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Overview of Lower Ausable Sites 98-102

Number of Sites 5

Reservations yes

Elevation 650 ft

Max Stay 14

Max Length 26 ft

Tent Camping Yes

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“A spot in the woods”

Reviewed 4/27/2019

Nightly rate: $10
Overall Rating

Au Sable River Camping consists of 102 dispersed primitive campsites along the banks of the Au Sable River in the Huron National Forest. Sites are listed as "D" for drive-in, "C" for canoe-in and "W" for walk-in. The permit season was just extended from mid-April to mid-November but unless you plan ahead with reservations at Recreation.gov, getting a permit on site isn't easy. There are no registration kiosks or payment tubes at the campgrounds. When I called the Monument Visitor Center they were closed. I drove there and the sign said: "Visitor Center closed for Season" - it was April 25th. I didn't sweat it and enjoyed a night camping for free, albeit in a different area further upstream. These sites have a fire ring and that is it.

Each drive-in camping area is a bit different due to elevation, topography, proximity to the river, road condition, etc. In general, one might want to scout ahead if you have low clearance or a tall rig. Some of the loops can be narrow, rutted with low hanging branches but I managed fine with my Class C. This eastern (Lake Huron) shore of Michigan isn't as developed as the west (Lake Michigan) shore as there are no large cities anywhere but that is fine as it has a lot to offer in the way of natural beauty.

Be sure to check out the guide to touring the Scenic Byway - https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/hmnf/recreation/scenicdrivinginfo/recarea/?recid=18982&actid=105

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Jonathan would stay here again

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