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South Branch of the AuSable

Recognition: Dedication by Natural Resources Commission Resolution (1956)

Size: 3,180 acres

Location: In the southeastern corner of Crawford County, 15 miles southeast of Grayling

Management: Au Sable State Forest

Activities: Canoeing, hiking, fishing, hunting, camping (adjacent), photography, wildlife viewing, scenic vistas

Importance: Much of the area was willed to the state in 1955, with the intention that it be used for the protection of the waterway. As a result, approximately nine miles of undeveloped land border the river, providing a scenic area for non-motorized recreation and solitude.