I met with the owner of this field to see about running laser tag games on sundays. He was very proffessional and safety oriented. He runs the field as a side hobby and more of a supplemental income, so the prices seemed very reasonable to myself. The fields were very nice (lots of interesting cover instead of inflatable objects). I think this could be a very fun field to host IRcombat games (google if interested). The field's primary focus is paintball of course.
IRcombat is a cross between laser tag and moder video game shooters. There are 6 unique character classes 4 fragmentation grenades and 4 electronic smart flags. Perform research to upgrade your character and use teamwork to push forward and capture all the opposing team flags. Weapons include gattling gun, shotgun, sniper rifle, ak47, M16, A3G3. See IRcombat.com to learn more, but I would like to host these at pineriverpaintball and split the proceeds with the owner (IF the field has openings for that weekend)
Last edited on Monday, June 7th, 2010 at 10:57 am PST
I liked this field alot. If your a big woods ball player this is your place to play. Lots of people show up and the layout of this place is great. I'v only played on there big field witch is like 20-30acers (one field). They do have other fields also but they were not playing on them that day. the safety is vary good and paint prices are also far. rentals are 98c like always. They also take credit cards witch is really nice if you run out of cash. staffing is also really great and they play lots of different games from ring the bell to flag games and alot more. They don't have speedball, its just an all woods play place. I did have a problem with a box of paint I bought. it was PMI premium, witch are really great paintballs but my box was prob bad because it was braking in my Ion and in my A5 and A5's can shoot any paint really. So I talked to the staff about it and they gave me a great deal of money back on my paint. they have low grade and lots of different high grade paints to pick from also.
Over all I really enjoy playing out here. I mostly play speedball but I'm starting to really like woods ball because of this place.
Only bad thing I see is that they don't play every weekend like most places do and only play like 2 times a month but more people do show up because of it.
paintball revolution (out of business, was in mount pleasant)
Directions to the Field:
3701 w pine river rd
saint louis, MI
between st. louis and breckenridge on pine river rd
from the moment i arrived at Pine River Paintball i knew that i would have a great time. the owner came right out to great us.
when you walk back to the big paintball course you walk past thier speedball and village courses. these are very well designed and very fun for all levels of players. they even have safety netting that surrounds these courses. Plus they have a fully stocked shed with any paintball supply you will need. ohh yeah, and their staging areas are awesome, they provide picnic tables and benches (not Spools) for all of your equipment. their target range and chorno stations are well defined and provide for some fun target practice. one thing that impressed me was that they provide goggle spay and towels free of charge. what other field offers that? i even had one of the reff's offer to help clean my equipmant between games, AWESOME!!!
their big playing field includes the river and is about 11 acres. all of the other paintball courses around are tiny compaired to this one. back at this course, they have another shed stocked with all the supplies you will need. they also have picnic tables, target range, and chorno stations. the big course is the BEST woodsballs course i have been to so far. they have a large cabin thats located in the middle (it provides for some of the best paintball action) and they have a 70 foot bridge that spans a swampy area. they play many games that include this bridge and the cabin as well.
overall Pine River Paintball is the best paintball field in all of central michigan. if you want excellent customer service and an organized day of paintball this is the place to come.
i was surprised by the prices, i heard they were high, but this past year everything was much cheaper, paint was $40 a case and i got in for $5 with my own equipment.
they even rent HPA tanks and have all day air for $5 thats a steal!!! compaired to some of the other places its $1 per 1 k
when we came out this past summer for a bachelor party they had a really cool game that involved a fake bride that we had to get back to the cabin. they really made it fun and accomodated our every need.
i have also heard they can rent up to 60 guns, thats more than any place around
take my advice, go to Pine River Paintball, they are what a paintball facility should be !!!
ohh yeah and if you can talk the reffs into playing you can have a chance to beat them, when we played them a while back the 3 of them spanked like 18 of us, they are really good, especially using only A-5's
I went to pineriver paintball and what did i see. Lots of the players were just little kids. They have 3 fields that are pretty cool. One field is a speedball field which is filled with spools, wood bunkers, extra...... The games usurally last to 8 or 7 minites. The second field is a village. It is death in that paintball field, but it is still fun. The games usually last to 5 or 4 minites. They usually play a game called attack and defend. Its pretty fun to play. The last field is a big field with 11 acers of it. They play capture the flag, and the watermellon game. These games last to 10 or 15 minutes. The rules are very strick there so be on your best behaiver. Pine river is expensive to it is $60 just for paint, well the tournament paintballs. Midgrade is only like $40, and premium is 50. Tanks are another thing. $1 per psi, that isn't bad. The co2 is $4.00 the most you are going to pay. Overall it is very fun to go there. Jan(the owner) and his family are very nice people.
PS: a bunch of newbs go there
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The course was very well run. Organization was excellent. Atmosphere was very friendly, helpful, and clean. All saftey issues were well managed - goggles and plug rules were enforced and nets were up where necessary. A barrel plug was shot out of the barrel of a tipman - I'm a advocate of barrel condoms only. The store was small but well maintained, and no one had to wait to get a fill.
We played the larger course - 13 acres. The course had a variety of terrain including lowlands with lots of water including a river and a bridge. The lowland was seperated from the high land by a field-long ridge that divided the areas pretty evenly. Lots of large trees provided decent cover. There were a fair amount of bunkers - all made of logs and dirt. There were two major man-made landmarks, a cabin and a bridge. The bridge was a suicide mission if defended by the oposing team. The cabin made for a strong defensive base. In the low lands there is some tall grass that allowed for interesting play. The only way to improve this field would be to double the bunkers. I often found myself slinging paint 150 feet because no suitable cover was availabe between me and my taget. Also, it rained on the day we played - lots of water and lots of mud. I thought the mud and water added a little to the game, but some disagreed.
