Ever wanted to paddle the Au Sable River from Grayling to Oscoda? Unless you are a racer in the annual marathon, it takes more than 14 hours. Part 1 of the trip took place this past February as the 27th Annual Au Sable River Overnight. If you made that trip, you can continue on downstream to complete this river (in sections). If you were not there in February, then feel free to join us under more civilized conditions on April 26-27.
Rendezvous is Saturday morning, April 26 at 9:00 a.m. at Parmalee Landing which is on river right upstream of the bridge. Access can be found by taking M-72 east from Grayling and turning south at Red Oak or taking Downriver Road South east from Grayling and turning north at Luzerne. If you are coming from the east from Mio then the same directions apply.
We will run shuttle downriver to FR 4001 and try to launch by 10:00 a.m. so be punctual. All equipment must be taken downriver if you plan on camping overnight with us. If you only want to paddle for the day then arrangements can be made to take out at Mio on Saturday. Otherwise, we plan on camping at RiverDune Saturday night which is a river-access only campsite below Mio.
This trip should not require the level of cold-weather protection as many of my trips. However, the water is still cold and you should still take a complete change of good clothing in a dry bag. I would expect overnight temperatures for late April to be in the 30’s or 40’s, but be a wise scout and “be prepared”:
You can always bring it home if you don’t use it, but you can’t use it if you don’t bring it.
There is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing.
Jay Hanks, LOAPC President