Michigan in the summer provides memories no one will forget. Swimming in the Great Lakes, hiking along beautiful trails and ending the day at a family barbecue. Today, the Oscoda Area Convention and Visitors Bureau tells us exciting ways to celebrate the Fourth of July and activities to enjoy over the summer on Michigan’s sunrise side.
11 a.m. – Take a guided nature walk at the Lumberman’s Monument. You will hear interesting facts about the areas lumbering past, while enjoying the wonderful sights.
12 p.m. – Enjoy a picnic lunch before heading to the downtown celebration parade at the American Legion. It’s just $5 for a delicious meal and free to members.
1 p.m. – Watch the magnificent parade in downtown Oscoda on US 23 beginning at Cedar Lake Elementary School and heading south to Mill St.
6 p.m. – Come out and enjoy a community picnic at the Oscoda Beach Park. Either bring your own delicious treats or come to enjoy ours. There will be games, sandcastle building and so much more.
7 p.m. – Concerts on the lawn are a summer tradition. The Tawas Bay Players Singers will perform at the Oscoda Beach Park. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy the summer jams. Pop and popcorn will be available to purchase.
Sunset – For an end to a perfect day, sit back and enjoy the fireworks display over beautiful Lake Huron at the Oscoda Beach Park. The Oscoda Lions Club and Oscoda Rotary Club will be selling hot dogs, chips and soft drinks. It will be a sight the entire family won’t want to miss.
Eagle’s Nest Overlook is one of the most famous overlooks in the Huron National Forest. A pair of eagle’s have called it home since 1985. A summer day where one can’t see eagles soaring over Cooke Pond is rare. So bring your binoculars and view one of the most spectacular sights in Pure Michigan.
The AuSable National Scenic River is a 23-mile portion of the AuSable River that stretches from Mio to Alcona Pond. The river receives national recognition for its outstanding and remarkable scenic, recreational, biological and historical values. Byway travelers will find abundant of recreation opportunities, from motorized trails for off-road vehicles and snowmobiles to quiet trails for hiking and cross-country skiing. For a more relaxed experience, visitors will enjoy the lush forest and breathtaking vistas from the many scenic overlooks along the route.
The Iargo Springs lies adjacent to River Road and has been used continuously since pre-settlement times as a drinking source. Tradition has it that government surveyors named the site in the 1840s, having gotten the name from the local Indians who used the location for tribal powwows. This spot provides a spectacular panoramic view of the AuSable River and large natural springs. Go on a hike up to the spring area boardwalk, observation deck and read explanation signs along the way.
Known for its location and convenience, Sunrise Side Wine & Hops Trail Alliance entices thousands of visitors each year to experience over a dozen wineries, locally crafted brewmeisters, and attractions. Wine and hops aficionados will discover beautiful scenic views, one of a kind attractions, eateries and quaint towns rich in history and flavor. Spend a day or more traveling through Michigan’s friendly Sunrise Coast.
Once part of a northern Michigan farm, this 3,000 acre tract includes forested uplands, swamp hardwoods, beaver impoundments, marsh and open lake areas. Wildlife abounds including deer, turkey, beaver, birds and fish. The forest in the area is primarily hardwoods and creates a small, remote, lake environment. The lake is a small, 13-acre, with a variety of fish. Twelve miles of gently rolling trail will lead you around Reid Lake.
What are some of your favorite summer activities in Oscoda?