Canoeing the AuSable River

Canoeing the AuSable River

Canoe on the AuSable River that winds through town. It is the site of the world's longest canoe marathon and a legendary trout fishery.

Photo courtesy of Grayling Visitors Bureau


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Year round, Grayling offers casual adventures for outdoor enthusiasts with canoeing, kayaking, fishing on the AuSable and Manistee Rivers, biking, hiking, golfing, a fish hatchery, and endangered Kirtland Warbler viewing opportunities. There are numerous historical sites located within the county. Several festivals and events are scheduled throughout the year. During winter months, snowboarding, sledding, ice-skating, ice fishing and downhill skiing are available along with numerous groomed or ungroomed trails for cross country skiing and snowmobiling. In the fall, color tours and several hunting seasons draw visitors to the area. Unique shops and restaurants are open year round for the visitors enjoyment. Reasonably priced motels, bed and breakfasts, and cabins offer various amenities including canoe, golf and fishing packages.