Lupton is an unincorporated village in Rose Township in Ogemaw County. The post office was established around 1895-96 and the villiage was laid out in about 20 square blocks. Joshua . Rakestraw was the postmaster in 1905. It had a population of 150 in 1917 and had a bank, post office, two hotels, two general stores, school, meat market, livery barn, drug store, barber shop and sawmill. Linton E. Cossand was the postmaster. A huge log building “Graceland Ballroom” was errected on the corner in the late 1920’s. During the day of prohibition it was a speakeasy and hideout for the imfamous “Purple Gang” of Detroit. Township Popluation: 1,260. Township Hall: 3380 Lupton Rd., Lupton, MI 48635, (989) 473-2001
Rifle River Recreation Area [Wildlife Viewing Area] - Michigan Department of Natural Resources (989) 473-2258. Closest Towns: Lupton, Rose City. Water is a big attraction at Rifle River. There are more than ten miles of streams and river here, as well as 10 lakes and ponds. This site also showcases a wide variety of habitat types, including upland hardwood and pine forest, open grassland, lowland forest, cedar swamp, bog, marsh, and open water. Fourteen miles of hiking/biking trails begin at the campground; many of these trails are groomed for skiers. Excellent opportunity to view unique waterfowl at this site. The huge trumpeter swan, Michigan’s largest bird, may be seen on any of the lakes. Trumpeters were released here by the Department of Natural Resources as a part of a reintroduction program. Loons usually nest on Grebe Lake in the spring. Please view both of these rare birds from a distance and do not disturb them, especially during breeding season. A scenic overlook from the Lodge Hill will delight viewers with a bird’s eye view of the area. In May, the trail offers wonderful wildflower viewing. Look for Indian paintbrush, cardinal flower, several types of lady’s slippers, and others. Stop at the headquarters for maps and other information.
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Rose Briar Restaurant, 3379 Sage Lake Road, Lupton, MI 48635, Phone: (989) 473-3235
Rifle River Recreation Area, 2550 E. Rose City Rd., Lupton, MI 48635-0098, Approximate Size: 4449 (Acres). Phone Number: (989) 473-2258. Rifle River Recreation Area is a wilderness located within the AuSable State Forest and provides a variety of recreational opportunities. Great park for wildlife watching, hiking, fishing and hunting. Rifle River Recreation Area is a wilderness located within the AuSable State Forest and provides a variety of recreational opportunities. This area was formerly a private hunting and fishing retreat owned by the late H.M. Jewett, a pioneer auto manufacturer. In 1945 the tract, then called Grousehaven, was purchased by the Department of Conservation from Mrs. Jewett. The Department of Conservation renamed it the Rifle River Area and used it as a field laboratory for fish and game research. In 1963, the Parks Division acquired the area and it is now known as the Rifle River Recreation Area. The AuSable River Scenic Byway is located 20 miles east of the Rifle River Recreation Area. Along this byway are many attractions, including Lumbermen's Monument Visitor Center and largo Springs. 99 campsites.
Heritage Trophy Hunts of Michigan [Hunting Preserve], 3763 E. Sage Lake Road, Lupton, MI 48635 (989) 513-2525
Warblers Cove [Campground & RV Resort], 3426 E. Sage Lake Rd., Lupton, MI 48603, Phone: (989) 473-2211
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Lupton Garage [Auto Repair & Service], 3311 Main St., Lupton, MI 48635, Phone: (989) 473-2207