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Our June Chapter outing was a joint venture with Glen Eberly and the North Branch Association Group. We probably had more guys then we needed for the Morley Rd access site but either way..............  A great outing to repair the Morley rd site and no one had to work too hard!
 
I had contacted Glen Eberly in late 2014 asking if he had a river project he could use some help on. In Early 2015 Glen came back with his Morley Rd access site renovation proposal.  Both groups met at the site on Saturday Morning June 27th at 9AM to begin the project of rebuilding the access site. one of Glen's friends brought his tractor with a bucket.........what a time saver!!
 
The project was a tear out the old timbers and install new ones with back fill and a crushed lime stone topping, great project and great guys..............done!!  Glens guys were outstanding to work with so both groups agreed to take on a 2016 North Branch or Au Sable together.

Our 2015 season started off with our annual "Fishing Only" outing. The Riverview Lodge is always a great place to start off our year but unfortunately this time the weather was a typical Michigan spring, colder then normal, windy and some rain to complete the picture! To see some pictures click here.

 

Our 2015 season started off with our annual "Fishing Only" outing. The Riverview Lodge is always a great place to start off our year but unfortunately this time the weather was a typical Michigan spring, colder then normal, windy and some rain to complete the picture!  Weather like that throws a bit of a "wet blanket" over the fishing but as always the conversations at the lodge when the guys get back kind of tones down everyones attitude about the bad Michigan weather. While no one can do much about it or the fishing we can always depend on the great Riverview lodge and it's fireplace to be waiting for all of us to return from our day on the river. Soon the guys start to show up with some stories to tell and from there we all start to relax, have a few drinks and end our first day on the Au Sable River.
 

Before 2011, Davis Rest, an access site on the Au Sable below Mio and Cummins Flats, was an erosion site with a pit toilet -- a well-built pit toilet. The Challenge Chapter submitted proposals to the U. S. Forest Service for steps, and started work in 2012. There's a picture below of the site before the project, and there are 14 pictures of how it looked in August, 2013. The project required two summers of work because a bank upstream from the steps started to collapse the year fter the staris were built. We went back again with the Forest Service's help and added some coconut fiber "logs" and some trees to protect the bank from being undermined by high water.

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