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Address: 4271 S Straits Hwy, Indian River, MI 49749-9457
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+1 231-238-8181
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 21:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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For more than 30 years, we have been providing memorable outdoor...

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.

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The 2 1/2 hours a bit too long with a ten year old and a 14 year old but fun had by all. Water they say is spring fed and a whooping 52 degrees. We got used to it quickly and was... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 23 July 2016
sdechamp
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Pinckney, Michigan
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Bay City, Michigan
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11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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 bicycles back to our cars. We are so fortunate to have found that Big Bear... More 

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Thank Gary F
Pati A, Owner at Big Bear Adventures, responded to this review

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

Oshkosh
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43 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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.

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Thank brettmatthews2016
Pati A, Owner at Big Bear Adventures, responded to this review

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

Riverview, Michigan
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6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles 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 to live with it and there was no compensation. The last time, August 8th, i... More 

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Thank Kari W
Pati A, Owner at Big Bear Adventures, responded to this review

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 next summer and we can try to make sure you have an exceptionally good time! More 

Hastings, Minnesota
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61 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2016

My teenage daughters and I took a raft down the river. There are alot of obstacles you need to maneuver around and under. It's great because you have to work as a team! The water was not very deep, so there was no concern there. I think it would be pretty hard to tip the raft over. Some of it... More 

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Pati A, Owner at Big Bear Adventures, responded to this review

Thanks for taking time to visit and review us! We love the fact you had a good time and hope you were on of the ones who got to relax and enjoy the scenery ;) More 

Clio, Michigan
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10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2016

On August 8, 2016 our group had planned on going to Mackinaw Island, but decided to skip that and go tubing on the Sturgeon River instead. This was the first time any of us had experienced tubing on a faster river. The girls who registered us were very friendly and did tell us it was a fast moving river with... More 

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Chicago
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140 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2016 via mobile

Great time on the river. Trevor's was our guide and we went on the "high river" run which is more adventurous. We had a very good time. Got plenty wet and had a great deal of fun. Definitely recommend.

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Hudsonville, Michigan
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28 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2016 via mobile

Yes, this is a quick and narrow river with many down trees. We it to be enjoyable with our teenaged daughters. The staff was friendly and very helpful in answering questions.

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Thank Lance B
Pati A, Owner at Big Bear Adventures, responded to this review

Great to hear you spent some family time with us on the river and we're happy you enjoyed yourselves. It's not always easy to find things that teenagers and parents can both enjoy! Come back and see us again soon! More 

Ann Arbor, Michigan
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22 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2016

Great time tubing on the Sturgeon. We are in our late 60"s and decided to go tubing. The Sturgeon is the fastest moving river in the lower peninsula and in late July the water temp was 57 degrees. Wear a bathing suit and water shoes. You are taken via a van to the drop off point and given your tube.... More 

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1 Thank loveland46
Pati A, Owner at Big Bear Adventures, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your review! We try very hard to make sure everyone has a good time and enjoys themselves and it looks like you did! More 

Pinckney, Michigan
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9 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2016 via mobile

The 2 1/2 hours a bit too long with a ten year old and a 14 year old but fun had by all. Water they say is spring fed and a whooping 52 degrees. We got used to it quickly and was actually refreshing.

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1 Thank sdechamp
Pati A, Owner at Big Bear Adventures, responded to this review

Happy you had a good time! We usually recommend the shorter trip for your first timers but sounds like you made the most of it! Come see us again soon. More 

Fort Wayne, Indiana
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16 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2016

We went canoeing and had a wonderful time. My husband, our 3 1/2 year old, and I were on one canoe, my parents on another, and my sisters (21 and 18) on the other. Our family has gone white water rafting numerous times so we loved the speed of the river and "obstacles" i.e. branches, turns, and ducking under tree... More 

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Thank Nickiole
Pati A, Owner at Big Bear Adventures, responded to this review

We are thrilled that you and your family had a good time on the river! We work diligently with our staff to make sure they are trained in making sure the adventure meets the needs of the guests. We always let people know its a challenging river but it seems you were all up for the adventure and again we... More 

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