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Big Bear Adventures

Big Bear Adventures

Big Bear Adventures in Northern Michigan

Big Bear Adventures in Northern Michigan


For more than 50 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 Raft, Tube, and Kayak trips. Take a ride on our Guided SxS Tours and experience winter’s splendor on our unique Guided Winter Raft trips. We can accommodate groups of all sizes and group packages are available.


a bedroom with a large bed in a hotel room


Northwoods Lodge is a unique log lodge in a peaceful setting in the beautiful resort area of Indian River, Michigan; located 1.5 miles north of Big Bear. With only 15 rooms, this award-winning lodge offers you the quaintness of a Bed & Breakfast with the privacy of a motel. All recently renovated rooms are “Northwoods” themed and include log furniture, wildlife art, and continental breakfast. Lodging Packages available.


We made memories we'll never forget

What a blast! My friend came up to visit from downstate Michigan, and we were looking for something fun and something outdoors to do. We decided to book an ATV adventure with Big Bear. It was money well spent. Big Bear provided sanitized helmets, goggles and bandanas to wear. We brought our own bandanas because we wanted to wear pink but I appreciated the extra effort on their behalf. While we were waiting for our ride, the staff running the tubing adventures, were so efficient. They were unloading passengers and sanitizing the vans before loading another group, they were still moving quickly and intentionally. Our guide, Raph, was excellent, he explained everything very well, was kind and patient. It was very much appreciated because I had never driven a side by side before. Raph took us on some amazing trails, we stopped at Weber Lake and enjoyed the water and scenery. We made memories we'll never forget. I have a girls weekend planned in July and we have already reserved our spot for another adventure. Thanks Raph!

– Katelyn G, Yelp
Please choose big bear for your next up north adventure!!!

Big bear was the best up north adventure! They were so nice and personable. Felt like I was family. The girls up front were so personable, subway was super fresh, and the rafting trip was SO much fun. You have to go float down the river with big bear. If you get the chance the side by sides were even more epic. Scott was awesome he was very happy to assist us on our side by side adventure. Please choose big bear for your next up north adventure!!!

– Katy K, Yelp
It was a blast!

Went kayaking and atv riding and holy smokes it was a blast! Raph was our trail guide person and he was flipping amazing, he definitely made our experience an amazing one! Would definitely go 2 tracking again!!!

– Ashlei D, Google
Dress warm and enjoy the river

It was a cold day--my husband and I layered up and had a great time. We shared the tour with several travel photographers. The river is peaceful, majestic, and unique it flows north! We saw wildlife including a bald eagle flying overhead, a few deer running through the trees, a flock of Malard ducks and the handiwork of beavers. There were fallen trees that you had to protect your head from a few times, but that only showed the true natural beauty and the work the team has to do to share this wonderful river in every season. A unique experience I would recommend for couples, families or groups.

– Michele, TripAdvisor
Great raft ride, great guide!

Took the winter raft trip and had a great time. Scenery was gorgeous. Our guide was Sean and he was fantastic!! Can't wait to come back and enjoy the river in the summer.

– kmb1509, TripAdvisor
Guided river rafting excursion

We had a beautiful early Spring day down the river with our guide Rafe.He was extremely knowledgeable and a great sense of humor.Scenery was mazing.Will definitely do again.

– Tom L, TripAdvisor
Becoming an Annual Tradition!

3rd time doing a river trip at Big Bear Adventures and it never disappoints! Staff is super friendly, accommodating, and informative. Nice van ride over to the drop off spot. We did the 3hr trip with the sit-on kayaks, which were in great condition. Definitely a fun, challenging river with plenty of stops to take a break from paddling. None of us tipped over in our group of 4 but we consider ourselves experienced kayakers and found some parts of the river tricky at times. Afterwards we did the 18-hole putt putt course which was really fun and unique. Overall, a great and enjoyable experience at Big Bear Adventures! Can’t wait to go again!

– Savannah W., TripAdvisor