Nestled in Roscommon County are gentle rivers flowing through the beautiful forested wilderness, home to turtles, herons, frogs, and fish. Float or paddle the South Branch of the AuSable River, or take an excursion on the Muskegon River a memorable, quality outdoor experience.
The South Branch of the AuSable River flows northward out of St. Helen to Roscommon (this section is floatable only at certain times of the year). Out of Roscommon the AuSable River flows north and east through the George Mason Wilderness Retreat. There are no homes or roads in the 3,500 acres between Chase Bridge and Smith Bridge where the river is preserved as a wilderness. Here the river's depth ranges from one to four feet (a few areas are deeper). A moderate current takes you steadily downstream. Area canoe liveries help you plan trips from 1-4 hours to overnight.
Canoe Liveries - Ausable River
Campell's Canoe Livery
Campbell’s located on M-18 ( Lake Street) in Roscommon. They offer rentals of canoes, kayaks and tubes which can be used on the South Branch of the AuSable River. They can be reached at (800) 722-6633 or (989) 275-5810.
Paddle Brave Canoe Livery and Campground Resort
They have canoes, kayaks, and tubes for rent. Located at 10610 Steckert Bridge Road in Roscommon. They have two telephone numbers they can be reached at: (800) 681-7092 or (989) 275-5273.
The Muskegon means "Happy River" and flows south and west from Houghton Lake into the backwaters of the Reedsburg Dam. From there the river meanders through miles of unspoiled wilderness flowing over a bed of sand at approximately 3-4 miles per hour. You will travel through the Houghton Lake Wildlife Research Area, where the Muskegon River takes you gently through some astounding natural areas.
Canoe Liveries - Muskegon River
White Birch Campground and Canoe Livery
5569 South Paradise Rd. (four miles west of Houghton Lake) on the Muskegon - phone (231) 328-4547 White Birch offers kayak, canoe and tube trips on the Muskegon River that range from one hour to overnight, and group rates and packages are available.
Hotels With Canoe Packages
3419 W. Houghton Lake Dr.Houghton LakePhone: (989) 366-5711
Sands Beach Front Resort-Motel
9192 W. Houghton Lake Dr.Houghton Lake Phone: (989) 422-5295