Gabions Campground and Day Use

Area Status: Open
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Gabions Campground and Day Use sign

Gabions Campground offers camping on the National Scenic stretch of the Au Sable River.  Natural springs are common on this section of the river, including a small one at the river's edge near the gabions.  Gabions are rock-filled wire baskets that are placed along the riverbank to help reduce erosion.

The Shore-to-Shore Trail passes near the campground; however, Gabions is not a designated horse camp and horse camping is not permitted.  Wildlife and waterfowl viewing opportunities exist; please respect wildlife and observe from a distance.

To download the Au Sable River, National Scenic River, brochure, with map, visit the Maps and Publications section of the website or select this link: http://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprdb5325280.pdf.  This brochure is set to print on 11 x 17 paper, landscape (wide) orientation.  To print on 8 1/2 x 11 paper set the print area to "shrink to printable area", this will make the text on the page smaller. 

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Managed season is from April 15 to November 30.
Operational Hours: Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week unless otherwise posted.  Forest quiet hours apply.
Rentals & Guides: Canoe Rentals -
  • Glennie:
    • Alcona Canoe Rental
  • Hale:
    • Rollways Resort
  • Mio:
    • Gotts Landing
    • Hinchman's Acres Resort
  • Oscoda:
    • Au Sable River Kayaking Company LLC; B & B LLC (Hunts)
    • Oscoda Canoe Rental
Area Amenities: Parking
Fees Recreation Enhancement Act Fee - Day Use -
  • Day: $5.00
  • Week: $15.00
Camping -
  • Per Night: $10.00
Permit Info: Special Use Permit -
  • No special use permit is required for individuals or small groups (74 people or less).
  • Permits are required for commercial, event or large groups (75 people or more).
Open Season: April 15
Usage: Light
Best Season: April 1 to November 14
Busiest Season: May to September
Restrictions: Forest-wide Closures - Camping Camping in Developed Recreation Areas
  • Camping in a developed campground for a period longer than 14 consecutive days unless posted otherwise.
  • Entering or being in a developed recreation site or portion thereof when posted CLOSED.
  • Entering or remaining in a campground between 10 PM and 6 AM when posted - except for properly registered campers.
  • Using a developed campsite by more than eight (8) people on a single unit or by more than sixteen (16) people on a double site.
  • Parking or leaving a vehicle in violation of posted instructions, including the use of a handicap-parking site without a valid state permit properly displayed.
  • Parking a vehicle outside the parking space assigned to one's own camp unit or other designated parking area.
  • Occupying a developed campsite by parking more than one camper, trailer, or motor home (RV) on a single unit site. Parking more than two camping vehicles or camping trailers on a double unit site or exceeding limits to group sites unless otherwise posted.
  • Parking, possessing, or leaving more than two vehicles per single unit camp site or four vehicles per double unit sites, except bicycles, motorcycles, or ATV's on trailers, unless posted otherwise.
Being publicly nude Storing Watercraft
  • Storing, mooring, or leaving a boat or raft over 24 hours.
Parking
  • Parking in violation of posted instructions.
Closest Towns: Glennie
Water: None
Restroom: Vault
Operated By: Mio Ranger District - (989) 826-3252

General Information

Directions:

From Grayling -

  • Travel east on M-72 for 30 miles.
  • Turn right and go south on M-33 for 6 miles.
  • Turn left and go east on County Rd. 604/Curtisville Rd. for 15.5 miles.
  • Turn left on FR 4134.
  • Road will terminate at the campground.

General Notes:

Location - Au Sable National Scenic River

Nearby Recreation Areas -

  • 4001 Canoe Landing
  • Shore to Shore Trail

County - Alcona

Seasonal and Other Information -

  • This site is not gated during the off season. 
  • This site is not maintained in winter:
    • Access road and/or parking lot are not plowed.
    • No toilet facilities are available.

 


Activities


Camping & Cabins

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Campground Camping

Gabions Campground - tent campingAmenities -

  • Trash Can
Sleeping ShelterNo
Reservation InfoNo reservation needed. All sites are first come, first served.
No. of SitesSingle: 4

RV Camping

Amenities -

  • Trash Can
Reservation InfoNo reservation needed. All sites are first come, first served.
Hookup - WaterNo
Pavement Type of ParkingDirt/Gravel
Vehicle ClearenceLow - Medium
Size Restrictions25 Ft. or Less
No. of Sites
  • Single: 4
  • Group: 1
Hookups - ElectricNo
Dump StationsNo
Hookup - SewerNo
Difficulty Level: Easy

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Amenities

Parking 15 vehicle capacity