by Kevin Hillstrom & Laurie Collier Hillstrom (Falcon Guides)
© Kevin Hillstrom & Laurie Collier Hillstrom/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.
The South Branch of the Au Sable River was very pleasant with the exception of the first 3 hours. The holiday weekend brought many weekend partiers and their conjoined canoes filled with styrofoam coolers and endless beer cans. The river is GREAT with its narrow banks and fallen trees. It offered tremendous amounts of wildlife from eagles, deer, cyotes, trout, and a very friend raccoon. We camped at Canoe Harbor about 4 hours into our trip from Roscommon. We had read some limited information on line and we were very surprised at the level of accommodations. The vaulted toilets were exceptional, the campsites clean, comfortable and above all QUITE. The second day of our journey gave us more views of the Mason Tract and great canoeing to ourselves. Once joining the Au Sable, the river opens up and begins to slow down, giving us time to drowned a few lures and catch some sun. There are a few places to stop along this section where toilets and tables are available. Our journey ended at McMasters Bridge.
With the exception of the traffic and litter amoung the first section of the trail, I highly recommend this river.
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