by Kevin Hillstrom & Laurie Collier Hillstrom (Falcon Guides)
© Kevin Hillstrom & Laurie Collier Hillstrom/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.
The upper Ausable River was very good, with sections of both fast moving and slower deep sections. I actually changed the start of the trip to the south branch starting near Roscommon (first 20+ miles of the trip) - it was much more natural with trees spanning the river; you either had to maneuver under small openings or paddle over the top of tree trunk waterfalls. I would recommend the south branch more for river kayaks than canoes (but it can be run with a canoe - we ran one kayak and one canoe).
After the branches join there was a good variety of water flow. Camp at the Rainbow Bend Campground - it breaks the 40+ miles to Mio nearly in half.
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