
Rifle River Grousehaven-Modern(800) 447-2757 75 site(s)Electrical Service, Modern Restrooms
Rifle River-Devoe Lake Rustic(800) 447-2757 58 site(s)Boat Launch, Rustic Site, Swimming, Vault Toilet
Rifle River-Group Use Area(989) 473-2258 Group Use Area, Vault Toilet
Rifle River-Ranch Rustic(800) 447-2575 25 site(s)Rustic Site, Vault Toilet
Rifle River-Rustic Cabins(800) 447-2757 5 site(s)Vault Toilet
Rifle River-Spruce Rustic(800) 447-2757Rustic Site, Vault Toilet
Canoe launching sites are located in several places along the Rifle River in the park.
For the fishing enthusiasts, ten scenic lakes offer all types of fishing. Fisheries research is being conducted on Jewett Lake. This lake is closed to fishing without a permit which is available at park headquarters. All lakes are closed to boats with motors.