Rifle River State Recreation Area
|Rifle River Recreation Area|
Location within the state of Michigan
|Location||Lower Peninsula, Ogemaw County, Michigan USA|
|Nearest city||Rose City, Michigan|
|Area||4,449 acres (1,800 ha)|
|Governing body||Michigan Department of Natural Resources|
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.
Rifle River Recreation Area offers 75 modern sites with electricity and modern shower house. Three rustic campgrounds with a total of 99 rustic campsites with vault toilets as well as rustic cabins.
All lakes and waterways encompassed within Rifle River State Recreation Area are closed to boats with motors. Devoe Lake, Grousehaven Lake, Grebe Lake, and Lodge Lake are open to fishing. Jewett Lake is restricted to catch and release fishing with no live bait. Fisheries research has been conducted on thirteen acre Jewett Lake starting in 1945 and has continued to present day.
Bluegills, bass, northern pike, yellow perch and trout can be found in Devoe, Grousehaven, Lodge, and Grebe Lakes. Brook, brown and rainbow trout are present throughout the many miles of streams in the recreation area.
- Schneider, James (30 October 1997). "Synopsis of 50 Years of Warmwater Fish Community Experiments at Jewett Lake" (PDF). Michigan Department of Natural Resources Fisheries Research Report (2021, 1997). Retrieved 26 February 2017.
- Rifle River Recreation Area, Michigan Department of Natural Resources
- Rifle River Natural River Plan, May 1980, revised March 12, 2002, Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Fisheries Division
- Rifle River Recreation Area Protected Planet (World Database on Protected Areas)
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