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This is the most comprehensive guide to vacationing resources located in Michigan's beautiful Michigan's beautiful AuSable River Valley.  It includes information on on places to stay, places to eat, places to have fun, places to shop, a places to shop and places to obtain services in the larger cities as well as the small villages. It contains  351 pages of information relating to these topics. 

The AuSable River Valley offers a wide range of lodging accommodations, including: bed & breakfast inns, cabin & cottage rentals, condominiums, hotel & motels, and resorts & lodges.  Some are located in the larger towns and others along the river or on some of the inland lakes.  There is something to satisfy everyone's taste.

Canoeing, kayaking and tubing are some of the most popular activities on the river.  Thousand of people float down the river every week from Memorial Day to Labor Day.  There is nothing more refreshing than a float down the river on the hot muggy days of summer.  There are rental services available at Glennnie, Grayling, Hale, Luzerne, Mio and Oscoda.  They will transport you to the launch sites by bus or van and then pick you up and bring you back when your trip is finished. 

There are beautiful and challenging golf courses located throughout the Au Sable River Valley. 

The Au Sable River Valley is a campers paradise.  There are State Parks located at East Tawas, Harrisville, and Grayling and State Forest Campgrounds located at Atlanta, Curran, Frederic, Gaylord, Grayling, Houghton Lake Heights, Lewiston, Lovells, Lupton, McKinley, MioOscoda, Ossineke, and West Branch. National Forest Campgrounds located at Atlanta, Barton City, Curran, Glennie, Lupton, Luzerne, Mio, Oscoda, Rose City and South Branch. There are also numerous private Campgrounds & RV Park located throughout the Au Sable River Valley.

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    The Huron National Forest offers excellent outdoor recreational opportunities for biking, boating, canoeing & kayaking, camping, fishing, golfing, hiking, horseback riding, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, and wildlife viewing.

    Charter Boat Services operating from Au Gres, Harrisville, Oscoda, and Tawas City harbors offer excellent sport fishing opportunities for Chinook & Coho Salmon, Steelhead, Lake Trout, Walleye and Perch.  Higgins, Houghton and Hubbard Lakes as well as many smaller lakes offer excellent fishing Bluegills, Bass, Pike and Walleye.  The Au Sable River and it's tributaries offer some of the best trout fishing available in the nation.  Fly fishing guides and fly fishing shops are available in Grayling and Mio.

    As you travel through the Au Sable River Valley visit one of the many museums that pay homage to log cabins and logging, sports, Indian and maritime heritage, aviation, and people who laid trails for the future of the Great Lakes State. They are great places to educate your children and grand-children on Michigan’s rich history.  The Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center is a visitor center for the  Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, featuring exciting exhibits for  all ages. Exploring the Shipwreck Century, is located in the center's  main hall and includes a full-size replica wooden Great Lakes schooner  and shipwreck where visitors can walk the decks, feel a Great Lakes  storm, and touch the massive timbers of the boat resting on the lake  bottom ... without getting wet!   The Bottle-Cap Museum in Grayling includes a restored 1950’s diner.  Stop by and enjoy and ice creams soda or banana split like your grand-parents use to have when they were dating. 

    The Lighthouses located at Alpena, Au Gres, East Tawas and Harrisville are popular subjects for artists and photographers.  The lighthouses located on Charity and Middle islands are operated as Bed & Breakfast Inns.  Staying in one of them will give you a taste for what it was like to man a lighthouse as a lightkeeper.  Others have maritime museums as part of their facilities where you can learn about Michigan's rich maritime history.  There are Charter Boat services available at Alpena and Au Gres that will take you out to visit the lighthouses on Charity and Middle islands.

    Wineries and vineyards have recently been established in Alpena, Au Gres and Rose City.  Each of them have tasting rooms where you can sample their products.  There are also tasting rooms located in Harrisville and West Branch.  These wineries offer a large variety of fruit wines in addtion to the traditional grape wines.  Give tyhem a try and take a few bottles home to serve to your family and friends.


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