Muskegon River Spend a Day Rafting the Muskegon River
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Spend a Day Rafting the Muskegon River

When it comes to summer MI things to do, being out on the water, is one of the top activities. A favorite place to go is the Muskegon River, where you can rent a raft or a canoe and enjoy a lazy day out in the sunshine floating along. 

The Muskegon River is located in the western part of Michigan. It passes through several counties, including Muskegon, Newaygo, Mecosta, Clare, and Osceola. The river runs southwest and empties into Muskegon Lake. 

Like many other streams found throughout Michigan, the Muskegon River was once a logging river. If you look closely as you are floating by, you can still see some of the spring logging runs found throughout the bottom of the river. 

Best Places to Raft the Muskegon

J & J’s River run, located in Evart, MI, is one of the top places to get on a raft and start your journey down this lazy and gorgeous river. Here you can schedule your own trip or hop on one of the anytime trips when you arrive. J & Js River Run offers canoes, kayaks, and tubes with trips running from as short as two hours and longer trips that last up to five and a half hours. Every trip includes transportation to the drop-off site and back to your car as well as life vests. 

There is nothing quite like enjoying the Muskegon River during the warm summer months. Along your route, you are likely to see all types of wildlife enjoying the warm river waters, and if you are creating a MI bucket list, taking one of these relaxing trips down the river should be at the top of your list. 

More Outdoor Things to Do Near Evart

Another great outdoor activity in Osceola is the Pere Marquette State Forest. Here you will find many great trails available for hiking and biking.

Just west of Evart, you will find The Manistee National Forest. This large area stretches all the way to the Lake Michigan shores.

The Manistee River Trail is an excellent escape from the world as you hike through the forest and become one with nature. While you are there, make sure that you keep an eye out for the Kirtland’s warbler. This bird is an endangered species that has started to re-establish itself throughout the jack pines in the forest. 

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Best Places to Eat in Osceola County

After spending a day on the river or in the forest, you will want to eat. There are some wonderful restaurants located throughout Osceola County that you will want to check out. 

Sixth & Main Bar and Grill is located near the starting point of your rafting trip. Here you will find a great bar menu as well as entertainment. You can enjoy playing some darts or pool with your friends while you dine. The restaurant offers all you can eat fish fries every Saturday after 4 and if you happen to be there on a Friday night, make sure to order the BBQ ribs. You will not be disappointed. 

If you are looking for a quick bite to eat, you cannot go wrong with Mishler’s Drive-In. You can grab a hot dog, some great fries, and a root beer, all for a low price. Ensure that you save some room for ice cream as you do not want to miss out on this delicious treat. 

Lamplighter Cafe is another great food option in Evart, MI. This is a casual diner that is great for the entire family. Here you will find some fantastic comfort food that everyone is sure to enjoy. 

Lodging Near Evart

After a day on the Muskegon River, you may want a place nearby to sleep. Here are a few Michigan vacation rental and Osceola County campground options near Evart:

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