Canoe Marathon to be Canceled


To the editor:
The decision to cancel this year’s festival and race festivities does not come easily, however, with the uncertainty that we are all facing at these times, concern for the health and safety of community members, volunteers, guests to our community, stability of the business community, along with the current guidelines set by the Governor to reopen Michigan, we are unable to predict the state of our economy and health of our region for July 2020. Therefore, our team of festival and race officials, local authorities and emergency management team made the tough decision to cancel the 2020 AuSable River Festival and 2020 Consumers Energy AuSable River Canoe Marathon.

We would like to thank our community members, vendors, past attendees, racers, volunteers, sponsors, and partners for their support. Without the support of all these players, the AuSable River Festival and Consumers Energy AuSable River Canoe Marathon would not be possible.

We hope to see everyone on the river and lakes, enjoying the trails, and patronizing our local businesses throughout the summer!

Please follow AuSable River Festival on Facebook and at for upcoming 2021 festival information and AuSable River Canoe Marathon on Facebook and at for upcoming 2021 race information.

We wish you good health and safety in these uncertain times and look forward to seeing you next summer!

AuSable River Festival Committee
Consumers Energy AuSable River Canoe Marathon Committees
Grayling Regional Chamber of Commerce
City of Grayling
Crawford County Sheriff’s Department
Crawford County Emergency Management