BLACK BEAR LODGE ON THE AU SABLE RIVER
BEDROOMS: 1 (queen in master & bunk bed in hall)
*RIVERFRONT (Au Sable River is difficult to access)
*TV with CABLE ONLY, NO WIFI
MARCH 2020-For our guests piece of mind regarding the recent Covid-19 outbreak this property will have a deep cleaning and a 3 day grace period in between stays now through May 1st. in order to insure that the property is virus free.
Just 100 feet off County Road 612 in Frederic (Crawford County), you'll find this small, charming, classic cabin alongside a beautiful section of the headwater on Au Sable River. Yes, you can see the cars driving by and they often drive faster than we would like during the summer. There is another home across the street, visible from the cabin.
The view of the Au Sable is often wide in the winter and narrow in the summer due to the leaves on the many trees surrounding the cottage. Although the cabin rests alongside the Au Sable River, is not easy to enter the river directly from the yard. The entry is in its natural setting and not maintained as an entry point.
With a full kitchen, you can cook a great meal, catch your favorite shows with the cable service on the large flat screen TV. The full bath ensures a hot shower after a day on the river or hiking in the woods. There is a queen bed in the main bedroom, built in bunks in the hall that kids adore (the 2nd sleeping area) and a futon in the living room. Enjoy sitting on the patio with your cup of joe or grilling dinner while you catch glimpses of the river down the hill. At night, gaze upon the stars at the fire pit area.
Enjoy the river right outside your door. Walk out to the river to cast your rod or set your canoe or kayak on the Headwaters of the Au Sable– known as the Blue Ribbon trout stream. Be care walking down to the river, the first part is steep. The public access to the river is across the bridge (see map) for easier and safer entry to the river.” Try your luck at the 'Holy Waters' in Grayling or the Manistee River down the road just 4 miles from the cabin. If golf is your activity, the cabin is only minutes from the award winning golf courses in Grayling, Gaylord and Shanty Creek.
In the wintertime, snowmobilers will enjoy the miles of state trails nearby. The closest trails are Trail 679 & Trail 7, just 0.5 mile east of the cabin- See map photo. Not only are Snowmobiling/ATV Trails nearby, the legendary “Swamp III & Frederic Inn” located down the road- walking distance. If you enjoy downhill or cross country skiing, we have nearby Hanson Hills (Grayling), Treetops (Gaylord), Shanty Creek and Boyne. If the family wants to go tubing, Hanson Hills offers both day and night service.
With “one of the best” state parks only 9 miles away, Hartwick Pines State Park, offers scheduled events and activities year round. Enjoy the museum, gift shop, mountain biking, cross-country skiing, snow shoeing, hiking, picnicking, birding, hunting, and fishing during the day and return to your comfortable cabin in the woods to relax.
Situated in the Northeastern quadrant of Michigan's Lower Peninsula, the fabled Au Sable River watershed boasts of nearly 180 miles of blue-ribbon trout water, making it the state's and one of the countries most renowned trout fisheries.
Winding through a gently contoured wooded landscape from its freestone headwaters north of Fredric to its frequently impounded tail stretch funneling into Lake Huron, the river is large and varies greatly in size and characteristics along its length. On the Au Sable, one can expect a healthy dose of small to medium-sized rainbows, browns, and brookies, with the chance of tying into a football-sized brown -- not to mention the healthy influx from Lake Huron's most important steelhead run.
The Black Bear Lodge is at the headwaters of the Au Sable River. (Fredrick to Grayling)
The headwaters of the Au Sable, just north of Frederic, mark the beginning of a nearly 80-mile stretch of blue-ribbon trout water. These waters are classic American freestone in nature, clear and gravel-bottomed, dominated by brook trout with the occasional brown trout. Pressure along this 13-mile stretch from Fredrick down to Grayling is minimal thanks to other local freestone attractions and limited access. At Grayling, the river bends eastward towards its Lake Huron descent. Just below, the East Branch injects a welcome shot of cold water. Unfortunately, both sun-wilted humans and trout alike revel in fresh, cold river water making the fabled fishing town of Grayling a haven for canoeists and water fanatics. Luckily, the trout have grown accustomed to the ruckus and success can be easily achieved in this area. The last Saturday in April marks the opening of trout season for this part of the Au Sable.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
A/C: Window unit only. Ceiling fan and box fans help keep it cool.
