Welcome to Indian River

Visitors come to Indian River, Michigan for many reasons... to see the Cross In The Woods, the worlds largest crucifix... the Burt Lake State Park which offers camping, boating, a sandy beach, and more...to fish at the Artesian Springs Trout Farm, where the poles and bait are provided, and the trout are cleaned, bagged, and iced at no extra charge...to view the mighty elk at the Pigeon River Country Forest... to boat or fish on Burt and Mullet Lakes and the Inland Waterway...relax at Cooperation Park, where baseball diamonds, tennis courts, a basketball court, picnic area, playground, and nature trail are waiting for you...

No matter what your reasons are for visiting Indian River, you'll love it here!

Indian River is located between Michigan's third and fourth largest inland lakes. No matter when you plan a trip to Indian River, there will be lots to see and do. Autumn is especially pretty, when the trees are full of color. This is the perfect time to take a drive to Indian River. Don't forget your camera! The hunters will be out and about, trying to get their prized whitetail deer or turkey. If you are in the area this time of year, you will want to stop by and see our Buck Pole, located downtown. In the winter time, you can take advantage of the hundreds of miles of groomed snowmobile and cross country ski  trails, take a drive over to the downhill ski resorts located in neighboring towns, or go ice fishing. When spring rolls around, take time to stop and notice the trilliums in full bloom in the woods, along with the other wildflowers. Morel mushroom hunting is a favorite pastime of visitors and residents alike. Of course, you can always just take a walk and breath in the fresh air, too. Summer is always busy. There are so many things to do and never enough time to do them. If you are an outdoors person, Indian River is the place for you! Fishing, boating, swimming, camping, hiking, sunbathing, golfing, and more await you. Indian River has lots of great downtown shops for you to stop into. Whether you are looking for northern Michigan apparel, souvenirs, gifts, or fudge, you'll find it all right here. There is plenty for the kids to do, too. Don't forget to take them to play adventure golf at Big Bear Adventures. And when the day is through, relax with a nice dinner at any of the area's fine restaurants. If you come up on the weekend and would like to attend church services, there are churches in all denominations either in Indian River or just a short drive away. You can check out the church guide to find more information.
The impressive totem pole in downtown Indian River (by the Chamber of Commerce) was carved from a cotton-wood tree planted by early settlers. It depicts a Huron Indian scout with a bald eagle on his shoulders. You'll want to take a moment to check this out when you visit. If you are shopping downtown, you will certainly see it. Unfortunately, the totem pole has been damaged by storms.

Photographs Carrie Pieniozek


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