Grayling to Oscoda canoe and kayak trip

OK – so I just paddled 187 miles on the Missinaibi River in Ontario and am going to push off again to paddle the 114 miles from Grayling to Oscoda.  We have a full crew of 9-10 people for this journey and possibility of a few others joining us for segments.

It is unlikely I will get any last-minute recruits, but anyone that has ever considered this trip should keep it in mind.  It is IMHO the best week-long river trip in Michigan.  Relatively simple logistics, easy access and egress, and nothing but a wonderful river to wake up to each day.

The campsite selection I choose avoids road access most of the time so there is a definite wilderness feel to the trip.  It also avoids the timing of most canoe rental launches and therefore provides a very quiet and personal experience.

Packing for seven days gives you a good sense of how to prepare for longer trips.  I would never recommend someone canoeing that length of time in Canada without doing the Au Sable first.  It just shows you what works and what doesn’t without the penalty of being stranded in the wilderness.

You can have the Boundary Waters with its canned trips and overuse.  Give me the Au Sable and Ontario everytime.  Michigan has the best rivers and the closest access to Canada.

No sat phone to call in blog updates on this trip, but I will share my river log when I return…….

Jay Hanks

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