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Au Gres, Michigan

 

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Early French Explorers named Point Au Gres from the "gritty stone" in the region. The first settlers were workers on the Saginaw-AuSable State Road which reached here about 1862. John Bradley, the first permanent settler, built the Bradley House in 1866. The Post Office opened in 1867 and Mr. Bradley as postmaster; incorporated as a city in 1905. Au Gres is located a few miles inland from Lake Huron along the Au Gres River in Arenac County. The marina situated at the river mouth and channel running a couple of miles to town provide facilities for boating and fishing enthusiasts. The city campground and park located on the river provides accommodations for campers and family picnics. A picturesque arched bridge links the city campground to the downtown area. Au Gres has several unique shops and restaurants, as well as some small manufacturing facilties. Population: 838. City Offices: 124 W. Huron Rd., Au Gres, MI 48703, (989) 876-881.

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ATTRACTIONS:  Amusement Parks, Casinos, Farms & Mills, Historic Sites, Lighthouses, Museums, Planetariums, Tours, Waterfalls, Wineries, and Zoos

Arenac County Historical Society Museum, 304 East Michigan Avenue, Au Gres, MI 48703, Phone: (989) 876-6399. Artifacts dating back to the 1800's, home setting, such as a parlor and children's rooms are featured, items pertaining to Indian, lumbering in Arenac county, farming, and schools.

AuGres Water Funland, 167 N. Water St at US 23, Au Gres, MI 48703, Phone: (989) 793-1727

Charity Island Light, Offshore west of AuGres, Michigan on Big Charity Island. Charity Island Light was established in 1857. 7 miles off the shore at Point Lookout in Glennwood Beach, 14 miles from East Tawas Marina/State Park.

Charity Island Lighthouse & Bed & Breakfast, 3660 E. Huron Road, Big Charity Island, Au Gres, MI 48703, Phone: (989) 876-8929

Charity Island Transport, Inc. & Excursions [Bed & Breakfast, Dinner Cruises, Tours & Excursions], P.O. Box 171, Au Gres, MI 48703, Phone: (989) 254-7710

Gravely Shoal Lighthouse, Coastline, Au Gres, MI 48703, Phone: (517) 876-8811. Point Lookout juts from the shore on the western shore of Lake Huron, approximately half-way between the mouth of the Saginaw River and Tawas Point. With only five to eighteen feet above it, Gravely Shoal extends some 3 miles southeasterly from Point Lookout towards Big Charity Island. To help guide down-bound vessels headed for Saginaw Bay through the deeper water lying between the southeast end of Gravelly Shoal and Big Charity.

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Modern Craft Winery [Wineries & Vineyards] 2760 E. Booth Rd., AuGres, MI 48703, Phone: (989) 876-0270

Wigwam Bay Wildlife Area [Wildlife Viewing Area] - Michigan Department of Natural Resources (989) 697-5101.  Closest Towns: Standish, Au Gres. From Standish, take Pine River Road east about 3.5  miles to Arenac State Road. Turn left (north) and drive about  1.5 miles to Stover Road (County Road 58). Continue east about  3.5 miles to the site entrance on the right.  More than 900 acres of wetlands occur on this 3,023-acre state wildlife area. An extensive network of gravel-topped dikes in the wetlands is open to foot traffic all year. The remainder of the site is primarily undeveloped hardwood forest and small forest openings.  Wigwam Bay is an outstanding site for viewing shorebirds, wading birds, waterfowl, and gulls. Unique or rare wetland bird species such as black terns, Forster’s terns, Caspian terns, yellow-headed blackbirds, American and least bitterns, sandhill cranes, common moorhens, and northern harriers are also found here. Bald eagles nest here, and are often seen soaring or sitting in perches along the dikes. Come in the spring for an excellent opportunity to see nesting snapping turtles.  Although the actual nesting is usually done under cover of darkness, a walk along the dikes in early morning will often reveal the two mounds of freshly dug earth that are characteristic of snapping turtle nests. It is also common to see the remains of nests that have been pilfered by raccoons and skunks. Mink, beaver, and otters are regularly seen. The occasional bobcat is also found.

