Wa Wa Sum Outing

Every year, the chapter holds an annual outing to the historic Wa Wa Sum Lodge on the banks of the Main Stream of the AuSable’s “holy waters” just east of Grayling. Cost is $_____ per person/night with a minimum of $_____ for the group. There will also be a short Chapter meeting.

Here is some information on the Wa Wa Sum Lodge courtesy of MSU

Wa Wa Sum is a Michigan State University research and conference facility located on the AuSable 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 AuSable guide and woodsman. At that time, because of the extensive logging of the regions 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 beyond the river. Chief Shoppenagon built the first building at the camp, now known as the Dining Room, in 1880. In 1897, Rubin Babbit, an AuSable 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 businessmen. Other cabins of various sizes were added in later years: The Bullpen (1907); the Big Camp (1921/22); the Bam and Guides Cabin (early 1930’s).

The buildings and 251 acres of land were deeded to MSU in 1980 by owners Virginia Secor Stranahan and Frank Bell, descendants of two of the camps six original owners. Kevin Gardiner, a descendant of Rubin Babbit, is the camps present caretaker. He is the third generation of his family to perform these duties.