Animals: Coyotes, partridge, squirrels, rabbits, & standard bugs
ATV/Snowmobiles: Yes, ride right from the property. Bring them! Trail 679 and 7 just .5 miles east of the cabin!
Main bathroom: toilet, sink, shower (no tub)
Beach/Swimming: Not ideal for swimming. It is shallow, best for just wadding and fishing.
Master bed: Queen bed
2nd Bedroom: (in the hallway) twin bunk bed
Additional sleeping: Futon in the living room
Boats: You are welcome to bring your own row boat or kayak.
Bugs: Yes, there are plenty of bugs in the wilderness. If doors are left open, even for short periods of time at the cabin, then bugs/flies/mosquitos love to sneak in. We do not spray outside for bugs, as with the natural landscape, along comes bugs. Depending on our level of rainfall, mosquitos can be plentiful. Bug spray is highly recommended.
Cable/Satellite TVs: Yes! There is cable TV only! NO WiFi
Cell phone service: Generally good, however, it can get spotty.
*Hartwick Pines- 9 miles/10 minutes
*Otsego State Park (swimming beach)- 11.3 miles/13 minutes
*Bear Lake (Kalkaska County): 15 miles/21 minutes
*Hanson Hill Recreational Park (ski) – 22 minutes/15.9 miles
*Marsh Ridge (golf) – Gaylord
Golf Courses (all within 30 minutes):
*Marsh Ridge- Gaylord
*The Loon Golf Club- Gaylord
*The Otsego Club/The Tribute- Gaylord
*Treetops Resort Premier Golf Course- Gaylord
*Forest Dunes- Roscommon
*Hanson Hill Recreational Park- 22 minutes away
*Weary Legs (trail length 7.5 mi), Hiking, Mountain Biking, Cross Country Ski
*Deer Run Trail (trail length 5 mi), Hiking, Mountain Biking, Cross Country Ski
*Au Sable River Trail (trail length 3 mi), Hiking, Cross Country Ski
Dock: No dock
Fire Pit: Yes! Bring some chairs and enjoy some stories and s'mores! (During the winter time, it might be covered in snow and not accessible).
Fishing: Great fishing on the Au Sable River! Just walk out the back door and start fishing! On the part of the Au Sable where the cabin is located, the trout fishing season opens the last Saturday in April. Experienced trout fishermen do well. Bring your poles.
Fishing License: You can purchase your fishing license online at the Michigan DNR website.
Grill: Charcoal grill provided. Please bring your own charcoal and lighter fluid. (Not available in Winter)
Handicap Accessible: Space may be too tight for a wheelchair, however it is a great space for those that have limited mobility as it is a one level property. Must be able to navigate rough terrain to walk down to the water.
Hunting: Not onsite
Store: Convenience store less than 10 minutes away on N Old 27 (Beacon &Bridge Market)
Internet: Technically, there is WiFi at the cabin, yet it is temperamental, so we do not consider it one of the amenities. It is a bonus if you are able to connect consistently. We are unable to receive a consistent, strong signal at this point. We are working on improving the system.
Linens: Yes, we provide you with basic sheets and linens. Just like a hotel, the beds will be made for you upon arrival. If you are particular about the thread count of your sheets, let us know, and we will make sure we leave a bed open for your sheets.
Parking: Plenty of parking for vehicles and ATV/Snowmobile trailers.
Pets: Please enjoy this pet free space.
Privacy: During the summer with the foliage, fewer cottages are seen.
Space: 1 level/ 1 bedroom home.
Towels: Yes, we provide towels. Please bring your own beach towels to take to the water.
Washer and dryer: Not on property. Closest laundromat is in Grayling, MI
Wood: All over the property you will find wood for burning. If you would like more, the local grocer also sells bundles.
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Frederic, Michigan, USA