Au Gres Chamber of Commerce

Au Gres is located in eastern Arenac County on US-23, just a few miles from the shores of Lake Huron. French explorers referred to the area as having "gritty stone," hence the name Au Gres. John Edward Bradley is considered to be the father of the town, building the Bradley House in 1866 and becoming the first postmaster in 1867. It eventually incorporated as a village in 1905.


When you visit you will find a friendly community that offers a lot of outdoor recreation, pleasing sunrises and beautiful evenings. There are also several unique shops and restaurants in the area, as well as some small businesses and manufacturing facilities, including machinery and metal stamping.


A Michigan DNR boat launch provides easy access to Saginaw Bay and our exciting walley and perch fishing making Au Gres an ideal place to spend a few days just relaxing.


Au Gres' meaning and history: Au Gres means "of sandstone" because of the type of material on the river bottom. The City of Au Gres lies atop a glacial lake feature which consists of clay or shallow layers of sand over clay. In early years, Au Gres was considered a logging community; however, today the largest industry appears to be tourism. Both logging and tourism are probably a direct result of the Au Gres River which runs through the City and the availability of the City to Saginaw Bay and Lake Huron. The theme of this area used to be "Timber to Tourist" but now Au Gres is known as "The Perch Capital."

Au Gres is going to be featured in Woods and Water magazine as well as on the World Fishing Network


City of Au Gres Fourth of July Fireworks Photo Gallery

Au Gres Chamber

PO Box 455 Au Gres

Michigan 48703 

(989) 876-6688

City of Au Gres

124 East Huron Road

Au Gres, MI 48703



Au Gres Township

1865 South Swenson Road
Au Gres, MI 48703




Sims Township

4489 E Huron Rd

Au Gres, MI 48703



Whitney Township

1515 N Huron Rd.

Tawas City, MI 48763