Explore Riverside

We offer a full grocery line • complete picnic provisions • beer & wine • snacks • candy • lunch meats • dairy products • ice cream cones • hot coffee & donuts • soft drinks • ice • hot & cold sandwiches • hats • film • suntan lotion • clothing • charcoal & charcoal grills • coolers • camping needs • mini drug line • fishing licenses • live bait • fishing tackle • boat launching • gas & oil products • souvenirs • gifts • Native American jewelry & crafts • moccasins • toys • changing rooms and restrooms

The Grill and Ice Cream Shop

Our full-service Char-grill offers hamburgers, hot dogs, cherry brats, chicken sandwiches and strips, french fries, and more. We make our own deli-sandwiches prepackaged for your river picnic lunch.

Riverside offers wonderful old-fashioned hand-dipped ice cream, along with shakes, malts and sundaes. An evening favorite around Riverside is sitting around our nightly fire, while enjoying an ice cream cone. The kids LOVE it!!!

Remember When?

Remember when people used to drive cars and buggies on and around the Dune Climb? People used to actually water ski down the river! There used to be three canoe liveries at the Platte River Bridge: The Waterwheel, Millers/Casey's and Riverside.

We also had a wonderful KOA campground and a Michigan State Park across the street. In the late 60's and 70's people would travel to the Platte River by the thousands to fish for the migrating Coho Salmon. Do you remember when there used to be houses all along the river? Some may remember the gravel parking lot at trip’s end where you could grab a bite to eat at the restaurant or stop in at the tackle shack.

We hope to remain here for a very long time to provide more of you with those wonderful memories and traditions. In the same spirit of the photos, again we would welcome any old stories. We are sure there are many "Remember when's" left out there.

Carter's before it became Riverside

Riverside - late 60's/early 70's

The Waterwheel

Riverside - late 60's/early 70's

Paddle Princess

Before Lake Michigan Rd - 1940's