Overnight Trips

Adventure Trips on the AuSable River

Want to go camping with a twist? Sick of driving to your camp site, setting up camp then wondering what to do next... Wonder no more! You can canoe/kayak to a different camp site every night by the river! Whether you want only to camp for one night or a whole week, Carlisle Canoe Livery can accommodate you.

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Grayling Canoeing overnight trip map

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  • Please call to reserve your trip.
  • You can start your trip at any time of the day, Carlisle Canoe Livery recommends starting in the morning to avoid boat traffic.
  • Our pick-up shuttle times are similar to a hotel check out. We will need to pick-up you and your gear by noon (preferably earlier). Some exceptions and restrictions apply. Please call for details.
  • Carlisle Canoe Livery will be glad to help any customer with their itinerary, but it is ultimately your responsibility to make all arrangements. Timing varies per group so think about how much time you want to spend on the river and at your designated stops - plan your schedule accordingly.
  • Campsites from Grayling to Mio are all owned and operated by the State of Michigan. These are available on a first come, first served basis.
  • Campsites past Mio are a mix of state, federal and privately owned and some will require a reservation. It is your responsibility to reserve your campsite.
  • Remember you are in a canoe or kayak so pack lighter than normal.
  • Here is a list of items we recommend you bring with you:

Camping Checklist

Items to wear

  • Shorts/Long Pants
  • Swimsuit
  • Shirts
  • Hat
  • Socks
  • Shoes/Water Shoes
  • Rain Gear
  • Underwear
  • Medium-weight, jacket or hoodie
  • Gloves


  • Rope
  • Garbage Bags (For Trash)
  • Dry Sacks for clothes
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Tent
  • Tarp
  • Knife
  • Water Proof Camera
  • Flashlight
  • Extra Batteries
  • Firewood (please buy locally to avoid spreading disease/insects)
Overnight Camping Checklist

Personal Items

  • ID, money
  • Phone
  • Comb
  • Insect Repellant
  • Keys, only vehicle keys (Carlisle Canoe Livery will hold onto your keys for no extra charge)
  • Lighter/Matches
  • Medical Kit
  • Tampons/Pads
  • Toilet Paper (Although all campgrounds have bathrooms)
  • Toothbrush/paste
  • Towel
  • Watch
  • Medications
  • Chap Stick
  • Contact fluid/extra contacts
  • Deodorant
  • Sunblock

Food Related Items

  • Cooking Pot
  • Ice
  • Plastic or Paper plates
  • Plastic wear
  • Water/Water bottles
  • Stove and fuel (optional)
  • Cooler

Be sure to pack enough food for your trip. Potable water is available at most campsites. There are also a few places to "stock up" on food while on the river.

** Note: Trash bags do NOT work well for keeping items dry. Carlisle Canoe Livery recommends purchasing dry sacks/bags or boxes. To assure an enjoyable trip, you'll want to keep your sleeping bags and other items dry. Carlisle Canoe Livery does sell a limited supply of dry sacks/bags and boxes.