EDITORIAL – People of Arenac County deserve open access to river


The Deep River Township Planning Commission’s desire to establish two public access points along the Rifle River will give people of the township and county something they deserve – free, outdoor recreation.

The Rifle River is one of nature’s greatest gifts to Arenac County, and by looking at the businesses along it that offer canoeing, kayaking and tubing trips, it’s obvious the mighty river can draw a crowd.

However, the river doesn’t only belong to a few businesses, and living along it doesn’t make it yours.

Simply put, the 60-mile river belongs to everyone and people who live near it that want to fish, canoe, or just wade in the water, should get the chance to do so freely, not only whenever someone else says they may.

As long as people are respectful of the private property around the public sites, and friendly to the environment while visiting, then enjoying the Rifle River is a perk that should come with calling Deep River Township home.


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i know this project would bring in more revenue for the county,but this would mean more people drinking and cussing . I live on the river just passed Dick Dells home ,ive heard and seen it all . our property has been in the family since 1962. its nice to see families going down the river on a nice weekend,but you have to draw a line. im against using deepriver property for this kind of action.. thank you jim hilton

Thursday, November 19, 2009 | Report this

The river already has to be policed for this type of behavior and others. This is a great idea that would offer use of this public resource to many that cannot afford the commercial facilities. It would also offer use of the river during the spring and fall seasons when the commercial operations are not open for business.

Monday, November 23, 2009 | Report this

God forbid the public should have access to a public waterway without being forced into spending money with a private business.

Monday, November 23, 2009 | Report this

God forbid the public would want to support a business and the economy by spending money. Everything in life is not free. Russell's Canoe supplied me with a summer job and some guidance during my high school years, as one of the businesses that are supported by the river.

Also, I grew up near the river, within biking and walking distance. If we wanted to enjoy it by swimming in it for free, there are plenty of state forest and public accesses available.

The river and it's access points are fine. If you can't find them, ask the local chambers of commerce or a local business. I'm sure they'll be happy to help you find them. Or, email me, I'll let you know where they are.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009 | Report this

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