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Grayling, named long ago for the Artic grayling that once populated its nearby streams and rivers, is now appreciated as the home of Trout Unlimited, the sport fisher’s most active ... moreadvocacy and conservation group. Located in the center of northern Michigan, Grayling is surrounded by great trout fishing rivers, including the Au Sable and its legendary Holy Waters, the North Branch of the Au Sable, the South Branch of the Au Sable and the Manistee. 

If that’s not enough water to cover, there are other tempting places to cast off. Just west of town is the Boardman River. In addition, there is the Little Manistee and Pere Marquette Rivers near Traverse City, an increasingly sophisticated resort area for both summer and winter sports. While Michigan is called the Land of the Lakes, there is also an abundance of other rivers within a short drive from Grayling. These include the Sturgeon, Pigeon, Black and Jordan Rivers, not to mention the numerous stillwater options.

Kayaking and canoeing are Grayling favorites, attracting tourists from around the globe. One of its biggest draws is the annual Au Sable River Canoe Marathon, a night and day race which starts in Grayling and ends in Oscoda, 120 miles down river. Cycling is also well supported here with an annual mountain bike race and festival. Inside the Hanson Hills Recreation Area there is a 20+mile, single track trail. The town even offers its own Bicycle Turnpike with 6 ½ miles of paved trails.

Replete with historical narratives, the area hosts Lovells Township Fly Fishing Museum, the Crawford County Historical Museum and the Hartwick Pines Logging Museum. Every April the nearby town of Kalkaska officiates over its National Trout Festival and the area’s Grayling Fish Hatchery brings people to the area year after year. Appreciating more than just fish, Grayling and its environs are home to art galleries, artisan restaurants and a wide choice of hotels, motels and lodges.

There are several ways to reach Grayling including:

Fly into Detroit Metropolitan Airport and drive approximately 3 hours

Fly into Cherry Capital Airport (Traverse City) and drive approximately 1 hour

Fly into Chicago O’Hare International and drive for approximately 5 hours

Fly into Sault Ste. Marie Airport, Canada, and drive approximately 2 hours 

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