Explore Northern Michigan

The Pigeon River Country
The Pigeon River Country encompasses approximately 95,000 acres and was created in October of 1973 by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. It is located in the northern part of Michigan’s lower peninsula and is at the center of the range of the only large, wild elk herd east of the Mississippi River. Visit the Pigeon River Country

Gates Lodge
Gates Lodge is located on the banks of the Mainstream of the Au Sable River east of Grayling in Michigan’s beautiful north country. The currents are gentle, flowing over a shallow gravel bottom, allowing one to wade the center of the stream and cast to both banks. To fly fishers this is heaven, hence its name, the “Holy Water.” This stretch is flies only, catch and release, and internationally known for its fly hatches. There are more than 100 miles of prime trout water in the Au Sable system and many times that with other streams in the region. The lodge is centrally located, and the other branches are just minutes away. Visit Gates Lodge

Sunrise Side Wine & Hops Trail
Uncork Michigan’s Best Kept Secret! You need not spend a whole day traveling to experience unique wines or craft beer tastings. The Trail offers you more time to truly revel in our beautiful natural scenery and wildlife. Enjoy our local eateries, indigenous special events, festivals and attractions. Visit the Sunrise Side Wine and Hops Trail

The Top of Michigan Trails
The Top of Michigan Trails Council’s mission is to facilitate the establishment of a network of multiple-use recreation trails in Northern Michigan. These trails will offer safe recreation and alternative transportation routes for all residents and visitors to the area. Visit the Top of Michigan Trails 

AuSable River Canoe Marathon

The AuSable River Canoe Marathon, a.k.a. “The Marathon”, is a non-stop canoe race that starts at night with a thrilling LeMans-style running-start to the river in Grayling, MI, and ends 120 miles later near the shores of Lake Huron in Oscoda, MI. Contestants must navigate the narrow, winding upper stretch in total darkness, as well as stump-filled ponds and the blazing July sun in the lower stretch. This race is not a recreational canoe float, but a professional, ultra-competitive race with the very best professional paddlers from around North and Central America. Visit the AuSable River Canoe Marathon

Northeast Michigan Canoe and Kayak Rentals
Listed within are liveries and outfitters that strive to provide trips appropriate to the skills and interests of their customers. They promote the protection and responsible use of Michigan’s beautiful rivers and lakes. We encourage our customers to paddle responsibly and with respect for others. Visit Northeast Michigan Canoe and Kayak Rentals