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Big Bear Adventures

4271 S Straits Hwy, Indian River, MI 49749-9457
+1 231-238-8181
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Awesome tubing

Just got back from 1.5hrs of tubing. It is very dynamic, you must be aware at all times for the... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Joe B
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Ontario, Canada
via mobile
Putt Putt Golf

A cute little putt putt golf course! They do a great job here maintaining the course, and the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
MariaLynO
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For more than 30 years, we have been providing memorable outdoor experiences for guests of all ages and skill levels. Paddle the crystal-clear Sturgeon River (the fastest in Michigan's Lower Peninsula!) on our exciting Canoe, Kayak, Raft and Tube trips. Test your ability while having fun on our 18-Hole Adventure Golf Course, or NEW in Spring 2012 – our Ropes Challenge Course and Bumper Boats! Experience winter's splendor on our unique Guided Winter Raft trips, X-C Ski or Snowshoe rentals. We can accommodate groups of all sizes and Group Packages are available.
  • Excellent43%
  • Very good29%
  • Average11%
  • Poor9%
  • Terrible8%
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“putt putt” (5 reviews)
“bumper boats” (5 reviews)
“ropes course” (6 reviews)
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Hours Today: 09:00 - 21:00
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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4271 S Straits Hwy, Indian River, MI 49749-9457
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+1 231-238-8181
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Just got back from 1.5hrs of tubing. It is very dynamic, you must be aware at all times for the next branch overhanging or log poking up but dont sweat it. It was so serene and picturesque. The river moves fast so don't think you...More

1  Thank Joe B
Pati A, Owner at Big Bear Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Joe- we're so pleased you had a good time while tubing with us! We do try to let you know of the obstacles you will encounter and it looks as though you were up for the challenge and had a great time while doing so!...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

A cute little putt putt golf course! They do a great job here maintaining the course, and the holes each have a different obstacle to overcome. We had fun as a family!

Thank MariaLynO
Pati A, Owner at Big Bear Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Maria- Thanks for taking the time to leave us a review and we appreciate you stopping by. Family memories are the best and we're pleased to have been a part of yours!

Reviewed 1 week ago

Rude. Very Unorganized. The river is terrible. You can guarantee your tube will pop and they will charge you ten dollars for that also(job security I suppose ) . I would recommend Shel-Haven . Very Kind people. We went as a group to big bear...More

Thank brittney3213
Pati A, Owner at Big Bear Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

While everyone has a different level of adventure, we're sorry you didn't have a pleasing experience. It was a hot Saturday and we try our best to get everyone out to the river in a timely manner. As far as popped tubes go, yes of...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We'll definitely be back! We were on our way home from Mackinaw City and happened to see something advertising putt putt. We stopped and were pleasantly surprised! Challenging course with lots of water hazards, obstacles. Our foursome enjoyed it and will be back to check...More

Thank S-FamilyO4
Pati A, Owner at Big Bear Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

We're happy you came by to putt-putt and that you enjoyed your time! We also have rafting, canoeing, bumper boats and much more so we look forward to your return when we can show you all we have to offer!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

First adventure on the Sturgeon River and it was a blast. Laughed so hard we cried! The 2 hour rafting trip is what we done and had a wonderful time, even being new to rafting in a fast current, it slowed at times and we...More

Thank Sharyl S
Pati A, Owner at Big Bear Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Sharyl, thanks for taking the time to leave us a review and we're happy you had a good time! We are always looking for ways to streamline the signup process and so we appreciate you giving us your thoughts and we will for sure take...More

Reviewed 13 June 2017

Did the ropes at Big Bear Adventures. Would be great for kids that are just starting out at doing something like this.More

Thank delorespeterson493
Pati A, Owner at Big Bear Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

We're so happy you came and tried out our ropes course! We have much to offer kids of all ages and appreciate you taking the time to visit us. We hope you come back soon and maybe give the Bumper Boats and Adventure Golf a...More

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Reviewed 3 April 2017 via mobile

Loved this place! Very attractive up north woods theme, clean quiet rooms, nice fire pit outside to gather around and socialize, private but yet close to town, and the host Teresa was awesome! Teresa was always available and helpful in meeting all our needs and...More

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Pati A, Owner at Big Bear Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Looks like you stayed at our sister property The Northwoods Lodge. We're so happy you had a good time and look forward to your return! We also love Teresa and will be sure to let her know how much you appreciated her!

Reviewed 29 September 2016

For many years now our bicycling group has done a ride on Michigan's North Central State Trail from Gaylord, MI to Mackinaw City. We overnight halfway in Indian River. It was always an issue to figure out the logistics of getting the group and our...More

Thank Gary F
Pati A, Owner at Big Bear Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 14 November 2016

Thanks for thinking of us. We appreciate your business and hope you think of us in the future when you may need shuttle service.

Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

Kids and adults would enjoy this trip! We had teens and had a great family day floating down the river in tubes, lots of rapids.

Thank brettmatthews2016
Pati A, Owner at Big Bear Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 30 August 2016

Thanks for visiting and we're happy you had a great time floating down the river!

Reviewed 15 August 2016

We love this section of the river and have used Big Bear Adventures for over 10 years. Unfortunately, the customer service is reliably bad. For the last two years, they have brought the wrong equipment with us to the drop off. Both times, we had...More

Thank Kari W
Pati A, Owner at Big Bear Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 21 November 2016

Sorry we did not meet your expectations and are working hard to make sure everyone has a great time! Sometimes things get hectic during the summer and although we don't intentionally try to miss things that can happen. Hopefully you will think of us again...More

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Kim M
23 July 2016|
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Response from | Property representative |
The river fluctuates due to rain but is normal level at the present time.
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Liz G
24 January 2016|
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Response from Russ1225 | Reviewed this property |
per their web site they have winter raft tours along with ski and snow shoe rentals.
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