Located on the Middle Branch of the Au Sable River and the Mackinac Division of the Michigan Central Railroad, Grayling was platted in 1874 by the railroad. It was named for the fish once plentiful in the Au Sable River. The picturesque wooden houses of Peninsular Avenue best express the architecture of this city in the woods. The Grayling State Fish Hatchery established in 1914 on the East Branch of the Au Sable River at 4890 W. North Down River Road was sold to Crawford County in 1995. The Grayling Recreation Authority manages a small section as a nature museum and the Grayling Fish Hatchery Museum Committee works in partnership with others in efforts to preserve the natural resources that derive from the river and adjacent lands and to interpret the history of the Au Sable and Manistee River valleys.
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