Have you noticed that strange orange thing in the sky? The sun has decided to come back to Northern Michigan and it brought with it some warmer weather! This recent warm up has really got us excited for spring and summer and all the wonderful recreational activities to come. The Michigan north offers many opportunities for the hunting sportsman but also activities like fishing, tubing, boating and canoeing.
Our area has plenty of lakes for water sport enthusiasts but the beauty and fun doesn’t stop there. We also have the beautiful and famous Au Sable River. The Au Sable River runs about 183 miles flowing through Otsego, Montmorency, Crawford, Osco, Alcona, Roscommon, Ogemaw, and Iosco counties. It ends in Oscoda where it enters Lake Huron.
The river flows at a four to five mile per hour pace at normal river levels providing a more peaceful float allowing you to enjoy the river wildlife and enjoy the beautiful northern Michigan woods. From late April to late October beginner and advanced canoeists come to the area to experience the south branch of the AuSable river. The river really comes to life in July when canoeists participate in the Au Sable Canoe Marathon, the longest, non-stop, canoe-only race in North America. Racers begin in Grayling and travel through out the night to complete the 120 mile race in Oscoda.
This stretch of the river is world famous for its trout fishing as well. Anglers from all over the world come to try their skills at landing a fish in one of the best brown trout fisheries east of the Rocky Mountains. The Au Sable river was designated a blue ribbon trout stream by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.
This river is rich with recreation but it is also rich with history. An hour and a half down river from Chase Bridge you’ll you will come to the landing at Durant’s Castle. There you can see the ruins of a mansion built by Clark Durant. This 42 room mansion, built in 1931, cost of $500,000. This mansion had eight gables, seven fireplaces, and a two-story tower entrance. The day after it was completed the castle mansion burned to the ground and the ruins still remain.
With all the the river has to offer, imagine stepping out on your porch on a lazy Sunday morning and having an amazing view of the river and wild life as you sip your coffee. This doesn’t have to be just a dream, if you are ready to start living the dream up north contact us today! We would love to show you listings we currently have on the Au Sable River and help you begin living the dream up north!!