www.michigansothergreatlakes.com 29 Boat~Canoe~Kayak - ing rivers will treat you to a special experience. Blanketed with forest and captivating water there is a wealth of wildlife and wilderness. Paddle along the Houghton Lake Blue Water Trail, inland lakes. Canoe Liveries AUSABLE RIVER The South Branch of the AuSable River is world renowned for canoeing, kayaking and tubing. It flows northward out of St. Helen to Roscommon (this section is floatable only at certain times of the year). Out of Roscommon, the AuSable River flows north and east through the George Mason Wilderness Retreat. A moderate current will take you steadily downstream. The Roscommon Canoe Liveries can help you plan trips from 1-4 hours to overnight trips. Campell’s Canoe Livery 800-722-6633 Campbell’s rents canoes, kayaks and tubes. Located on M-18 (Lake Street) in Roscommon. Paddle Brave Canoe Livery and Campground Resort 800-681-7092 They have canoes, kayaks, and tubes for rent. Located at 10610 Steckert Bridge Road in Roscommon. MUSKEGON RIVER The Muskegon means “Happy River” and flows south and west from Houghton Lake into the backwaters of the Reedsburg Dam. From there the river meanders through miles of unspoiled wilderness flowing over a bed of sand at approximately 3-4 miles per hour. White Birch Campground and Canoe Livery 5569 South Paradise Rd. (four miles west of Houghton Lake) on the Muskegon. Boating power boats for skiers and tubers—all are found on our great lakes. Boat washes, permanent and portable, are found on N. Higgins Lake Drive by the N. Higgins Lake State Park, at the launch near the S. Higgins Lake State Park and at Gerrish Township. There also is a portable LAUNCH SITES HOUGHTON LAKE DNR boat launch* - located behind the Rite Aid on M-55. DNR boat launch* - located at Lantz Landing on Old 27 next to Lakeside Resort. Lapham’s Marina - located off Country Rd. 100 on Marina Drive, across from Roscommon County Airport. Private launch site with small fee. DNR boat launch* - located at Whitney Court, on County Rd. 100. Sullivan Beach – located behind Chase Bank on Park St. off M-55 in Prudenville. HIGGINS LAKE DNR boat launch* - South Higgins Lake State Park. (Only boats belonging to registered overnight campers can be left overnight.) Gerrish Township Marina - located at the end of Mill Road, off West Higgins Lake Drive. DNR boat launch* - located on W. Higgins Lake (Country Road 200) in Lyon Township. DNR boat launch* - North Higgins Lake State Park. B&B Marina – rental marina located on Clare Street on the North Shore of Higgins Lake. Available for customers. LAKE ST. HELEN Richfield Township launch site – open to the public. Features a free ADA kayak and canoe launch with fishing pier. MARL LAKE Marl Lake* – located NE of Higgins Lake, across from South Higgins Lake State Park. Non-powerboats only. REEDSBURG DAM DNR boat launch – located at Reedsburg Dam State Forest Campground at the junction of M-5 & Country Road 300 near Houghton Lake. *Requires A Michigan Recreation Passport.
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