DINING 0UT:  Breweries, Dinner Trains & Cruises, Restaurants, and Wineries

B's Family Restaurant [American Cuisine Restaurants], 111 S Huron Rd, Au Gres, MI 48703, Phone: (989) 876-8311

Charity Island Transport, Inc. & Excursions [Bed & Breakfast, Dinner Cruises, Tours & Excursions], P.O. Box 171, Au Gres, MI 48703, Phone: (989) 254-7710

Dunleavy's Eatery and Pub [Restaurant & Pub], 110 East Huron, Au Gres, MI 48703, Phone: (989) 876-7022

H & H Bakery and Restaurant of Au Gres, Inc., 604 East Huron Road, Au Gres, MI 48703, Phone: (989) 876-7144

Harbor Pizzeria [Pizzerias}, 2426 E Huron Rd, Au Gres, MI 48703, Phone: (989) 876-8188

PLACES TO STAY:  Apartments, Bed & Breakfasts, Cabins & Cottages, Condominiums, Historic Inns, Hotels & Motels, Resorts and Vacation Homes

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Americas Best Value Harbor Inn - Au Gres, 324 East Huron (US-23), Au Gres, MI 48703, Phone: (989) 876-8131

Beach Music, 4276 Sag-A-Bay Drive, AuGres, MI 48703, Phone: (989) 362-3300

Charity Island Lighthouse & Bed & Breakfast, 3660 E. Huron Road, Big Charity Island, Au Gres, MI 48703, Phone: (989) 876-8929

Charlie's Lakefront Lodge, Michigan Avenue, Au Gres, MI 48703, Phone: (989) 362-3300

Close to the Beach, Au Gres, MI 48703, Phone: (248) 379-4558

Cozy Cove Resort, 194 North Huron, Au Gres, MI 48703, Phone: (989) 876-8154

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Northport Condominium Campground, 3676 E. Huron Rd., Au Gres, Michigan 48703, Phone: (989) 876-8931

Pinewood Lodge, 510 W. Huron Road, Au Gres, MI 48703, Phone: (989)876-4060

Rooster Inn Bed & Breakfast [Bed & Breakfasts], 198 N. Tonkey Road, Au Gres, MI 48703, Phone: (989) 876-6630

White Stone Pointe Resort, 766 E Shady Ln, Au Gres, MI 48703, Phone: (989) 876-2775

COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS:  Business, Civic, Clubs, Colleges, Fraternal, Independent Schools, Political, Public Schools, Religious, Social,  Universities, Veteran, etc.

AuGres Area Chamber of Commerce [Chambers of Commerce], P.O Box 455, Au Gres, MI 48703, Phone: (989) 876-6688

Eastern Arenac Sportsman's Club [Gun Range], P.O. Box 911, Au Gres, MI 48703, Phone: (989) 867-4555

VFW Post 8275 [Veterans Organizations], 3651 E Huron Rd, Au Gres, MI 48703, Phone: (989) 876-8717

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INDOOR & OUTDOOR RECREATION:  Beaches, Biking, Boating, Bowling, Camping, Dog-sledding, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking, Hunting, Kayaking, ORVing, Nature & Parks, Scuba Diving & Snorkling, Skating & Hockey, Skiing, Sports Rentals, Snowmobiling, Snowshoeing.

Absolutlee Fishing Charters [Sport Fishing Charters], 4123 E. Michigan Ave, Au Gres, MI 48703, Phone: (989) 876-4729

Au Gres Yacht Club [Marina], Midshipman Drive, Au Gres, MI 48704, Phone: (989) 746-9173

Bluebird Fishing Charters [Sport Fishing Charters], P.O. Box 227, Au Gres, MI 48703, Phone: (989) 876-6469

Captain Ron’s Charters [Sport Fishing Charters], 6517 Duffield, Swartz Creek, MI 48473, Phone: (989)  666-7318

Carters Charters [Sport Fishing Charters],  P.O. Box 735, Au Gres, MI 48703, Phone: (989) 876-2048

