Michigander City Spotlight: Indian River

Michigander 2012 tours northern Michigan and all its glory. The two and seven day options begin in Indian River, which is one of those places in Michigan that compels you to appreciate the beauty of nature and allows you to take advantage of its recreational possibilities.

Located a mere 25 miles south of Mackinaw City, Indian River lies between two of the state’s largest lakes—Mullet Lake and Burt Lake. Watersports abound on these waves and the lakes offer a perfect opportunity to boat, sail and fish in fresh water. Spend a day at Burt Lake’s sandy beachfront at DeVoe Public Beach or watch the sun set over miles of clear, serene waves at beautiful Burt Lake State Park.

Indian River is at the axis for Michigan’s longest inland waterway, which includes the three rivers (Indian, Cheboygan, and Crooked) and four lakes (Mullet, Burt, Crooked and Pickerel). Take a rafting trip down the most challenging river in the Lower Peninsula, the Sturgeon River, which flows into Burt Lake. Or experience a tamer version along several of the other rivers nearby by canoe, kayak, raft, or tube.

For those more land-bound, you can camp and explore the surrounding woodlands on your own time or allow the local experts to show you the way. Indian River Outfitters offers wilderness classes and tours into the Pigeon backwoods as well a chance to camp, canoe, kayak, or hunt or practice your accuracy on a 3-D archery range.

Walk west along the boardwalk of the Indian River for a mix of exercise and relaxation ending with scenic views of Burt Lake or take a journey along the many hiking or biking trails nearby, including one of the featured trails on the Michigander—the North Central State Trail.

Last but certainly not least visit the Cross in the Woods National Shrine, a 31-foot tall wooden cross and bronze figure of Jesus Christ, located only 2 minutes from downtown.

Indian River is a great place for the hidden adventurer in us all. Take the area by land or by sea and see why Indian River is “Pure Waters. Pure Trails. Pure North.”


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