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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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Kayaking with the salmon😊

Never thought about doing this, but it was happily suggested to me by a couple who had just done it... read more

Reviewed 19 September 2017
Crawford B
Middlesboro, Kentucky
Good family fun!

Booked a reservation for a group of 9 including 5 kids under 10. Everyone had a great time. My 10... read more

Reviewed 5 September 2017
Jackson, MI
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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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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
6249 W River Rd, Glen Arbor, MI 49636
+1 231-334-4420
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Reviewed 19 September 2017

Never thought about doing this, but it was happily suggested to me by a couple who had just done it . I'd like to thank them. Never thought I'd see the salmon swiming upriver, much less be in the river with them! River is slow...More

Thank Crawford B
Reviewed 5 September 2017

Booked a reservation for a group of 9 including 5 kids under 10. Everyone had a great time. My 10 year old was easily able to maneuver her single kayak and had a ball. Shoot the tube fun for all! You don't have to make...More

Thank Janiemac11
Reviewed 18 August 2017

We decided to do some kayaking as a last-minute deal to entertain the kids. Fourth of July is always busy but they managed to squeeze us in. We did the half river trip (didn't know how long the attention spans of the kids would be...More

Thank The_Coach_513
Reviewed 17 August 2017

The company is very well organized -- you pay for your trip, they load you up in a van with the kayaks on a trailer, drive you to the launch, give you instructions and you're on your way. We are novice kayakers, but we were...More

Thank acedaughter
Reviewed 17 August 2017 via mobile

Spur of the moment bike repair performed quickly and with a smile. Very fair price. Cheaper than most shops back home.

Thank Semperveritas1192
Reviewed 13 August 2017 via mobile

Beautiful! Water is crystal clear, although very shallow at points. We got stuck several times. Not much of a current so be prepared to paddle. Shooting the tube was neat, where you ride your kayak through a drain tunnel. Don't worry, you won't tip or...More

Thank Jrcsparks
Reviewed 7 August 2017

We rode into town to stop for lunch and my daughter got a flat tire. We took it there and within minutes they had installed a new tube and fixed what caused the flat. Very friendly and helpful in suggesting places to visit while we...More

Thank Tcincy
Reviewed 6 August 2017

This was our first kayaking adventure, and it was perfect! Crystal River is gorgeous, crystal clear, and shallow, making for a picturesque scene while slowly moving down the river. It took our family 2 hours to come down the river in single kayaks, which was...More

Thank Natalie L
Reviewed 2 August 2017 via mobile

The staff was very helpful and accommodating for us first time kayakers! We had such a great time traveling through the Crystal River. We had 2 ten year olds with us that enjoyed the 1.5 hour trip. They wanted to go back again and do...More

Thank Dee c
Reviewed 28 July 2017 via mobile

The Crystal River is a great river to bring friends and family as it is a pretty slow current (unless the river is at a high point). There is a sign at one of the put-in points that indicates if the river is high, medium...More

Thank lauragatz
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Chuck K
8 July 2017|
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Response from Heather K | Reviewed this property |
You will probably get wet, between taking your boat in and out of the water at the portages and the water that collects inside the boat. You'll want to wear either a swim suit or clothes that can get wet. It is an extremely... More