Why We RecommendEvery adventure is custom designed for the daily weather and the time you have for fun in beautiful TC. Traverse City is a destination defined not just by cherries, craft beer and amazing wines, but also by some of the very best rivers, lakes, trails and parks in the country. The River Outfitters is your gateway to an unforgettable vacation or even a brief rejuvenation and escape! Conveniently located on Boardman Lake in the heart of Traverse City, an outdoor adventure is at your fingertips. One mile from downtown Traverse City, after you enjoy FREE parking dock side at the River Outfitters HQ, or a quick Cherry Capital Cab ride, you can pedal or paddle along the Boardman River and down to the beautiful Grand Traverse Bay.
What's Up RecommendationThe River Outfitters is the original Traverse City Adventure Outfitters and offers daily tours on Boardman Lake and down the Boardman River to the magnificent Grand Traverse Bay. The River also offers visitors the opportunity to SUP Traverse City! If you’ve ever wanted to experience what it feels like to walk on water, then Stand Up Paddle Boarding is for you! If you can kneel, sit, or lie on your belly then you can master a SUP in a matter of minutes and we offer lessons in a safe and stable environment.
Kayaking Traverse City Kayaking. Kayaking is by far TC’s most popular watersport. With single and double boats to choose from, kayaking truly is floating fun for the whole family. The River offers customized adventure based on what YOU want to do and the time YOU have to do it in! No canned fun or assumptions here. Whether it’s nature, good food or craft beers and cocktails, we have a paddle for you and your family. The Boardman River is one of the best in the state of Michigan and we can’t wait to get you set up with your paddle today.
Bicycling Traverse City Biking. Pedaling the amazing TART trail is an experience to be had. Enjoy FREE parking at the River Outfitters 1910 W South Airport Road in beautiful Medalie Park (a mile and a half from the Grand Traverse Bay) and pedal down the trail to the bay or explore downtown TC stopping to eat and drink the best food and beverages Northern Michigan has to offer. Why feed the meters and get stuck in summer downtown gridlock when you can relax with the River Outfitters? The River is excited to offer history tours of TC.