3 Ways to Get Your Feet Wet along Michigan’s Sunrise Coast

Sunrise2Michigan’s Sunrise Coast stretches from Au Gres to Rogers City along the blue waters of Lake Huron.  This picturesque Northeast coast of Michigan has pristine beaches, spectacular views and endless outdoor activities.

With more than 20 miles of sandy beaches, the Au Sable River and 35 thousand acres of unique trails, the Oscoda area is a great destination for your summer vacation bucket list.

Here are three ways to get your feet wet and enjoy the sun, sand and fresh air in Oscoda.

Explore Oscoda’s Water Trails 

Take in the beautiful scenery and catch a glimpse of wildlife in their native habitat during a canoeing or kayaking trip along the mighty Au Sable River.  The Au Sable is one of North America’s best canoeing rivers and runs through Northern Lower Michigan.

Whether you’re looking for a two-hour trip or a weeklong adventure, it’s an adventure you won’t want to miss.

 Go Fish 

If you’re looking for a trophy size fish, Oscoda is the right place for you.  The area is known for walleye fishing, but the Au Sable River and other inner lakes and streams attract trout, salmon and perch.

Once you decide where you want to fish, ,make sure you stop by the local bait shops and spend some time talking with the locals to determine what lures are hot and what is being caught.

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Life’s a Beach

The pristine beaches along Lake Huron, the Au Sable River, Cedar Lake and Van Etten Lake offer something for everyone.

Want a quiet afternoon taking in the sights and sounds of nature? Take in a sunrise at Huron Sunrise Park, along the Lake Michigan shoreline. Stay for a picnic, wildlife observation, swimming or fishing.

Kids and kids-at-heart can spend a day at Oscoda Beach Park swimming, skateboarding, playing on the playground and more.

If you want to take your boat out for a day on the lake, take off from Van Etten Beach Park. This park is a fresh water lake that has all the recreation activities for swimming, boating, water skiing, wave running and of course, fishing.

After all that exploring, you’ll want a place to rest your head.  Oscoda has everything from cottages, Bed and Breakfast resorts and hotels – many of them with views along Lake Huron.

From relaxing on the beach to fishing for walleyes in the lakes and rivers, Oscoda offers endless outdoor recreation activities. It’s perfect for your next family vacation!

What are you looking forward to doing in Oscoda this summer?

Think Warm Thoughts With These 10 Photos From The 2015 Spring/Summer Travel Guide

While our Pure Michigan winter wonderland is still in full swing, think warm thoughts by planning your summer vacation with the newly released 2015 Official State Travel Guide. This free guide, printed in Midland, highlights a variety of attractions and activities to enjoy across the state throughout this spring and summer.

The full color publication will also be offered in a digital edition, which will allows you to access the guide right from your computer, tablet or smartphone. The digital version offers interactive features, including videos, slideshows and a real-time feed of travel stories from our blog.

Feature stories in this year’s spring/summer guide include National Treasures, featuring Michigan’s five national parks, 10 Ways to Love Lake Huron, My Kind of Beach to help visitors find their perfect Michigan beach and Golf Style highlighting golf courses throughout the state. Other stories in the guide highlight Detroit, Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, paddling the Au Sable River and pet friendly destinations.

You can request a copy of the 2015 Official State Travel Guide on michigan.org or by calling toll-free at (888) 784-7328. The guide will also be available at the 14 Michigan Welcome Centers across the state. 

Here’s a sneak peek at a few of the beautiful photographs featured in the guide to get us thinking spring in Pure Michigan!

Overlooking Tahquamenon Falls

Photo courtesy of Midwest Living/Terri Ketcham

Photo courtesy of Midwest Living/Per Breiehagen

Lovers Leap.  Kayaking along Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

Photo courtesy of Midwest Living/Terri Ketcham

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Tall Ships at the Michigan Maritime Museum in South Haven

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Photo courtesy of Midwest Living/Johnny Quirin

Aerial view of Keweenaw National Historic Park

Photo courtesy of Midwest Living/Terri Ketcham

Photo courtesy of Midwest Living/Bob Stefko

Silver Lake Sand Dunes ORV Park

Photo courtesy of Midwest Living/Terri Ketcham

Photo courtesy of Midwest Living/Jason Lindsey

Bayview Mackinac Yacht Race off Mackinac Island

Photo courtesy of Midwest Living/Terri Ketcham

Photo courtesy of Midwest Living/Jason Lindsey

Windmill Island Gardens in Holland, MI

Photo courtesy of Midwest Living/Terri Ketcham

Photo courtesy of Midwest Living/Johnny Quirin

Castle Falls in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula

Photo courtesy of Midwest Living/Terri Ketcham

Photo courtesy of Midwest Living/Jason Lindsey

Turnip Rock near Port Austin

Photo courtesy of Midwest Living/Johnny Quirin

Photo courtesy of Midwest Living/Johnny Quirin

Enjoying the day at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

Photo courtesy of Midwest Living/Terri Ketcham

Photo courtesy of Midwest Living/Tony Demin

Where in Pure Michigan are you planning to visit this spring or summer? 

Twelve Photos You’ll Find Inside the 2015 Pure Michigan Calendar

The holidays are fast approaching and it’s just about time to get shopping! The 2015 Pure Michigan Calendar makes a great gift for the Michigan-lover on your list. Whether you’re near or far from the Mitten State, this 12-month calendar showcases the best of Michigan’s remarkable year round scenery and is now available to order in the Pure Michigan Store.

Here’s a look at each month’s photo – including locations. Be sure to order yours today!

January: Jordan River – Photo courtesy of John McCormick

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February: Empire Bluff near Sleeping Bear DunesPhoto courtesy of John McCormick

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March: DetroitPhoto courtesy of Mike Boening

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April: Lake SuperiorPhoto courtesy of John McCormick

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May: Bay HarborPhoto courtesy of Brian Walters

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June: Grand HavenPhoto courtesy of Tom Roche

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July: Vaughn Lake – Photo courtesy of Neil Weaver

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August: Sugarloaf Mountain, MarquettePhoto courtesy of Laura Maynard

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September: Au Sable River – Photo courtesy of Tom Roche

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October: Lake SuperiorPhoto courtesy of John McCormick

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November: Lake PlumbagoPhoto courtesy of John McCormick

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December: Turnip Rock, Port AustinPhoto courtesy of John McCormick

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If you’re pressed for time this season or just not one to embrace the hustle and bustle of busy shopping areas, the Pure Michigan Store has a number of other Michigan-inspired gifts to help make holiday shopping a breeze.

Which month’s photo is your favorite? Share with us in the comments section below.