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AuSable River - Skill Level:  Beginner - Intermediate

wsrlogo02Ausable River Morning East BranchThe Au Sable is a major tributary to Lake Huron. It drains a north-south basin that includes 1,932 square miles in north-central lower Michigan. The basin is approximately 90 miles long and 10 to 30 miles wide. The river basin is partially within the Huron National Forest and includes parts of Otsego, Montmorency, Crawford, Osco, Alcona, Roscommon, Ogemaw, and Iosco counties.

The Au Sable River may just be the finest brown trout fly fishing east of the Rockies. If that were not enough reason to visit the river, the Au Sable is also one of the best canoeing rivers in the Midwest. Map Au Sable River  AuSable River Primitvie Campsite Maps 

Designated Reach: October 4, 1984. The main stem from the Mio Pond project boundary downstream to the Alcona Pond project boundary.

Classification/Mileage: Scenic -- 23.0 miles; Total -- 23.0 miles.

S. Branch AuSable River Wilderness

The Mason Wilderness Float is a wonderful trip for the person who wants to experience Michigan's North woods at its best. The South Branch of the Au Sable River flows thru the Huron National Forest. This stretch of the river has no white water, is crystal clear and one of Michigan's top trout streams. The pine and cedar lined river is abundant with wild life. If you choose to paddle on a week day you may not see another soul on the river. There are easy designated stops for lunch or just to stretch. The trip usually lasts 5-6 hours and our staff will pick you up at a predetermined time and return you to your vehicle.

Huron-Manistee National Forest
1755 South Mitchell Street
Cadillac, Michigan 49601



Hinchman Acres Canoe Rental
702 N. M-33, PO Box 220
Mio, Michigan 48647
Phone: (989) 826-3267

Oscoda Canoe Rental
678 River Road
Oscoda, Michigan 48750
Phone: (989) 739-9040

Waters Edge Canoe Livery
10799 Dana Dr.
Roscommon, MI 48653
Phone: (989) 275-5568


Borcher’s Au Sable Canoe Livery
101 Maple Street
Grayling, MI 49738
Phone: (989) 348-4921

Campbell's Canoe Livery
1112 Lake Street
Roscommon, Michigan 48653
Phone: 989-275-5810

Carlisle Canoes LLC
 110 State Street
Grayling, Michigan 49738
Phone: (989) 348-2301

Jims Canoe Livery & Cabin Rental
1706 Wakely Bridge Road
Grayling, Michigan 48738
Phone: (989) 348-3203

Penrod's AuSable River Resort
100 Maple Street
Grayling, Michigan 49738
Phone: (989) 348-2910

Quinlan Island Canoe Livery
11724 Steckert Bridge Road
Roscommon, Michigan 48653

Rainbow Resort
731 Camp Ten Road
Mio, Michigan 48647
Phone: (989) 826-3423


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