Paddle Brave Canoe Livery and Campground is conveniently located in Roscommon, Michigan directly on the south branch of the AuSable River. Not only do we offer all types of river trips, but we also have a small, old-fashioned campground complete with camping cabins and comfy rental campers. Our campsites are forested to enhance your experience in a more natural setting. Here you may enjoy everything from canoeing the clean, safe, and shallow waters of the AuSable, biking, observing wildlife, trout fishing, hiking, swimming at nearby Higgins Lake or perhaps just browsing in our Trading Post. For those of you canoeing two days or more downriver, Padle Brave will assist you to attractive campsites along your route.
Canoeing the south branch of the AuSable river is a treat for the beginner or the advanced canoeist. This stretch of the river is world famous for its trout fishing as well. Anglers from all over the world come to try their skills at landing a fish. The river flows at a four to five mile per hour pace at normal river levels. The most popular time to do a canoe float is from late April to late October, mid-summer being the busiest time.
If you are looking for a more peaceful float, Sunday thru Friday is the best time to see more wildlife and to enjoy the northern Michigan woods. A local point of interest along the river is the famed Mason Tract, a fly fisherman's paradise. The Mason Tract also offers oppurtunities for magnificient wildlife viewing, as you will be surrounded by majestic, undeveloped land.
We offer trips on the river that range in length from 1 hour to a 6-day adventure to Lake Huron. We supply paddles, seat cushions and Coast Guard approved life jackets.
There is a wide selection of kayaks and Old Town canoes to choose from for rental use. We have tandem and single place kayaks for every type of adventure. We also have tube rentals to spend a relaxing day leisurely floating down the peaceful and serene river.
Contact us to learn more about our store and the rental services we offer.