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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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Family kayaking

We decided to do some kayaking as a last-minute deal to entertain the kids. Fourth of July is... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Cincinnati, Ohio
Fun Kayak Adventure

The company is very well organized -- you pay for your trip, they load you up in a van with the... read more

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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 yesterday

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 3 days ago

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 3 days ago 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 6 days ago 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 1 week ago

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 2 weeks ago

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 weeks ago 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 3 weeks ago 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
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The kayak adventure was so nice! Beautiful scenery! Very friendly staff. Planning on going back next year. Good for all ages. A must do.

Thank Dsben
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

So glad we decided on the kayak tour, absolutely beautiful scenery. Water is not high so we never were worried about the kids and my 11 year old did great in her own kayak. It was definitely 2-3 hours but even my mom said she'd...More

Thank Tracy B
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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