Canoe, Kayak, or Bike Au Sable Country!

Penrod’s Canoe & Kayak is located on the world famous Au Sable River Mainstream.

The Headwaters of the Au Sable River (20 miles North of Grayling) is considered “holy water” to fishermen.  But when it comes to canoeing, the river begins at the dock of Penrod’s Au Sable Canoe & Kayak.

Here the river widens along its meandering course, is not choked by brush, fallen trees, or as seemingly impassible as upstream.  Waist deep water and an easy current for the first 25 miles make for a relaxing float for beginners, families, and nature lovers.

For the quiet, careful canoer, a surprise awaits around every bend.  It might be a deer standing chest deep in the tall grass. a blue heron standing statue-like in the shade of the willow boughs, or a pair of frantic ducks scared up, wings pumping and orange feet on waterspouts.

Viewing the Northern Michigan landscape from a canoe is a unique experience.  It’s a view you’ll not get any other way, and most certainly not from inside a car.  Adventure, fun, and memories await around every bend.

Hours of Operation

Saturday Open 8:00 am – Last Pick-up 5:30 pm
Sunday – Friday Open 8:30 am – Last Pick-up 5:30 pm

Latest departure for the 2 ½ hour Burtons Landing trip is 2:45 pm.

Latest departure for the 4 hour Stephans Landing trip is 11:45 am.

May to September Hours

Saturday Open 9:00 am – Last Pick-up 5:30 pm
Sunday – Friday Open 9:00 am – Last Pick-up 4:30 pm


If you would like to check availability or make a reservation (no deposit required) please call Toll Free 1-888-467-4837.

We like to talk with our customers to make sure what we offer is what they are looking for.  We do not take reservations online.  This is to insure your happiness and ours.  It’s a little more work to give us a call but it can be well worth it.

If you have a question other than reservations and availability our email address is

We are conveniently located on the Au Sable River at 100 Maple St. Grayling, Michigan 49738


If the weather does not look favorable for what you have in mind just give us a call and we can easily move your reservation to another date. If you do not have the option of moving your date we can cancel your reservation for any reason. Since no deposit is required you do not have to worry about a financial loss or dealing with rain checks. Our goal is to make the organizational aspect of your trip as easy as possible.


No deposit is required. Penrod’s welcomes walk-ins at anytime of the season based on availability. To ensure that we can accommodate your paddling needs, reservations are suggested. During holidays and Saturdays in July and August, reservations are suggested.
To make a reservation or check on availability please call 1-888-467-4837. To reserve a watercraft we just need a name and phone number.

Alcohol Policy

If you or anyone in your group plans on becoming intoxicated while on the Au Sable please do not contact PENROD’S.
PENROD’S is a family owned operated and oriented business that caters to family fun.