River View Campground offers canoe trips ranging from 2 hours and up! We can accommodate you whether you need 1 canoe or 300!

Reservations are always recommended and required on weekends.

We feature the best "Old Town Canoes" which are a blue/green composite material. They are very comfortable, quiet on the river, and go over rocks much easier than the traditional aluminum canoes, which we also offer.

While we do our best to honor requests for specific types of canoes (aluminum vs. composite), on high traffic days we may not be able to guarantee a specific type of canoe.

Most of our trips begin with a short shuttle ride up-river to one of our landings. All of our shuttles depart at regularly scheduled times. On busy days we are shuttling many people up river and it is important for canoers to arrive at our bus loading area on time. If you miss your scheduled departure time, you will have to wait until the next shuttle bus that has extra room.

Once you arrive at our up-river landings, your canoes will be set out and ready to go. Just take your pick and you are off!

Trips end at River View Landing which is in the center of our campground. Once you reach the end of your trip, pull your canoes up and your car or campsite is just a short walk away.

If your trip ends down-river from River View Landing, you'll be stopping at one of our partner canoe liveries. We'll be by shortly to pick you and your gear up for the short bus ride back to your car or campsite.

To avoid disappointment, reservations should be made as far in advance as possible. We suggest that you reserve an early morning trip to avoid congestion on the river.

Sunday through Friday is your best choice if you are looking for a peaceful journey down the river, especially if you have small children. Saturdays from Memorial Day through Labor Day are extremely busy on the Rifle River.

There is no time-limit on our river trips, feel free to take as much time as you'd like. Our only guideline is that you must have your canoes back to River View Campground no later than 6pm.

All canoeists are provided with their choice of floatation devices. River View offers standard life-vests, life-jackets and/or cushions. Everyone is required to have one of these devices with them while canoeing on the Rifle River. Children 12 yrs. and under must wear a life preserver at all times!

All of River View Campground's canoes and equipment are inspected annually by the Arenac County Marine Patrol and registered by the State of Michigan.

Rules and Regulations

  • RESERVATIONS: Are recommended and taken Sunday thru Thursday 10:00am-6:00pm (during the regular camping season). During the winter months, our reservation office is closed but returns telephone calls and emails as we receive them.

  • ADVANCE PAYMENTS: Are required to guarantee your reservation and we cannot always guarantee specific campsites. (Reservations made less than 30 days in advance require full payment at the time of reservation.)

  • BALANCE DUE: 30 days prior to your arrival or reservation not guaranteed.

  • PAYMENT: Only cashiers checks, money orders, Master Card, Visa or Discover Cards will be accepted. ABSOLUTELY no personal checks.

  • CANCELLATIONS: Made 30 days prior to your arrival will receive a full refund, less a $15 service charge. There are no refunds if cancellation is made within 30 days of arrival.

  • REFUNDS: Will not be issued due to inclement weather or no-shows.

  • RESPONSIBILITY: You are responsible for your own safety. No liability is accepted by River View Campground & Canoe Livery or its employees.

  • ALCOHOL: Excessive use of alcohol will not be tolerated. Violators will be reported and required to leave the premises. Refunds will not be issued.

  • Pets bringing their responsible owners to River View are welcome. Pets must be attended, kept on a leash and picked up after at all times. Failure to pick up droppings, leaving your pet unattended, excessive barking, or allowing pets to run loose will result in eviction with no refunds being issued. Pets are not allowed in the Bathhouse/Shower buildings at any time. If on the Playground they must be on a leash and attended to at all times. IF YOU ARE GOING ON A RIVER TRIP, YOUR PET MUST GO WITH YOU.

  • River View Campground, it's owners & employees assume no liability in the event of any pet related incident.


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Canoe Trips
Moffatt (Short Trip)
Bussed up river then float back to River View.
Greenwood (Long Trip)
Bussed up river then float back to River View.
*Times are estimates based on average river depths & conditions.
Actual trip times may vary based on how often you stop, and how often you paddle.

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