Winter Activities

Winter is a magical time at The River House.

Our many winter activities offer a chance to explore during this beautiful time of year. Traverse the trails on snowmobiles, trek through the woods on snowshoes, or glide quietly along on cross country skis as the breathtaking beauty of winter surrounds you.

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The River house is right in the heart of some of the state’s finest snow mobile country. With thousands of acres of State and Federal land made for winter fun, there is no place like Crawford County when it comes to snowmobiling.

Marked trails are groomed by the AuSable Valley Snowmobile Association. One of the largest trail systems in the state links the Grayling area with Lovell’s, Lewiston, Frederic and Gaylord. Other trails connect to Roscommon and Houghton Lake. A full color snowmobile map is available for the area.

In the heart of the snowbelt, Grayling offers the first good snowmobiling for winter fun-seekers heading north. The easy accessibility of Crawford County from I-75 and U.S.127 means snowmobilers spend most of their weekend on their sleds, not in their cars.

Sledheads Snowmobile Sales, Service, & Rentals

Tel: 989-344-7669

Distance from River House:
32 miles or 45 mins

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Downhill Skiing, Snowboarding, Tubing & Nordic Skiing

Hanson Hills Recreation Area is one of Northern Michigan’s hidden gems.  Enjoy a great Family Atmosphere at a very affordable price. The Ski Area offers Downhill Skiing, Snowboarding, Tubing, Snow Shoe Trails, and over 35km of Groomed Nordic Ski Trails. Learn to Ski or Snowboard with the Professional Snow Sports School.

Distance from The River House:
23 miles or 31 minutes


Ice Fishing

Numerous lakes in Grayling offer quality ice fishing. Nearby shops cater to the sport where you can find anything you need including, flies, bait, and ice fishing equipment. Many of the local shops also sell fishing licenses, advise you on current ice conditions, and offer advice and the latest information on the sport.

Fish Caught

  • Bass
  • Bluegill
  • Walleye
  • Pike

Distance from The River House

Higgins Lake: 31 miles or 40 mins

Lake Margrethe: 25 miles or 35 mins

Kneff Lake: 16 miles or 22 mins

Wakeley Lake:  10 miles or 14 mins