Ausable River, MI
The Ausable River in Michigan runs approximately 129 miles (208 km) through the northern Lower Peninsula, through the towns of Grayling (Grayling is located in the middle of Nothern Michigan situated approximately 4 hours driving distance from Detroit on HWY 75 North) and Mio, and enters Lake Huron at Oscoda. It is considered one of the best brown trout fisheries east of the Rockies and has been designated a Blue Ribbon trout stream by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. In French, Ausable literally means "with sand". Most of the main branch of the Ausable flows through or adjacent to the Huron-Manistee National Forest.
Day 1Since we are located in Canada, we spent this day driving to our location and staying overnight at Canoe Harbor State Forest Campground
Directions to the campgraound
Day 2Watters Edge Canoe Livery to pick up our canoes with all cars, leaving left only one car at the campground, in case of emergency.
We began paddling down the stream on the river back to the same campground approximately for 3 1/2 hours.
We spent the rest of the day playing volleyball, eating, drinking and enjoying the bonfire.
Day 3The next morning we packed up our tents and continued paddling on the river for about 8 hours to our next location with one break for lunch.
If you chose to continue on the Ausable river for 3 more days, you would reach the shore of Lake Huron.