Game Play: A
Lots of fun games that used the fields layout to its fullest extent. No games lasted more than 16 minutes. Games played: Capture the flag (one team hides a huge flag), elimination, capture a base ( ring opponets bell), capture the cabin, plus a few more games. Every game had an appropriate pace and all the rules were very well explained in a short amount of time. Game play doesn't get any better.
This is Pine Rivers biggest downfall. These were the big fields rules (I don't know if the rules are different for the smaller fields). The rules were geared towards beginners and extreme safety. 1) Head-shots don't count - horrible rule. Easily abused. 2) 30 feet coutesy rule - supposed to give an opponent the chance to surrender if with in 30 feet. 3) No bunkering rule - if you get within 10 feet of your enemy then all players are called out. Exception to this rule was the cabin - all is fair game in the cabin.
I agree that these rules make for safer play and are helpful for beginners, but no headshots? 50% of my kills are usually headshots.
Field Paint Only: Cheapest paint: $60 for a case - pretty crappy paint, but bearable for woodsball. Very pricey compared to similar fields in MI.
Field fee: $10 - not bad
Unlimited air: $5 - not bad
Normally I wouldn't comment on rentals but my gun broke down and I had to rent. Rental markers are tipman 98s using compressed air. Yeah, tipmans aren't great guns but they did a good job when using the compressed air.
Overall impression: I had tons of fun and thats what really matters. Very well run field. Organized, and friendly staff. Very fair reffing. Dissapointed with the paint costs. Oh yeah, the parking lot was a mud bog by the end of the day.
Last edited on Monday, May 16th, 2005 at 2:04 pm PST
Pine River is a good solid field. I've played there for a few open dates and one reserved party, with another coming next month.
The shining jewel here is an 11 acre woodsball field. There is plenty of cover - some natural, some built. There's a cabin and a bridge, a long ridge, a river, some long grass, and plent y of space to move. CTF and team elimination games start out of sight from each other, so you never know where folks are gonna be. The staff have a large list of games they'll call for you, from CTF to Rescue the Dummy. The open field allows plenty of room for advanced maneuvering, flanking and sneaking.
The field staff is knowledgable and helpful. The owner and his sons are great at keeping things moving, keeping things safe, and helping players out. They have a dedicated chrono/target shooting area, which is highly welcome.
Safety is big here. The playing area is separated from the staging area by a good distance. Tape is very prevalent in the out-of-bounds areas. Netting separates staging and chrono areas. The refs are very good about enforcing barrel plugs and masks.
Fills are reasonable and fast. This is a field paint only field, and the prices aren't great, but they're reasonable. The cheap balls work very well in my 98c. They give a safety lecture to newbies and an intro to the rental gear. This is great - other fields just hand you a marker and tell you to go to town.
Cons: On the woodsball field, head shots and gun shots don't count . This can be an issue with good players, as you could hang out and take gun shots all day and keep firing. I suspect that if we asked, we could suspend this rule. Also, the walk from the parking area to the staging area for woodsball is kinda long. Make sure you've got your gear packed well. If you try to just drag stuff, you'll have issues
They also have a speedball field, but I have yet to play on it.
All in all, this is a great woodsball field. I play here about every five or six weeks, and I'm always impressed. Even with the FPO restriction, I still consider it worthwhile.
paintball arena which is not a really good field but i go there in the winter time due to the fact it is an indoor field
swan creek unfortunately they are closed down now but were a blast when i went there
This will be my 3rd time at this field and i love it. it is about 45 min to an hour drive but is completly worth it it is 11 acres of woods with a river that is part of the playing field. Also the games that are played are a blast like the watermelon game and find the dummy the owners jan and his family are very nice people and know what they are talking about and keep the games short and fun so you get a lot of games for 4 hours the prices are not that bad either ball are a little pricey but they are at any field due to the fact thats where they make there money this is an awesome place to play and i would recommend it to anyone that enjoys paintball. Jan is also very good at responding to emails and i do send him a lot of emails and he is very good at that i can't wait to go back i reserved the field for sept 26 and can't wait fun fun fun
Pineriver Paintball is the best feild i have ever been at! Jan(the owner) and his sons take good care of the course,and are very friendly people. They helped out my group with almost what ever we needed. They play some cool games.(If you go there ask to play the watermelon game). I would recomamend this course to any one.
Paintball Revolution, Mt. Pleasant - much better for my tastes, as I'm a speedball oriented player.
A great place to get together with a large group such as a family gathering or youth group and play some woodsball, but not the place to come and get in a speedball tourney. I've been there twice now and the only complaints I have are the paint prices, which are a bit steep. The owners are really nice though, they cooked my group hotdogs during the day and helped alot reffing and keeping all the rental guns working. Also, one of the few places to rent out compressed air for better use in cold weather. Overall a good field here to provide a good time, but could use some improvements in a few areas.
Pine river is a great place to play for experienced or beginning players. Jan and his family do a great job of making the day fun. They do an excellent job of refing all the games and sometimes his boys will play to keep the teams even. Prices are very reasonable for everything. It has been 2 years since I played there and it sounds like he is making improvements all the time.
the field is fairly open woods with lots of large trees to hide behind. A steep ridge runs through the length of the field and holding it is the tactical advantage. The river makes a great boundry.
The cabin and bridge are a blast and the speedball course is well built. All in all I've always had a great time there. Make sure you inquire about playing "The Watermelon" game, its fun and tasty (as long as you don't drop the melon!)