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1356 Greenwood Road |  Alger, MI  48610
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Cole Canoe Base is constantly re-inventing ways to keep todays ever changing youth active in the outdoors. Our program is "High Adventure for the 21st Century."Providing activities for the Scout that is new to the program all the way up to Venturers and Sea Scouts that "Have tried everything." Our camp parallels programs found at national Boy Scout camps for a fraction of the price. Cole boasts a 98% unit return rate, one of the highest in the nation. As an "A rated" nationally accredited camp since it was renamed over 30 years ago, Cole Canoe Base strives for one thing and one thing only: Safe, Quality, Fun Filled Programming!

Cole is approximately 170 miles north of Detroit just outside of West Branch, Michigan located on the southern border of Ogemaw County. The camp measures approximately 1480 acres or about 2.3 square miles. The Rifle River runs through the main part of the camp and provides an excellent opportunity for units to canoe and tube down the river. The majority of the camp structures, campsites, and program areas are condensed into the northeast portion of the property, leaving the remainder as wilderness on the west side of the Rifle River. After crossing the foot bridge over the Rifle River scouts have miles of uninterrupted trails and wilderness to explore and hike. The general terrain of the camp is flat, with only a few hills as you descend into the river valley.

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