Au Gres

Au Gres, MI

Lat: 41° 1.207   Long: 082° 40.000

Quick Reference:

  • Port Type: Village
  • Monitors VHF: 9, 16
  • Charts: NOS 14863
  • Customs: No
  • Coast Guard
  • Transient Docking
  • Anchorage
  • Diesel
  • Gasoline
  • Potable Water
  • Pump Out
  • Washrooms
  • Showers
  • Laundry
  • Repair Services
  • Provisions
  • Pharmacy
  • Hospital/Clinic
  • Banks/ATM
  • Restaurants/Pubs
  • Shopping
  • Internet
  • Amenities
  Important Numbers

Area Code989
Police(989 876-8811
Hospital(982) 532-4100
Pharmacy(989 876-8899


Port Distance (nm) Port Distance (nm)
Bay City, MI 28 S East Tawas, MI 24 N
Caseville, MI 20 E Harrisville, MI 53 N
Port Austin, MI 33 NE Kincardine, ON 103 E


As you can tell from it's name, the roots of Au Gres lie with early French adventurers who explored this are in the 18th century. The name derives from the French expression for 'sandstone'. The first permanent settlement took place following the Civil War and the local economy was based on lumbering. Today, the economic foundation of Au Gres is tourism.


The port of Au Gres is located approximately 2.5 nm up the Au Gres River. When approaching the entrance to the river mouth, stay about 1-2 nm offshore as the waters surrounding the entrance channel are shallow. The river entrance is approached via a channel .8 nm in length. The best place to begin your entry into Au Gres is the Gravelly Shoal Light, positioned approximately 5.3 nm due east from the channel entrance. From the Gravelly Shoal Light, lay a course of 270oT. This will bring you to the outer channel markers. Note: along that course line, you may encounter submerged net stakes.

The outer markers are a RED nun buoy marked "2" on your chart and a GREEN can buoy marked "1". At those bouys, alter your course to approximately 305o T. The channel entrance itself is marked by a Keep to the center of the channel. The depth drops to approximately 6 fr/2 m when you enter the river proper, about .8 nm from the channel entrance. Continuing up the river about .6 nm, you will find the Au Gres Yacht Club on your port. If you continue another .75 nm up the river, you will see the Au Gres State Harbor on your port.

If you continue up the river beyond the Au Gres Yacht Club, proceed slowly, expecially if your draft is approaching 6 ft. The river can get shallow. Just beyond the Au Gres State Harbor is the Hwy 23 bridge. Sail vessels cannot proceed further upstream.


Au Gres Yacht Club   (98) 876-8155  
The Au Gres Yacht Club lies approximately .6 nm up the river from its mouth, on the west side. The club has several slips available for transient sailors. There is a fuel dock (diesel and gasoline). There is no pumpout facility. Water and power are available. The club has a clubhouse with restrooms and showers.

Au Gres State Harbor   (989) 876-8729   VHF 9
The Au Gres State Harbor is located approximately .75 nm upriver from the Au Gres Yacht Club. There are 30 slips available on a first-come, first serve basis. There are no amenities at the State Harbor.


Inland Marine is located directly across from the Au Gres State Harbor. They are capable of carrying out a wide range of engine, mechanical, electrical and fibreglass repairs.

The Sunrise IGA Food Market is located by Highway 23, about 2 mi/3.6 km from the Au Gres Yacht Club.

Chemical Bank is located on Highway 23, about 2 mi/3.6 km from the Au Gres Yacht Club. It offers both counter and ATM service.


McLaren Hospital Au Gres Family Medicine(982) 532-4100 clinic is located on Highway 23, about 2 mi/3.6 km from the Au Gres Yacht Club.

IGA Pharmacy (989 876-8899) is located inside the Sunrise IGA Food Market, located on Highway 23, about 2 mi/3.6 km from the Au Gres Yacht Club.


Ali's Up North is located on Highway 23, about 2 mi/3.6 km from the Au Gres Yacht Club. It's menu includes steaks, pastas, seafood and general pub fare.

B's Family Restaurant serves up traditional home-style meals.


Au Gres is a small riverfront community in a beautiful natural setting, nestled along the Au Gres River near Saginaw Bay. It can be a lovely quiet stop over or a place to try your luck with tts fabulous walleye, bass and perch fishing.

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