Important Information

The Consumers Energy AuSable River Canoe Marathon is considered the toughest spectator sport and preparation should not be taken lightly. Spectators should be prepared for all kinds of weather conditions, bugs, traffic, and thousands of other fans. Please read the Spectator Guide to help you prepare for your all night adventure.

  • Alcohol is prohibited on Consumers Energy property, including at the dams along the Marathon route.
  • No loitering will be allowed when crossing dams.
  • Park your vehicle in Grayling early Saturday for an easy get-a-way after the start of the race.
  • Please follow the directions of safety personnel and police officers at all times.
  • Please respect private property and ask permission prior to crossing.

Crawford County – Stephan, Wakeley, and McMasters bridges will be closed to all vehicle traffic during the race. Spectator vehicles will not be allowed to cross the river at these bridges.

Oscoda County – Parmalee Bridge will be closed to spectators but passable for vehicles. No portable lighting will be available. If you are viewing the race from here, there are good sites along the campground on the north side or at the public access site on the south.

Mio Dam – Spectators are not allowed on the spillway. There is a walkway from the MDOT parking area, south of M-72, under the bridge to the dam. You will not have to walk across the highway to get to the dam. Spectators must stay clear of the pathway and the put-in areas as the teams portage Mio Dam.

4001 Bridge – The U.S. Forest Service may issue tickets for parking in the lot at the boat launch site without the valid parking pass.

Alcona Dam – Only feeders and officials will be allowed into the dam parking lot. Spectators should park in the field on the north side of the river and walk across the bridge to the portage area.

Loud Dam – There will only be parking for feeders on one side of the road leading to the dam. Only feeders and officials will be allowed into the dam parking lot.

Five Channels Dam – Pedestrians and vehicles will not be permitted on the new bridge, but spectators are allowed on the old bridge. Parking in the dam parking lot is for feeders only. Spectators can park in a large field at the top of the hill on the south side of the river.

Foote Dam – The Dam will be closed to spectators but you can view the race from the new fishing platforms across the river.

Whirlpool near Oscoda – Everyone must park in the parking lot, not at the boat launch. The U.S. Forest Service will issue tickets at this area.


Emergency Numbers – Dial 911

Crawford Country Sheriff: 989-348-6341

Oscoda County Sheriff: 989-826-3214

Oscoda Area Police: 989-739-9111

Alcona Country Sheriff: 989-724-6271

Hale Area Police: 989-469-8241

Iosco Country Sheriff: 989-362-6164


Have fun and be SAFE!

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