Au Train River
The slow-moving, meandering Au Train River offers an excellent four to six hour canoe trip. The trail begins at the Forest Service boat launch in the Au Train Lake Campground and proceeds north approximately 10 miles to Lake Superior.
The Au Train River was once a logging run to Lake Superior. Logging began along the river in 1861 and major logging occurred in the 1880's. The largest logging drive took place in 1887 when 10 million feet of pine logs were floated down the Au Train.
Now, an absence of rapids and portages creates a quiet, relaxing outing. Numerous sloughs along the water-course harbor a large variety of wildlife including ducks, songbirds, great blue herons, kingfishers, muskrats and turtles. Walleye, porch, suckers and bullheads inhabit the river year long. Steelhead make a spring run and salmon a fall run.
Access A located on Au Train Lake at the Forest Service boat launch, approximately 5.5 miles south of the village of Au Train. Do not use this access point and try to canoe the lake when strong north winds are blowing.
Access B located at the southern bridge where H-03 crosses the Au Train River, approximately 1.5 miles south of the village of Au Train.
Access C located at the northern bridge where H-03 crosses the Au Train river.
Canoes are available for rent from resorts along Au Train Lake. For additional information about the trail, rentals and river conditions, write or call:
Au Train Tourist Association
P.O. Box 33
Au Train, Ml 49806
(906) 892-8144 or (906) 892-8350
Wear a life preserver while canoeing. If your canoe capsizes, stay with it and hang on. Pack your food, bedding, clothing and matches in waterproof bags and tie them in the canoe. Spring weather in the Upper Peninsula changes quickly. Pack extra warm clothing even if you are planning only a one-day trip. Leave a trip plan with a friend describing your route, destination and approximate time of arrival. Be a courteous, considerate canoer.
Report all sightings of eagles, loons and osprey to the District Ranger.
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication