We have been wrestling with the event for some time. The lodge has not yet decided on operations for this season. That is a decision that will be made by Michigan State University who owns and operates Wa Wa Sum. We are expecting more information by the end of May.
We are setting some limitations for this year should lodge operations open. We have been in touch with the 7 individuals who have signed up to date. For this year we will limit attendance to 14 persons. That is Two persons per room. If you choose to attend and share a room, you must arrange your bunkmate prior to arrival. We are reserving the available lodging for Schrems members. We will not be providing any food or beverage this year and we will not be using the kitchen or dining room.
We expect everyone to come “self-contained”.
We have been asked about using a tent on site but that is not allowed by Wa Wa Sum.
The price per night will be $50 and not $60 as we are not including some meals and snacks.
We will not be gathering as a group as we have in the past. One point in our favor is that the lodge is vacant the Four days prior to our arrival. We want everyone to be safe while enjoying the Holy Waters.
Again, we are waiting on MSU to decide if Wa Wa Sum operates this summer.
We are now taking reservations for our annual membership outing at the Wa Wa Sum Lodge. The lodge is located on the banks of the Main Stream of the Au Sable’s fabled “holy waters,” just east of Grayling, Michigan.
Arrival is any time after noon on Thursday, June 18 with departure on Sunday, June 21. You may come for one, two or all three nights. This year’s rate with be $60.00 for one night, $120.00 for two nights, and $180.00 for three nights.
Due to MSU policy changes, registration is different this year. You’ll need to provide the name, address, email, and phone number for each person who is attending. Additionally, we require a $60 non-refundable deposit to reserve your space for the weekend. The $60 deposit will be applied to your first night of lodging. You can pay the remaining balance at Wa Wa Sum.
Please make your reservation using the form at the bottom of this page. Please select the $60 option for “Deposit Only” to reserve your spot.
The Wa Wa Sum Lodge is an historic log building with a great porch over looking the Au Sable River. Sleeping arrangements are dorm style, so bring your own bedding or sleeping bag and towels.
We will be providing cold breakfast foods for Friday and Sunday mornings. Our only organized meal will be a large hot breakfast on Saturday morning. We will have other snacks and lunch items available for you to make meals to take to the stream. Please bring your own beverages. There are many restaurants located nearby in Grayling and Gates Lodge is just down the road which offers a great sit-down restaurant option for breakfast, lunch or dinner as well as delicious to-go riverside meals. If you prefer preparing your own food, there is a grill available for your use at the lodge.
Mid-June is traditionally a great time for some of the best hatches of the season. You can fish right in front of the lodge on the Au Sable or venture to other areas of including the North Branch and South Branch of the Au Sable and the Manistee River. (NOTE: there is a good chance that the famous Hex Hatch will be on.) If still water fishing is of interest, Wakely Lake is nearby for bass and bluegills.
MORE INFORMATION ABOUT WA WA SUM (COURTESY OF MSU)
Wa Wa Sum is a Michigan State University research and conference facility located on the Au Sable River six miles east of Grayling. The name Wa Wa Sum means “Plain View” in the Ojibwa language and was given to the camp in 1905 by Chief David Shoppenagon, an Au Sable guide and woodsman. At the time, because of the extensive logging of the region’s pine forests, the view from the high bank on which the camp is built was unobstructed for miles to the South. Since then, the forests have regenerated, slowly obscuring the view of the river. Chief Shoppenagon built the first building at the camp, now known as the Dining Room, in 1880. In 1897, Rubin Babbitt, an Au Sable woodsman who later became Michigan’s first wildlife officer, built a second structure, now the Administration Building. These first buildings were constructed of red pine and tamarack logs and used as a fishing camp for a group of Toledo businessman. Other cabins of various sizes were added in later years: the Bullpen (1907), the Big Camp (1921/22), the Barn and the Guide’s Cabin (early 1930’s). The buildings and 251 acres of land were deeded to MSU in1980 by owners Virginia Secor Stranahan and Frank Bell, descendants of two of the camp’s six original owners. Kevin Gardiner, a descendant of Rubin Babbitt, is the camp’s present caretaker. He is the third generation of his family to perform these duties.