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The River Outfitters is Traverse City's original outdoor adventure company, offering you the opportunity to get outdoors and make some memories. We rent kayaks, bikes, and stand up paddleboards, or you can join a guided or unguided tour. Just know...more
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1910 W South Airport Rd, Traverse City, MI 49686
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I planned this trip last minute hoping it would satisfy my idea of the perfect morning before my wedding day. I’m really glad I made this trip with my family and closest friends. It was better than I had originally hoped. It was dream like

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank hessellc
Reviewed 18 September 2018

We had 8 family members do the tour and we had a blast! Our tour guide was fantastic, funny, knowledgable and strong. We will do it again.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank MugShotPotter
Reviewed 29 August 2018

My wife and I scheduled a Kabrew Tour, mixing biking and kayaking while visiting breweries. Savannah was our guide and she was phenomenal. Due to incoming bad weather out group was small, just the three of us. That gave us time to go at our...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank normancluff
Tawny H, Manager at The River Outfitters, responded to this reviewResponded 1 September 2018

We're so pleased Savannah showed you a great time on our Kabrew Tour, Norman! You can count on us to show you the very best of Michigan paired with some wonderful local breweries. Glad you got in most of the tour before the weather changed!...More

Reviewed 24 August 2018 via mobile

We had booked a guided tour but when we got to the park where we were meeting, we were told that we were the only people going on this tour. The guide suggested that we do a self-guided tour which was significantly cheaper. We opted...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank cmyberns
Tawny H, Owner at The River Outfitters, responded to this reviewResponded 27 August 2018

Thanks for visiting with us! However, we're sorry you had some trouble with the tour. We always want to make sure our friends are well taken care of while they're here, but it sounds like we could've been better communicators. We hope you'll come back...More

Reviewed 13 August 2018 via mobile

We decided to try stand up paddle boarding and the staff here were very helpful to show us how it’s done. Very nice location and the boards were new. They were very accommodating and we were able to rent kayaks and bikes as well. Trails...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Corrneria
Tawny H, Owner at The River Outfitters, responded to this reviewResponded 21 August 2018

Thank you so much for the stars! You have many choices when you visit TC and we are honored that you chose the River Outfitters. We pride ourselves on being flexible and tailoring experiences to meet our friends needs and plans. Best, The River Outfitters

Reviewed 2 August 2018 via mobile

Highly recommend this place. Excellent staff, instruction, and location. I’ve been back several times and consistently wonderful. The owner is invested in making this the best outfitter in the area and she succeeds. This is the perfect place to learn.

Date of experience: August 2018
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Tawny H, Owner at The River Outfitters, responded to this reviewResponded 7 August 2018

Thanks for the stars! Our team works hard to show each of our friends a fun, exciting, and quality experience, so you can always expect just that from every visit. We hope you'll come see us again sometime soon! Best, The River Outfitters

Reviewed 31 July 2018 via mobile

Amazing people, new and nice gear and a spectacular lake to paddle or kayak on. We came early in the day and had the giant lake almost to ourselves sharing only with blue dragonflies, white geese and ducks. Well worth the visit. We will return.More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Tawny H, Manager at The River Outfitters, responded to this reviewResponded 7 August 2018

Thanks for the kind words -- we're so glad you felt so well taken care of by our team! We always do our best to provide a relaxing, fun, and exciting experience for anyone wanting to hit the water. Looking forward to having you back...More

Reviewed 29 July 2018 via mobile

I purchased a Groupon for a half day of kayaking and paddle boarding. The staff was so nice and helped me (the old mom) get up on the paddle board, gave the kids and I tips on how to maneuver and stay standing. It was...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Tawny H, Owner at The River Outfitters, responded to this reviewResponded 7 August 2018

We loved having you and your family for an afternoon of paddleboarding! We love all things SUP and TC! Thanks for giving us a try -- we're so glad you enjoyed your time with us, and we hope you'll come see us again when you're...More

Reviewed 25 July 2018 via mobile

We took the Historical Bike Tour with Jennifer and loved it! The ride was just the right length and not too difficult at all. We learned lots of interesting things about TC. Fun!More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Debbie R
Tawny H, Owner at The River Outfitters, responded to this reviewResponded 7 August 2018

We're glad you enjoyed the tour , Debbie! Our Historical Bike Tour is perfect for any local folks or visitors who wants the inside scoop on all things TC, so it's great to see you had a good time. We hope you'll be back soon...More

Reviewed 22 July 2018 via mobile

Some friends and I did a private KaBrew tour after babysitting the weather radar for a week. The forecast didn’t look promising, but Sean assured us it’d work just fine. True to his word, it sprinkled at the beginning but stopped before we got to...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Olivia v
Tawny H, Owner at The River Outfitters, responded to this reviewResponded 7 August 2018

Thanks for the stars, Olivia! We're so glad the weather turned around -- we can always handle a little drizzle! Shaun’s a great “all things TC” guide, and we're glad you all had such a great time with him. We'll make sure he sees your...More

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We stopped at the Filling Station on the other side of the Boardman Lake before you get to the river. They have awesome unique pizzas. The Burlington Northern Pizza with pear and balsamic reduction is Excellent!!! At... More
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