Gates Lodge, Grayling Michigan

Owned and operated by the Gates family since 1970

We've been gone from Michigan for over 30 years, but those who know us are aware that we still call the Au Sable our "home water." There are more than 100 miles of prime trout water in the Au Sable system and many times that with other streams in the region. Gates Au Sable Lodge sits right in the midst of this "Holy Water." This stretch is flies only, catch and release, and internationally known for its fly hatches. The currents are gentle, flowing over a shallow gravel bottom, allowing one to wade the center of the stream and cast to both banks.

The Lodge

Accommodations at Gates Au Sable Lodge consist of fourteen motel style, double bed rooms. All rooms have full baths, vanity area, tying tables, cable TV, and they are just steps from the river. The Brown Trout Suite has two bedrooms, each with two single beds, a stone fireplace and central living area, making it perfect for three to four anglers.

Yes, there are trout

Unlike many lodges, Gates Au Sable Lodge has excellent food. The Hungry Fisherman Dining Room is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner seven days a week. They offer a full menu including daily home-cooked specials. Their homemade soups, pies, breads, and Au Sable hashbrowns are favorites among regular guests. The evening meal includes your choice of homemade soup or juice, basket of fresh baked breads, full dinner salad, and main entree with potato. The menu is low carb friendly. You may decide to top off your meal with one of Julie's special desserts. Some of the guests come to the lodge simply to enjoy relaxing and dining with a view of the river. Guests are never hungry leaving Julie's dining room!

Gates Au Sable Lodge also has a full fly shop on premise. Rusty Gates, owner, (shown on the right) eagerly shares his knowledge with dedicated anglers. "When time permits I enjoy showing other anglers how to tie some of the special flies we've developed for the Au Sable system." Honored by Fly Rod and Reel in 1995 as it's "Angler of the Year," Rusty is very active on the conservation front with the Anglers of the Au Sable.

A NEW book, Seasons on the Au Sable, authored by Rusty Gates, is scheduled to be released the Opening Day of trout season, April 28, 2007. All proceeds from book sales will go to the Anglers of the Au Sable.

This is a huge opportunity to help out the Anglers of the Au Sable while getting some insider-tips for fishing the Au Sable. It's a great way to see when what bugs were hatching, and what fishing to expect for any given week. It's also a chance to be on the river daily, for those times you can't be there at all. The retail trade version will be $24.95. There is more information HERE.

Gator's Au Sable Tying Box

The shop is an authorized Orvis dealer and carries a full line of Orvis tackle and accessories. They also stock other top quality tackle brands such as Winston, Simms, Ross, Abel, Cortland and Scientific Anglers. Check out the Shop Specials too - you just might find a rare bamboo rod.

Of course, Gates Au Sable Lodge has guides who are full-time professionals and on the river every day. Their knowledge and skills will help you understand the techniques used to be successful. Float trips are available on the North Branch, Mainstream, South Branch, and Mio "Trophy Water" of the Au Sable, as well as the Manistee River.

Complete packages can be put together for corporate outings. These could include flyfishing classes to introduce your non-angling clients to the sport of flyfishing. Float trips would also be available in our classic Au Sable River Boat, allowing you to spend quality time on stream with your clients. Northern Michigan is also famous for its golf courses, many just minutes away from the lodge.

Easy to Find!

For those planning on attending the Fly Anglers Online Michigan Fish-In August 14th - 20th, 2006, Gates Au Sable Lodge will be 'home' for JC and the LadyFisher and others who will be flying in for the event. Make your reservations soon, there are only 14 rooms.

The rooms at the Lodge are open April through October.

Gates Au Sable Lodge
471 Stephan Bridge Road
Grayling, MI 49738
Phone: 989-348-8462
Fax: 989-348-2541
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