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Address: 6249 W River Rd, Glen Arbor, MI 49636
Phone Number:
+1 231-334-4420
10:00 - 17:30
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Thu - Mon 10:00 - 17:30
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

Glen Arbor's original destination for simple, unforgettable adventures....

Glen Arbor's original destination for simple, unforgettable adventures. Nestled in the heart of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Crystal River Outfitters Recreational District has been offering a variety of experiences for the whole family for over 20 years. From kayak trips, SUP and bike rentals to wine tasting and shopping, the district has something for everyone.

Crystal River Outfitters: Glen Arbor's original destination for outdoor adventures. Crystal River Outfitters is the outfitter for kayak, canoe and standup paddleboard rentals. Their kayak and canoe trips offer a fun adventure the whole family can enjoy!

The Cyclery: Glen Arbor's only full-service bike shop, offering year-round bike sales & repairs, cycling gear & apparel, as well as snowshoes and winter accessories. The shop also offers seasonal bike and winter rentals.

M22 Glen Arbor: Featuring the full line of M22 & Love Michigan t-shirts, hats, stickers, hoodies and accessories. The shop also stocks 13 M22 wines, all specially developed for M22 by Black Star Farms. Enjoy a great chat and sample these delicious wines at the laid-back tasting bar.

Coastal: Opening in May 2017! Coastal is Glen Arbor's newest shopping destination for upscale men's & women's clothing, footwear and accessories. Enjoy a casual shopping experience while combing through brands including: Patagonia, Vineyard Vines, Quiksilver Watermans, Olukai, Toms, Carve Designs and more. New styles arriving every season!

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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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 15 September 2016
Valparaiso, Florida
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Valparaiso, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 was a busy, sunny Sunday. The bikes were clean and in very good condition. We... More 

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 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 and in fact, some places you scrape bottom. We had just had rain so I'm... More 

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Arlington Heights, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 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. Lots of sunshine once the sun rose past the tops of all the birch and... More 

Thank Julie W
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 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 drag kayaks across paved road because we were unable to use tunnel, water was too... More 

Thank GlamperGirl2
Westerville, Ohio, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 river. "Shoot the tube" is a very clever way to get kayakers under the road... More 

Thank Kris W
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 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 of our wonderful trip from the store. They are the nicest quality shirts. Thank you!... More 

Thank nacho321
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4 of 5 bubbles 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 long walk! Great time for a reasonable expense if you own a kayak or SUP.... More 

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St Charles, MO
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 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 a small dam and over a road. Our teenagers handled it just fine. Crystal River... More 

Thank badlandsbaby
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 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 and wade, so wear a swimsuit. Awesome family memories! Friendly and courteous!

Thank BookwormMomof2
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2016 via mobile

We started out with reservations which I recommend. Got the kids boats, life jackets and oars. First time kayaking for 1/2 the family. Some were overly confident down the slow and steady river, some went from bank to bank with their own way of getting down the river. Was peaceful, clean water to be in/on. Would do it again. Staff... More 

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