The latest edition to the Meemo’s family of getaways is The River House, a woodland chalet located near Grayling, Michigan, on 343 feet of river frontage. It’s Northern Michigan location and scenic overlook of the Au Sable River make it a nature-lover’s paradise. The house has a knotty pine interior with a kitchen and three bedrooms, baths, and fireplaces. It features a custom-finished walkout to the lower level with a wet bar and open staircase.
A spacious family room with a massive fieldstone fireplace overlooks the river, and French doors open to the large multi-level deck and stairway. The chalet and its immediate surroundings make it a great place for family gatherings, couples getaways, and an outdoor enthusiast’s dream vacation.
Upper Floor | 2 bedrooms: 1 king-size bed; 2 full-size beds
Main Floor | 1 bedroom with 1 queen-size bed
Lower Floor | 1 full-size futon
Each bedroom has a television.
Upper Floor | Bathroom with a stall shower
Main Floor | Bathroom with a jetted tub/shower
Lower Floor | Half bathroom
On-Site canoe available for use.
There are adventures abound in Grayling. The town itself has unique shops, live entertainment, and restaurants that are open year round. As the Canoe Capital of the World, Grayling has hosted the Au Sable River Canoe Marathon every July since 1947. In the warm months, canoe and kayak trips may be taken down the Au Sable and Manistee rivers, and the fishing here is known to anglers nationwide. Biking, hiking, golfing, picnicking, festivals, and fall color tours are all common local entertainment.
During the winter months, downhill skiing, snowboarding, sledding, ice-skating, and ice fishing are available. Many come here for cross-country skiing and snowmobiling, as our annual snowfall is high for the region. Whichever activities you choose, round out your day of excitement with an evening cup of hot cocoa or a hot-buttered rum by the hearth.
At The River House, the famed North Branch of the Au Sable River is right outside your door. From there, you’re only minutes away from a section of river called The Holy Water, which is the confluence of the North Branch and the 9-Mile Stretch. It’s one of the most famous and densely populated spans of trout habitat in the country, but isn’t the only noteworthy portion of the river.
The Au Sable is composed of the North, South, and Main branches, and is recognized as one of the finest fisheries in the nation. This beautiful, 138-mile stretch of river has a rich tradition of producing trophy fish. It has plentiful (and sizeable) brown, rainbow, and brook trout; plenty of great cover; and no shortage of resources for both the novice and experienced fisherman.
The river is famously stable, with a sand and gravel bed that allows precipitation to seep into the soil. This allows for natural aquifers to feed the river and its tributaries a constant supply of cool, clean, clear water – precisely what the trout population needs to thrive. It also becomes a tremendous steelhead fishery throughout its last few miles below Foote Dam.
The North Branch is popular with anglers for its stable flow, cool water, diverse and prolific hatches, comfortable wading, and easy casting. Experts and novices alike find it a welcome respite from the often highly technical demands of the mainstream. These easily waded waters generally have very little boat traffic, easy casting conditions, and a healthy population of both brook and brown trout.
Although not as well known as the Au Sable, the Manistee River is a hidden jewel. Much of its length is less populated than the Au Sable by humans. It’s ideal for wildlife watching and scenic photography. Here again a canoe or kayak is the best way to obtain the wilderness experience, although scenic wonders can be witnessed at any woodland area bridge that spans the river.
0 miles | Fishing, Canoeing, Kayaking, Tubing
21 miles | Shops, Restaurants, Entertainment, Supplies
25 miles | Fishing, Boating, Swimming, Picnicking
28 miles | (There are several outfitter options) Picnic and Rent Canoes, Kayaks, Tubes and Rafts
24 miles | Hiking, Biking, Downhill Skiing and Snowboarding, Tubing, Cross Country Skiing, and Disc Golfing
25 miles | Logging Museum and 49 acres of Old Growth Forest. Nearly 9,000 acres to mountain bike, cross country ski, snowshoe, camp, hike, picnic, hunt, fish, bird, and explore Michigan’s great outdoors.
29 miles | Historical, environmental, educational complex set on 60 acres. The farm is a working replica of the typical mid-American farmstead of the 1930’s.