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Winter Rafting Trip --> Beautiful Views

Relaxing winter trip down the Sturgeon River with Shawn as our guide. He was very knowledgeable... read more

Reviewed 12 March 2018
Chelsea K
winter adventure guided river raft trip

This 1-1/2+ hour river trip was excellent. Our guide, Leo, was highly skilled in navigating this... read more

Reviewed 25 January 2018
nsz19
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Berkeley Heights, New Jersey
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For more than 30 years, we have been providing memorable outdoor experiences for guests of all ages and skill levels. Paddle the crystal-clear Sturgeon River (the fastest in Michigan's Lower Peninsula!) on our exciting Canoe, Kayak, Raft and Tube trips. Test your ability while having fun on our 18-Hole Adventure Golf Course, or NEW in Spring 2012 – our Ropes Challenge Course and Bumper Boats! Experience winter's splendor on our unique Guided Winter Raft trips, X-C Ski or Snowshoe rentals. We can accommodate groups of all sizes and Group Packages are available.
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4271 S Straits Hwy, Indian River, MI 49749-9457
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Reviewed 12 March 2018

Relaxing winter trip down the Sturgeon River with Shawn as our guide. He was very knowledgeable about the area and navigated the river very well. Depending on the people in your trip, you will not paddle with only 2 people but if you have a...More

Thank Chelsea K
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Pati A, Owner at Big Bear Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 13 March 2018

We are thrilled you had a good time! It's nice when nature puts on a show. Thanks for taking the time to leave a review!

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Reviewed 25 January 2018

This 1-1/2+ hour river trip was excellent. Our guide, Leo, was highly skilled in navigating this beautiful, swift river and was very attentive to us. The surrounding woods were covered in glistening white snow.. Herds of whitetail deer flanked the river banks, sprinting and leaping...More

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Pati A, Owner at Big Bear Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 26 January 2018

Wow - You should be a writer! (maybe you would like a job working for us for our advertising?!) Thank you so much for such a detailed, vivid description of your experience. We're thrilled you had a wonderful time!

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Reviewed 24 September 2017 via mobile

A lot of fun river rafting the sturgeon! Would highly recommended for all ages and skill levels! Was a little hesitant at first because we knew the sturgeon was the fastest River in lower Michigan. But was not bad at all and very refreshing on...More

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Pati A, Owner at Big Bear Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 2 October 2017

It's been a crazy hot fall and we are happy you got to take advantage of our Indian summer! Thanks for visiting!

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Reviewed 2 September 2017

We always feel so welcomed and taken care of at Big Bear. The kids in my group this year were ranging in ages 3-11 and all had so much fun! From rafting down the Sturgeon River, bumper boats, put-put, and even the high ropes course...More

Thank Stephanie S
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Pati A, Owner at Big Bear Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 14 September 2017

Stephanie, thanks so much for taking the time to write a review and we love that you are a repeat customer! We look forward to you visiting us again in the future!

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Reviewed 31 August 2017

The raft was the right answer for our family. The river is all that is described by the employees and a bit more. Fast, cold, narrow, logs and low branches make it a very challenging trip down the river, but fun to just take it...More

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Pati A, Owner at Big Bear Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 14 September 2017

Thanks so much for your insightful review! We love that you took our recommendation as first timers and had a great time! We look forward to you visiting us again in the future!

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Reviewed 15 August 2017

This was our first time trying this out and now that we had the experience I would have to say that it is not as easy as it sounds. The river is very fast and there is a lot of deadwood and debris that you...More

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Pati A, Owner at Big Bear Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 14 September 2017

We usually recommend the shorter 1.5 hour trip for anyone who has never done the river as it is a little bit easier section to navigate ( I'm sure you noticed the last half was easier than the first) We appreciate your business and hope...More

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Reviewed 10 August 2017

Went here with my wife, daughters, son in law and grand children. We all played miniature golf and had a ball! This is located right across the street from Burt Lake State Park and they have plenty of other activities for the family. Highly recommend!More

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Pati A, Owner at Big Bear Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 14 September 2017

We are so happy you all had a good time! We remodeled the golf course last year and are happy to hear that you enjoyed the fruits of our labor! We hope you come back and check out all our other activities in the future...More

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Reviewed 9 August 2017

My family and friends spent a very hot summer afternoon floating down the Sturgeon River on tubes. What a great way to cool off! Big Bear provides your transportation to the starting point, loading and unloading your tubes. Our driver was very friendly and she...More

Thank jill k
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Pati A, Owner at Big Bear Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 14 September 2017

We are so happy you had great time and appreciate you taking the time to leave such a detailed review so others can benefit from your knowledge. We look forward to you visiting us again in the future! Tubing in the summer is one of...More

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Reviewed 6 August 2017 via mobile

First let me preface by saying that every single year we do a raft or canoe trip as a family. Usually in Mio on the Ausable river with Hinchman Acres. This year they were booked so we tried out Big Bear Adventures. Never again. First...More

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Pati A, Owner at Big Bear Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 14 September 2017

We have read your review in its entirety and just want to address that we feel strongly your expectations were very unrealistic from the beginning. You are correct in saying the Sturgeon is nothing like the AuSable River. We do warn everyone about the potential...More

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Reviewed 31 July 2017

We had a group of 7, three moms and four young kids, for a one hour raft trip. The initial "meeting" with a "River Specialist" did not leave a good impression -- she recited her script (clearly bored to tears) without a smile and ended...More

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Pati A, Owner at Big Bear Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 14 September 2017

First, thanks for taking the time to let us know how you experience was. We know our employees have a big responsibility in letting you know what the river trip entails and repeating this day in and day out can be mundane. We are trying...More

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Sam M
22 August 2017|
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Response from mehandcompany | Reviewed this property |
There is no weight limit that I know if. The river is very fast and there is a lot of submerged debris all over the river. It has a lot of trees and things sticking out of the water. It can be dangerous at times.
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Kim M
23 July 2016|
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Response from Pati A | Property representative |
The river fluctuates due to rain but is normal level at the present time.
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Liz G
24 January 2016|
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Response from Russ1225 | Reviewed this property |
per their web site they have winter raft tours along with ski and snow shoe rentals.
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