Rifle River

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Rifle River
River
Country United States
State Michigan
Counties Ogemaw, Arenac
Cities Selkirk, Omer
Source
 - location Ogemaw County, Michigan, United States
 - coordinates 44°23′58″N 84°01′57″W / 44.39944°N 84.03250°W / 44.39944; -84.03250
Mouth Saginaw Bay
 - location Arenac County, Michigan, United States
 - elevation 577 ft (176 m)
 - coordinates 43°59′34″N 83°49′15″W / 43.99278°N 83.82083°W / 43.99278; -83.82083Coordinates: 43°59′34″N 83°49′15″W / 43.99278°N 83.82083°W / 43.99278; -83.82083
Length 60 mi (97 km)
Basin 385 sq mi (997 km2)
Discharge for Saginaw Bay
 - average 181 cu ft/s (5 m3/s)
Rifle River Map US MI.svg

Rifle River is a 60.3-mile-long (97.0 km)[1] river in the U.S. state of Michigan. It rises in northeastern Ogemaw County and flows through Arenac County to enter Saginaw Bay of Lake Huron.[2] Once a logging river during the Michigan forestry boom at the turn of the 20th century, the river is now primarily used for recreation, and is a state-designated natural river. It is a popular river for canoeing, with no portages or dams and an average depth of 18 inches, to 5 feet in downtown Omer. It is also known for having one of the best White Sucker (Catostomus commersonii) runs in the state of Michigan, in the spring.

According to a historical map of Michigan originally published in 1831, the Rifle River may have previously been referred to as Grindstone Creek.[3]
According to a historical map of Michigan originally published in 1831, the Rifle River may have previously been referred to as Grindstone Creek.[3]

Canoe liveries serving the Rifle River[edit]

Springs form small creeks - like this one - that run into and feed the Rifle River.

Several private canoe operators provide equipment rental and transportation for river trips along the Rifle River.

[Twining, Mi] Whispering Pines Campground and Canoe Livery. http://www.michigan.org/property/whispering-pines-campground-and-canoe-livery/

Sterling, MI (Central portion of the Rifle River - Most Popular)

Omer, MI (Lower portion of the Rifle River)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey. National Hydrography Dataset high-resolution flowline data. The National Map Archived 2012-04-05 at WebCite, accessed November 7, 2011
  2. ^ "Rifle River". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 
  3. ^ Michigan State University Map Library

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