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Wed, Jun 12


Wa Wa Sum Lodge

Trip: Au Sable River, Michigan

Discover the historic waters of Grayling, Michigan! Stay at the iconic Wa Wa Sum Lodge on the Au Sable River, the birthplace of TU. Enjoy catered meals, engage in a meaningful service project, and chase the famous Brown Drake and Hex hatches.

Trip: Au Sable River, Michigan
Trip: Au Sable River, Michigan

Time & Location

Jun 12, 2024, 5:00 PM – Jun 16, 2024, 5:00 PM

Wa Wa Sum Lodge, Grayling, MI 49738, USA

About the event

Event details are still being finalized and are subject to change.

Trip Details:

Location: Grayling, MI

Accommodations:  Wa Wa Sum Lodge

Contact: Doug Conover,

Dates:  June 12th-16th, 2024

RSVP: To join this historic and exhilarating fishing trip, please contact Doug Conover. Advance payment is required to secure your reservation.


Immerse yourself in the rich history and superb fishing of Grayling, Michigan, the birthplace of Trout Unlimited. Stay in the century-old Wa Wa Sum Lodge, located right on the 'Holy Waters' of the Au Sable River. This five-day trip offers an unparalleled opportunity to fish across the diverse branches of the Au Sable and Upper Manistee Rivers, including the chance to experience the renowned Brown Drake and Hex hatches.


  • Varied Fishing: Explore all three branches of the Au Sable and the Upper Manistee, with opportunities to fish for various species and in different hatches.
  • Historical Connection: Experience the legacy of Trout Unlimited while relaxing in the same rocking chairs on the Wa Wa Sum Lodge porch where its founders once sat.
  • Catered Meals: Enjoy catered breakfasts and dinners, perfect for starting and ending your fishing days.
  • Service Project: Participate in a service project one morning, contributing to local conservation efforts.
  • Evening Hatches: Experience the thrill of fishing during the evening hatches, a highlight for many anglers.

Lodging and Amenities:

The Wa Wa Sum Lodge offers a rustic and historical setting with shared bedrooms and bathrooms, accommodating both couples and individuals.


Pricing for 2024 is still being finalized. The trip cost has historically been about $375 and covered four nights' lodging, four breakfasts, three dinners, and a donation to Michigan State University's fisheries program.

Travel Information:

The lodge is approximately a 5.5-hour drive from Chicago, making it an accessible retreat for a long weekend.

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