Crystal River is a gently moving, shallow stream that winds its way through a beautiful northern Michigan forest in Glen Arbor.

Crystal River is not like the grand rivers of the Appalachians or Rockies.

It won’t sweep you along through white-water, or past grand cliffs.

It is simple, peaceful beauty. 

Crystal River is an excellent choice for those uncomfortable with the idea of being on a large body of water. 

Much of the river is a foot deep. 

Take the time to appreciate the drinking-water-clarity of the river.

Notice the rocks, grasses, and sands that make up the bottom.

Enjoy the peace and quiet provided by the woods and lack of development.

The National Park Service maintains the river in as natural a condition as possible while still making it accessible to the many visitors to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

Crystal River is a simple, special place.

All About Water will shuttle you to the put-in at Fisher Road and CR 675 (also known as South Dunns Farm Road and/or West Crystal View Road).

You’ll be on the water to just past the “shoot the tube” on CR675. 

You can “shoot the tube” (go through the tube that channels the water under the road), or stop on the bank just short and portage (carry) your kayak across the road. 

This is just over two miles on the river. 

All About Water will pick you up at the take out there, and return you to The Homestead where you started.

 

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