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Crystal River Outfitters Recreational District

6249 W River Rd, Glen Arbor, MI 49636
+1 231-334-4420
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First time on the river!

We normally kayak other places but thought we play it safe with a canoe since we weren't dressed... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Sherry L
Saginaw, Michigan
via mobile
Bike rental

We rented hybrid bikes to ride the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail 2 days. Brad took our reservation... read more

Reviewed 15 September 2016
Valparaiso, Florida
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  • Average1%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible2%
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
6249 W River Rd, Glen Arbor, MI 49636
+1 231-334-4420
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We normally kayak other places but thought we play it safe with a canoe since we weren't dressed appropriately. We tried the half trip which was about 1 1/2 hrs with one portage up over the highway. We loved the way the river twists &...More

Thank Sherry L
Reviewed 15 September 2016

We rented hybrid bikes to ride the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail 2 days. Brad took our reservation over the phone, and then called ahead on that day to confirm when to have the bikes ready. The rental process was quick and efficient, even though it...More

Thank kelly053
Reviewed 5 September 2016

This is a beautiful and easy river to kayak, although there are two portages. Three, if you don't want to "shoot the tube," - travel through a large culvert underneath the road. The staff is very friendly and accommodating. The River is actually very shallow...More

1  Thank Aunt_Pam
Reviewed 27 August 2016

The staff was very patient and efficient. We were taken by van to a drop off point and helped into our kayaks. The rest of the trip was absolutely fantastic! Gorgeous water and views of the landscape as we gently floated down the meandering stream....More

Thank Julie W
Reviewed 20 August 2016 via mobile

Pretty paddle trip with the trees and sounds of nature. Water is crystal clear and very shallow, but we moved along fine without much work. Best part: flowing through a tunnel under the road. One spot you do have to get out of water and...More

Thank GlamperGirl2
Reviewed 9 August 2016

This was my favorite vacation activity! The kayaking is an easy paddle downstream. Water levels were low in late July, but only grounded once. Portaging across the road was the worst part, (easy) but well worth the effort to be able to kayak this beautiful...More

Thank Kris W
Reviewed 8 August 2016 via mobile

Such a beautiful river!! The staff was so friendly and helpful in all of their suggestions and instructions! They are a young staff but very knowledgeable and hardworking! Even the gals at the register and in the store were very kind! We even bought T-shirts...More

Thank nacho321
Reviewed 8 August 2016 via mobile

Paddled the Crystal amongst many kayakers. River has many shallow areas but not difficult to navigate though may require exit at times (note: very dry summer). Short trip with several easy portages and duration 2.5 hrs. Crystal River Outfitters provided return transport saving me a...More

Thank GUS0611
Reviewed 7 August 2016 via mobile

The Crystal River is a beautiful clear River but pretty shallow in a few spots. We did this trip in two and a half hours. Not a tough route except for two portages where you have to get your kayak out of the water around...More

Thank badlandsbaby
Reviewed 2 August 2016 via mobile

We had such a fun time kayaking down the river with my 9 and 11 year old. We are all novices but were easily able to maneuver the kayaks along the river. The river was very shallow in places and we had to get out...More

Thank BookwormMomof2
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