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River Flows:

Mio Dam
1190 ft³/s
Smith Bridge
230 ft³/s
Parmalee Bridge
1010 ft³/s

Wader Access for Fly Fishing

The Au Sable has plenty of access and miles of great wade fishing.

On the mainstream, you’ll find good wading from our town of Grayling all the way to the access at Wakely Bridge.  Access on the South side  of the Mainstream is from M-72 and essentially starts with Burton’s Landing and is followed in succession by Louie’s Landing, Keystone Landing, and the road end at Thendara.  These are all road end access points.  The banks are generally private but Michigan stream law allows anglers free movement within the banks of any river—you can wade any navigable stream in Michigan. 

On the North side of the river, North Down River Road acts as the main access artery.  You’ll find the first access to the East off of Headquarter’s Road.  The next access is at the end of Whirlpool Road.   After that you have Guide’s Rest and Spite Road. 

Off of Wakely Bridge Road you can enter the river at the Lower Trout Unlimited Access and at the Wakely Bridge access.

The entire North Branch of the Au Sable River is wadeable as well.  Access on the North Bran of the Au Sable is much more limited, however.  The banks are lined with large tracts of private land.  But once again, no one here owns the river, so you can wade the length.  Most of the access on the North is near and North of the town of Lovell’s.  You can access the river several times North of town from Twin Bridges Road.  You’ll see a pull over on the right hand side of the road at the power line access.  North of there, you can find access at Twin Bridge or further up the road at the Sheep Ranch.    Remember all the bridges in Michigan are legal access.

You’ll definitely will want to make a trip to the South Branch of the Au Sable and visit the Mason Tract.  There you will find a 13 mile stretch of river that is enclosed in public land.  A hiking trail parallels the river and access is everywhere.  The South Branch is one of the great resources in the state of Michigan.

Beyond that you have many tributaries as well as most of the Manistee River to wade and trout fish.