Alcona Canoe Rental, Campground & Cabins

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6351 Bamfield Road
Glennie, MI 48737
Phone: 989-735-2973
Toll-free: 800-526-7080

Canoe, tube, raft, kayak the AuSable River - National Scenic River

3 miles west of Glennie off M-65
Open April 1 to September 30

Overnite Canoe Trips
Our most popular overnight trips are...
- Mio to 4001 Bridge, 22 miles
- Alcona to Loud Dam, 16 miles

Additional Overnight Trips from 1-7 days - please call for details

For the enduring canoeist, we have trips up to 7 days. The river from Grayling to Oscoda is all wilderness and camping is all primitive. A few designated areas have public campgrounds to offer. With an average depth of 1 to 3 feet and a 4 to 6 mile per hour current, the river is nice for all members of the family and groups of all sizes.

Come experience kayaking on the AuSable River in our user friendly kayaks. Our kayaks are easy to maneuver because they are shorter than typical kayaks, making them run straighter. They feature a longer cockpit for easy entry and exit and their width makes them more stable. Our supplier calls them the "right side up kayak."
- McKinley Bridge to 4001 Bridge, 2 1/2 hours
- Comins to 4001 Bridge, 5 hours
- All Day (you haul)

See Canoeing Schedule for Trip Times

Helpful Information to make your trip more enjoyable:

To avoid disappointment, we recommend reservations for weekends. Payment in full is required for all reservations. When making reservations, include the name of your group, number of rentals reserved, dates, trip that you wish to make and arrival time. Person making reservations will be responsible for deposits in event of cancellation. Payments will be refunded if trips are cancelled 30 days in advance. No refunds due to inclement weather or early departure on any trip or for camping. Trips can be reserved by using a Visa or MasterCard. There will be a $5.00 charge for all credit card cancellations. A cash security deposit is required the day of your trip.

Rafting is a fantastic way to enjoy the majestic AuSable River. Rafts are great fun for families with small children, senior citizens, or anyone who doesn’t want to get wet. Our rafts hold 4 people plus gear and are available every day in season. Remember that rafts are about 25% slower than canoes, so plan your day accordingly.
- McKinley Bridge to 4001 Bridge, 3 hours
- Alcona Dam to Bobcat Creek, 1 hr.

Our 17-foot canoes are safety inspected, registered and licensed by the Michigan State Waterways Commission. We cannot assume responsibility for canoeists safety as that depends upon the individual. For safety reasons we limit three to a canoe and recommend two for the most enjoyable trip. We also provide the canoeist with a safety inspected paddle and a life floatation device.

You must arrive 1/2 hour before scheduled trip - TRIPS LEAVE ON TIME

McKinley to 4001 Bridge: 12 miles - 2 1/2 hours
Comins to 4001 Bridge: 22 miles - 5 hours
Alcona to Loud Dam: 20 miles - 5 1/2 hours

Family Campground
Camping at our rental is available in a primitive area with public restrooms, shower house, laundry facilities and party store. No refunds for early departure or inclement weather. A refundable camping security deposit is required for each site rented. Site inspection is made at the end of your stay for security deposit refund. We can accommodate tent camping and small pop-up campers with groups of 12 people or less. Pets welcome if on leash. Private parties are subject to prior approval by management. We are a drug free campground.

If asked to leave the campground due to misconduct, absolutely no refund or no deposit will be returned.

Our most popular trip is 8 miles of primitive wilderness, designated as a wild and scenic stretch of AuSable River. Early in the morning you are likely to see deer, mink, beaver, eagles, and all types of ducks. Call us to reserve a trip on the most beautiful stretch of the AuSable River. 800-526-7080.

Big Bear Cabin Rental
Sleeps eight, with mattress, electricity, refrigerator, stove, microwave, cable TV and fire pit. Bring your own bedding.
- Weekends (Friday & Saturday), Weekdays, Weekly Rate
- Phone for reservations
- Checkout is at noon
Please leave cabins as you found them!

Camping Cabin Rental
Cozy pine cabins that sleep four, two bunk beds with mattresses. Bring your own bedding, no cooking inside.
- Weekends (Friday & Saturday), Weekdays, Weekly Rate
- Phone for reservations
- Checkout is at noon
Please leave cabins as you found them!

Tokens are needed for shower facilities
10:00 p.m. quiet hours enforced!
NO MUSIC AFTER 10:00 p.m.
Volleyball area - horseshoe pits - playground for kids

While canoeing, rafting, tubing, kayaking or boating with Alcona Canoe Rental, these rules apply:

  1. Do not operate a watercraft while intoxicated. It is illegal and dangerous.
  2. River hours are from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., be sure to plan your trip accordingly. Overnight trips due back by 4 p.m.
  3. We do not transport private tubes, inflatable rafts or oversized coolers as they are not allowed.
  4. All items must be secured in watercraft. Rope and trash bags are available at the canoe office.
  5. For environmental reasons, Styrofoam coolers, glass bottles, paint balls and balloons are not allowed on the river.
  6. Towing inner tubes behind canoes or rafts is not allowed.

Tubing the AuSable
- McKinley Bridge to 4001 Bridge, 3 hours, tubes with and without bottoms.
- Alcona Dam to Bobcat Creek, 1 hour, tubes with and without bottoms.

Styrofoam coolers, glass bottles or water balloons are not allowed. One tube per person. No private tubes or rafts will be allowed.

Enjoy a majestic AuSable River in a tube; it is one of the best ways to spend a hot, sunny afternoon. The AuSable is a great tubing river with very few episodes of rump-bumpin!

Plan to be wet, so wear your swim suit, and we also recommend wearing water shoes or tennis shoes. Extra tubes can be rented for coolers, if available. Come experience tubing on the wild and scenic AuSable River in Glennie.

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Reader Comments (1)

This place is very overpriced compared to other places in the area! Don't go here, owner is very rude!

August 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMike Williams

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