Black Bear Lodge on the Au Sable




BEDROOMS: 1 (queen in master & bunk bed in hall)
*RIVERFRONT (Au Sable River)

This small, charming cabin is tucked away on a beautiful, private section of the headwater of the Au Sable River, just 100 feet off of County Road 612 in Frederic (Crawford County). 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. The walkway down to the Au Sable has an incline. The cabin offers the fishermen, hunters, hikers, golfers, ATVers, snowmobilers, or a small family, a clean, comfortable, affordable place to stay with outdoor activities right outside your door! The location offers privacy, yet is only a few miles to Grayling or Gaylord, Michigan.  It’s the perfect place to spend a weekend or week. 
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 (with shower only-no bathtub)  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 (charcoal grill) 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. 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 (half a mile-­‐see photo) as well as 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. 

Ski Resorts
Hanson Hill Recreational Park (Grayling)- 22 minutes/15.9 miles 
Treetops (Gaylord)- 30 minutes/25.1 miles 
Shanty Creek (Mancelona)- 39 minutes/31.7 miles 
Boyne Mountain Ski Resort (Boyne City)- 40 minutes/41 miles
Nub's Nob & Boyne Highlands Ski Resort (Petoskey)- 1.25 hour/71 miles

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
Michaywe- Gaylord
Forest Dunes- Roscommon

State Parks
Hartwick Pines- 9 miles/10 minutes
Otsego State Park (swimming beach)- 11.3 miles/13 minutes

Bear Lake (Kalkaska County): 15 miles/21 minutes

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Drive time:
Rosscommon: 35 Minutes

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 brookies with the occasional brown. 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.

Internet/WiFi:  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. 

Restaurant/Bar: The Frederic Inn is less than a mile from the cabin.

View: The view of the river can be limited in the summer with the dense trees surrounding the riverside of the cabin.  It is clear in the winter since the leaves have fallen. The view is absolutely gorgeous in the fall with the leaves changing colors.


Air conditioner unit (window or portable unit)
Basic paper products included.
Cable- Satellite TV
Ceiling fans
Linens & towels included
Box Fans
Coffee maker
Standard kitchenware & utensils
Fire pit
Patio chairs







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