Rifle River Recreation Area

This trail is good for Hiking Biking XC Skiing

  • Length: 14.14 mi
  • Surface: Dirt, Sand, Boardwalk, Wetarea, Gravel, Turf, Two-track
  • Bike Type: Mountain
  • Organization: Michigan DNR
  • Trail Website: michigandnr.com

The Rifle River Recreation Area is located approximately five miles east of Rose City in Ogemaw County. There are more than ten miles of streams and river here, as well as ten lakes and ponds. Fourteen miles of hiking/biking trails begin at the campground; many of these trails are groomed for skiers. This site also showcases a wide variety of habitat types, including upland hardwood and pine forest, open grassland, lowland forest, cedar swamp, bog, marsh, and open water. There is also excellent opportunities to view unique waterfowl at this site. The huge trumpeter swan, Michigan’s largest bird, may be seen on any of the lakes. Loons usually nest on Grebe Lake in the spring. Please view both of these rare birds from a distance and do not disturb them, especially during breeding season. A scenic overlook from the Lodge Hill will delight viewers with a bird’s eye view of the area. In May, the trail offers wonderful wildflower viewing. Look for Indian paintbrush, cardinal flower, several types of lady’s slippers, and others.               


Note: Not all sections of each trail are approved for every activity listed for the trail as a whole. Please click on individual trail sections to see approved activities for that section.

Map Legend

  • Trail Head
  • Historical Site
  • Beach
  • Natural Feature
  • Campground
  • Park
  • Cultural Interest
  • Scenic View
  • Educational Interest
  • Visitor Center
  • Emergency Care
  • Water Access
  • Fishing
  • Wildlife or Nature Viewing
  • Trail Friendly Business

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