Lovells Museum of Trout Fishing History

The Lovells Museum of Trout Fishing History is Michigan's ONLY trout fishing museum and preserves, exhibits, and interprets the history of trout and fly fishing in Lovells Township, the AuSable River, and in Michigan. The museum is located in the small village of Lovells on the North Branch of the AuSable River. The AuSable was one of the last waters of the grayling, one the earliest popular rivers for trout fishing, and the home of Trout Unlimited. Wealthy businessmen from Detroit, Saginaw, Toledo, and elsewhere, built or were members of fishing lodges along the AuSable, including automobile industry barons such as Durant, Ford, Mason, Nash, Sieberling, and Stranahan. Many of these lodges are now gone but many still grace the banks of the mainstream and north branch of the AuSable Rivers. Exhibits include the extinction of the grayling, the creation of Trout Unlimited, fly rods, trout flies, and more. The museum features an annual changing exhibit. The museum is operated by the Lovells Township Historical Society, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

Trout Fishing History

Contact Information


8405 Twin Bridges Road

P.O. Box 2505

Grayling, MI 49738

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Phone: (989) 889-5691


Location of Lovells Museum of Trout Fishing History

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