For 200-milers on Friday, the day before the race. Au Gres Area lodging options below. Also check West Branch, Standish, Tawas City, Bay City and area rental homes through VRBO, Airbnb, HomeAway, etc. Need restaurant options or other help? Try the Au Gres Chamber of Commerce site. See the race information page for details about a potential spaghetti dinner for riders and their families Friday evening.
For 100-Milers on Friday and 200-milers on Saturday. There are lots of good options near Stearns Park in Ludington and downtown restaurants and breweries. Read the fine print regarding cancellation policies as some are longer term vacation rentals with stricter policies. For campgrounds or to sleep in your vehicle (not allowed at Stearns Park at finish), Cartier Park Campground is the closest option, just 1 mile north.
Also, if necessary or for more of a wilderness experience, consider staying a bit further away than Ludington such as at free, dispersed camping in the Manistee National Forest or the Pere Marquette River KOA (cabins, etc.). If you are headed south after the race (or north on Friday before the race), consider searching in Pentwater, Hart, Grand Rapids, Muskegon, etc.
For volunteers or support crews wishing to camp Friday and/or Saturday nights at Big M, your closest option is Pine Lake Campground, 5 miles east of Big M. Big M does not allow overnight camping.
Church Floor Space (for 200-mile riders on Friday)
St. Mark Catholic Church
415 S Court St, Au Gres, MI 48703 (4 miles north of the start)
Bathrooms and basic kitchen, but no showers, bring small air mattress/pad if needed
Reserve floor space for $5 per person through BikeReg (system will link it to an existing entry automatically if the name and email is the same). Potential Friday night spaghetti dinner-see the race info page.
Campgrounds (for 200-mile riders on Friday)
Pt Au Gres Marina and Campground (at check-in/start, including rustic tent sites in the woods area or on the marina pier. No RSVPS – just pay $5 per person when you get there; plenty of space)
2325 Green Drive, Au Gres, MI 48703
989-876-7314 | Website
Pt. Au Gres Park (rustic cabins and campground just south of start, on Lake Huron)
3177 S. Rumsey Rd., Au Gres, MI 48703
989-876-4146 | Website
Hotels, Bed & Breakfasts, Cottages
Crystal Sands Beach Resort (full for 2023)
1238 N Huron Rd, between Au Gres and Tawas City
989-876-7317 | Website