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The River Outfitters

1910 W South Airport Rd, Traverse City, MI 49686
+1 231-883-1413
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Staff were very helpful!

We decided to try stand up paddle boarding and the staff here were very helpful to show us how it’s... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Corrneria
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Toledo, Ohio
via mobile
Kayak and paddle boarding

Highly recommend this place. Excellent staff, instruction, and location. I’ve been back several... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
LindaBDeutsch
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Rockville, Maryland
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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 that when you join us on the water, you're joining a community. We don't have customers – we have friends, and we're eager to share what makes Grand Traverse County so amazing. The health and well-being of Northern Michigan's natural and cultural resources is a core ethic of our company. So, book a tour with us, and we’ll customize your experience based on the weather, special events, your interests, and your skill level. We’re here to make sure you have fun and create unforgettable memories.
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“kayak trip” (3 reviews)
“self guided” (3 reviews)
“great trip” (4 reviews)
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1910 W South Airport Rd, Traverse City, MI 49686
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+1 231-883-1413
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Reviewed 3 days ago 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

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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.

1  Thank LindaBDeutsch
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Tawny H, Owner at The River Outfitters, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

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

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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

1  Thank FunInMD
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Tawny H, Manager at The River Outfitters, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

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

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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

1  Thank D6816WIamandas
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Tawny H, Owner at The River Outfitters, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

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

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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

Thank Debbie R
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Tawny H, Owner at The River Outfitters, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

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

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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

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Tawny H, Owner at The River Outfitters, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

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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Reviewed 11 June 2018 via mobile

I was so glad we decided to do this KaBrew tour. Shaun could not have been a better guide. Our group was small which made the trip more enjoyable and flexible. Nice bike ride followed by the kayak trip with drinking mixed in.

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Tawny H, Manager at The River Outfitters, responded to this reviewResponded 13 June 2018

We are so happy you chose the River Outfitters. We don't have customers, we have friends and we love TC and sharing it with people. Come back and see us soon.

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Reviewed 28 August 2017

My boyfriend and I did the self-guided KaBrew last week. We had an amazing experience! Mike and Eli were friendly and helpful, and they provided a map to us when we checked in and explained how to get to each of the breweries and where...More

Thank Christina R
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Tawny H, Manager at The River Outfitters, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for the stars, Christina! We're a little late to respond, but we're glad you and your boyfriend had a nice time seeing the city. We hope you'll come back and see us again sometime! Best, The River Outfitters

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Reviewed 21 August 2017

Had a great time doing our own version of the Kayak brew pub crawl. The crew at River Outfitters was very helpful and friendly. Highly recommended.

Thank Jeff J
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Tawny H, Manager at The River Outfitters, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for the stars, Jeff! We're a little late to this, but we're glad you enjoyed your pub crawl -- hope you'll come see us again soon. Best, The River Outfitters

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Reviewed 6 August 2017 via mobile

We did the KaBrew tour and it was an absolute blast. I am happy we went with this tour company instead of the one right in town. The routes were more scenic and the group sizes were a lot smaller. It was a slow pace...More

Thank Victoria_Mullins
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Tawny H, Manager at The River Outfitters, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Sounds like it was a great day, Victoria! Thanks for choosing us for a tour of Traverse City -- we're so glad you had a chance to spend some time exploring the outdoors with us! We hope you'll be back soon for another trip! Best,...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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