Eastern Arenac Sportsman's Club [Gun Range], P.O. Box 911, Au Gres, MI 48703, Phone: (989) 867-4555

Huron Breeze Golf Club [Golf Courses], 5200 Huron Breeze Drive, Au Gres, MI 48703, Phone: (989) 876-6868

Jireh Fishing Charters [Sport Fishing Charters], 537 S. Detroit St., Au Gres, MI 48703, Phone: (616) 293-1309

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Point Au Gres Marina & Campground, 2325 Green Dr, Au Gres, MI 48703, (989) 876-7314

Port Au Gres Sports Center [Personal Watercraft Rentals], 3674 E Huron Rd, Au Gres, MI 48703, Phone: (989) 876-8587

Termar Charters [Sport Fishing Charters], 222 Grim Rd., Bentley, MI 48613, Phone: (989) 846-8318

Trophy Specialist Fishing Charters [Sport Fishing Charters], 15555 Cassidy Rd, Chelsea, MI 48118, Phone: (734) 475-9146

Whitestone Trading Post [Guns & Gunsmiths], 763 N Huron Rd, Au Gres, MI 48703, Phone: (989) 876-7417

Willette's Deer Processing [Game Meat Processing], 618 Nearman Road, Au Gres, MI 48703, Phone: (989) 876-6966

Wright's Sports Store [Guns & Gunsmiths, Fishing Tackle, Sporting Goods], 100 N Huron Rd., Au Gres, MI 48703, Phone: (989) 876-8720

SERVICES:  Building, Dental, Personal, Professional, Medical, Real Estate, Rental, Repair, etc.

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Gordons Tree Service [Tree Services], 5622 N Hammel Beach Road, Au Gres, MI 48703, Phone: (989) 876-6484

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HITS - 103.3 FM [Radio Station],  523 Meadows, Tawas City, MI 49730, Phone: (989) 362-3417

Michigan Sunrise Tours [Tours & Excursions], P.O. Box 171, Au Gres, MI 48703, Phone: (989) 737-2547

Oscoda Community Based Outpatient Clinic [VA Medical Facilities], 5671 Skeel Avenue, Suite 4, Oscoda, MI 48750, Phone:( 989) 747-0026

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TechArt [Computer Sales & Service], 5710 Clouse Road, Glennie, MI 48737, Phone: (989) 735-2997

Walker Agency [Insurance Agencies], 250 S. Main, Au Gres, M I48703 , Phone: (989) 8760-7131

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WIOS - 1480 AM [Radio Station], 523 Meadows, Tawas City, MI 49730, Phone: (989) 362-3417

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WKJC - 104.7 FM [Radio Station], 523 Meadows, Tawas City, MI 49730, Phone: (989) 362-3417

SHOPPING:  Antique Shops & Flea Markets, Art & Craft Galleries, Florists, Gift Shops, Outlet Malls, Shopping Centers, Shopping Districts, and Specialty Shops

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Art in the Loft at Gallery 109 [Art & Craft Galleries, Specialty Shops], 109 North Second Avenue, Suite #300, Alpena, MI 49707, Phone: (989) 356-4877

Bernard Building Center [Building Centers/Lumber Yards], 808 E. Huron, Au Gres, MI 48703, Phone: (989) 876-7114

Chicken Coop Shoppe [Homemade Gifts & Home Decor], 198 N. Tonkey Road, Au Gres, MI 48703, Phone: (989) 876-6630

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Downtown Au Gres Farmer’s Market [Farm Markets], US-23, Au Gres, MI 48703, Phone: (989) 876-8811

Modern Craft Winery [Wineries & Vineyards] 2760 E. Booth Rd., AuGres, MI 48703, Phone: (989) 876-0270

Roger's Nursery [Garden Centers & Nurseries], 2288 E Huron Rd., Au Gres, MI 48703, Phone: (989) 876-7113

Wright's Sports Store [Guns & Gunsmiths, Fishing Tackle, Sporting Goods], 100 N Huron Rd., Au Gres, MI 48703, Phone: (989) 876-8720

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