Outdoor Activities

Explore everything Northern Michigan has to offer!

Summer Activities

Play on the Sturgeon River!

With an average descent of 14 feet per mile, the Sturgeon River is the overall fastest river in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula! Not whitewater, but exciting and challenging with its quick and often tricky current, along with leaning trees, stumps, and logs (especially when navigating through numerous narrow passages and sharp turns!) The current does most of the work, but it’s up to you and/or your partner(s) to maneuver your watercraft down the crystal-clear, spring-fed stream, as it winds its way mostly through beautiful state forest. The average depth is 3-4 feet, however, there are deeper pools that can reach 5-8 feet, usually around the outside of bends. Plan on getting wet as many of our guests take an unplanned "refreshing" dunk! (approximately 80% tip-over rate for canoes/kayaks on longer trips, 0% for Rafts) Various types of paddlers can enjoy this exhilarating adventure as long as close attention is paid to the type of equipment used as well as the sectionand/or length of the river trip. We recommend Rafts, Tubes, and Cats for families, beginners, and/or less experienced paddlers. We recommend Canoes and Kayaks for more experienced and/or more adventurous paddlers.

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Adventure Golf

Test your ability on Northern Michigan’s most challenging 18-Hole Adventure Golf Course! With 11 water hazards, Big Bear is sure to test the most avid golfer. Have fun as you play over and around thundering waterfalls, bubbling streams, and natural rock – all on a beautiful, forested hillside. Wind your way through the twists and turns, watch out for the swinging log, and be careful not to spook the grizzly fishing for salmon in the stream! Tiptoe through our darkened cave and don’t miss our mounted, 8 foot tall World Record Alaskan Brown Bear!

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Big Bear Adventure Ropes Course

Brace yourself for an exciting adventure! The course features 11 different elements that require balance, dexterity, and focus to conquer, like swinging steps, "tremor bridge", tightrope walk, and vertical angle stairs.

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Bumper Boats

The hottest and coolest bumper boats are here! This exciting ride could easily be called the "Stealth" bumper boat as it features an ultra-quiet, 24-volt electric motor. The only sounds you’ll hear are splashing, laughter, and people having fun! Have a blast while battling your friends with squirters attached to the boats!

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Winter Activities

Cross Country Ski Rental

Discover the exhilaration of gliding over the snow on a well-groomed trail along rolling, wooded terrain & dense pine forest. Set your own pace from a relaxing adventure with friends and family to your own desired level of workout. A wonderful, low-impact activity for the young to young at heart!

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Snowshoe Adventures

Strap on a pair of today’s lightweight snowshoes and you’ll quickly see why snowshoeing has become one of the fastest growing winter sports. An incredible, fun, simple, and healthy way to access and enjoy the outdoors in wintertime! If you can walk, you can snowshoe! Great fun for the entire family!

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Winter Rafting Trips

Experience the breathtaking beauty and solitude of winter, while floating beneath a canopy of cedars and pines covered with freshly fallen snow. Since 2001, our knowledgeable staff has been guiding Rafts down the crystal-clear Sturgeon River on a fun and narrative 1½ hr trip, offering an excellent opportunity to see wildlife in their natural habitat.

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