Rifle River State Recreation Area

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Rifle River Recreation Area
Map showing the location of Rifle River Recreation Area
Map showing the location of Rifle River Recreation Area
Location within the state of Michigan
Location Lower Peninsula, Ogemaw County, Michigan USA
Nearest city Rose City, Michigan
Coordinates 44°23′28″N 84°01′31″W / 44.39111°N 84.02527°W / 44.39111; -84.02527Coordinates: 44°23′28″N 84°01′31″W / 44.39111°N 84.02527°W / 44.39111; -84.02527
Area 4,449 acres (1,800 ha)
Established 1963
Governing body Michigan Department of Natural Resources
http://www.michigandnr.com/parksandtrails/details.aspx?id=489&type=SPRK

Rifle River Recreation Area is a wilderness located on the upper reaches of the Rifle River within the Au Sable State Forest in Ogemaw County in the U.S. state of Michigan. Covering 4,449 acres (1,800 ha), the area provides a variety of recreational opportunities, including boating, canoeing, hiking, hunting, fishing, cross-country skiing, biking, and swimming.

This area was formerly a private hunting and fishing retreat owned by Harry Mulford Jewett, president of the Paige-Detroit Motor Car Company, for whom the Jewett automobile was named. In 1945 the tract, then called Grousehaven, was purchased by the Michigan Department of Conservation from Mrs. Jewett after her husband's death. The Department of Conservation renamed it the Rifle River Area and used it as a field laboratory for fish and game research. In 1963, the Parks Division acquired the area and it is now known as the Rifle River Recreation Area.

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