Back to our interstate journey along I-75. If you venture far enough north you’ll get to Exit 310 Indian River, Rogers City. This exit is between Gaylord and Mackinaw City and is often the gateway to the inland waterway, the Lake Huron strip, and several wilderness areas providing many adventures to pick from.
The world’s largest crucifix is only a couple miles from this exit and attracts thousands of visitors each year. It is definitely worth adding to your itinerary. The Cross in the Woods offers outdoor Catholic services on summer weekends.
Indian River is also the best place to catch a river ride on the Sturgeon River – either by Kayak, Canoe, Tube, or even a fool-proof river raft for larger groups or the less adventurous. See Big Bear Adventures to hook yourself up for whatever type of trip fits your fancy. Their main store also offers a putt-putt, bumper boats, ropes course, a sub-way, and other staples.
The 310 exit is also a loop exit. You can venture down the main street and if you’re northbound, hop back on I-75 at exit 313. Taking this option you will pass Chillermania. This book store contains the American Chillers, Michigan Chillers, and other book series of author, Jonathan Rand. If you’re a parent of elementary age students in Michigan it is likely your child has had some exposure to this book series and/or author himself.
Food options beyond the fast food exit staples include Christopher’s Restaurant for breakfast, lunch, and recently added dinner on some summer evenings.
The Inn Between is a perfect spot to boat/people watch on nice days. Right at the Indian River Bridge downtown, you can come by car or boat and see what the relaxed northern atmosphere is all about.
The Indian River Golf Club offers tee times and the Greenside Grill for lunch or dinner.
Vivio’s is the place for pizza or Italian fare. Open at 5pm for dinner all year long. Add a glass of Chianti to complement your meal. Old time charm is abundant here.
For anyone looking for a unique experience. Wakefire Cable Park offers an outlet for your wakeboarder even if you’re not pulling a boat.
As you can tell, many options await at this peaceful little town at the center of the Inland Waterway. If you’ve passed this town by on your way to Petoskey, Harbor Springs, Roger’s City, or anywhere this gateway leads you, make a point to look around next time you’re close.