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Evan’s Cut River Store,Cabins and Campground,Cut River Inn,smoked fish,northern michigan,Epoufette

Come for the Smoked Fish, Stay for the Trails and Hospitality

By Kim Kisner, Contributing Writer

Welcome to the Evan’s Cut River Store, Cabins and Campground, a veteran family-owned establishment in Epoufette, MI where people travel from as far away as Thailand to get a taste of the coveted smoked fish, take pictures with Big Foot, and hop on Trail 473 with access to virtually anywhere in the UP.

This cozy and welcoming establishment changed hands in 2021 and the backstory is truly fitting of the UP lifestyle. Ray and Melissa Evans had lived in Epoufette for about five years and frequented their neighborhood store and loved it. When the pandemic hit, the previous owners retired and placed the business up for sale. Ray and Melissa missed the store – a lot. The Evans decided they loved it and missed it so much, they’d buy it, and that is just what they did!

Since then, they’ve renovated and upgraded the store and three cabins. They strive to create a restful, comfortable atmosphere that feels like a good home base for people visiting the U.P. The cabins are fully stocked with dish wear dishwashers, full size refrigerators, Direct TV, internet and even free coffee. They have already had several repeat visitors.

“We think of Epoufette as a place of rest and a scenic and charming spot to visit. It’s peaceful. We want the store and cabins to feel the same way and people seem to really appreciate that,” said Melissa.

Evan’s Cut River Store,Cabins and Campground,Cut River Inn,smoked fish,northern michigan,Epoufette

Evan’s Cut River Store,Cabins and Campground,Cut River Inn,smoked fish,northern michigan,Epoufette

They’ve also made some advancements and additions to their reputable smoked fish and dips.

“Luckily Bob Wheaton, the Fish Manager at the store, remained with us after we purchased the establishment. Bob has free reign to test some things and he came up with several specialty items, such as Garlic Parmesan Salmon, Sweet Heat Salmon and Maple and Brown Sugar Salmon. Now, we cannot keep them in stock!” said Ray.

Having sold 6 tons of smoked fish in 2021, they are clearly onto something.

Beyond the fish, the full-service store sells groceries, wine, liquor, gifts and outdoor needs. Trailer parking for customers and firewood are available and they work to keep the prices reasonable.

Evan’s Cut River Store,Cabins and Campground,Cut River Inn,smoked fish,northern michigan,Epoufette

Evan’s Cut River Store,Cabins and Campground,Cut River Inn,smoked fish,northern michigan,Epoufette

When it comes to snowmobiling, you’d be hard-pressed to find a place as centrally located and connected. Evan’s Cut River Store is located about 28 miles west of the Mackinaw Bridge on Hwy 2 and sits right next to the 473 trailhead. It’s perfectly situated between several attractions. Cities such as Tahquamenon Falls, Newberry, and even Marquette are all accessible by trail.

If you get hungry or thirsty during your adventures in the area, there is tasty food and drink to be found. Check out the Cut River Inn right next to the cabins and store or the Bayview Inn right across the street.

Looking for something fun and interesting to do off the trail? Stop by the Top of the Lake Snowmobile Museum where the history of snowmobiling comes to life.

So, if the UP is calling your name, and you want a cozy, home-away-from-home, place that’s geographically located to facilitate endless fun and exploration, give Evan’s Cut River Store, Cabins and Campground a try. And don’t forget to get your picture with Big Foot before you leave!

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