Six Autumn Experiences for a Fall Getaway in the Oscoda Area

This summer has been a memorable one, but we can’t wait for fall! Whether you want to enjoy the changing leaves or learn about unique Michigan history, the Oscoda area offers an unforgettable experience. Read more on just six of the many things to check out when visiting Oscoda, via The Oscoda Area Convention and Visitors Bureau.

The chance to experience Michigan’s beauty doesn’t end once fall brings about seasonal changes.

Photo Courtesy of The Oscoda Convention and Visitors Bureau

Photo Courtesy of The Oscoda Convention and Visitors Bureau

The lush greens of spring and summer turn to hues of orange, yellow and brown. Sandals, shorts and T-shirts are replaced by walking shoes, jackets and long pants to more comfortably explore Michigan’s natural beauty.

One perfect Michigan destination for day trippers and weekend explorers is the Oscoda area. Located on the east side of the state and on the south side of the Au Sable River in Iosco County, the Oscoda area features some of the state’s signature sites and experiences.

Here are some sites and experiences the Oscoda area offers for you next Pure Michigan adventure:

  • The 22-mile River Road National Scenic Byway is a great way to take in all the color Northeast Michigan has to offer. It stretches westward from Lake Huron into the Huron-Manistee National Forests. While visiting, don’t forget to drop by the 14-foot bronze Lumberman’s Monument statue and its accompanying visitor’s center. Travelers will also find numerous recreation opportunities, from motorized trails for off-road vehicles to quiet hiking trails.
  • The Iargo Springs Interpretive Site, also located on the River Road Scenic Byway, offers a breathtaking view of the Au Sable River Valley from its observation deck that is 300 feet above the river. The adventurous can also walk down a flight of 294 steps to experience where the underground springs come together and form cold water streams.
Photo Courtesy of The Oscoda Convention and Visitors Bureau

Photo Courtesy of The Oscoda Convention and Visitors Bureau

  • There are more than 3,500 acres of Michigan hiking trails in and around the Oscoda area. Visitors can head out on the Reid Lake Trail and see natural sites like a beaver pond, marshes and bogs, as well as an abundance of birds and wildlife. The Highbanks Trail is a 7-mile trail that gives hikers and backpackers a great view of the Au Sable River. The Highbanks Trail is also where you’ll see the MCRA Canoer’s Memorial Monument, which was erected in memory of canoe racers who have died.
Photo Courtesy of George Falkenhagen of Oscoda

Photo Courtesy of George Falkenhagen of Oscoda

  • The Au Sable and Oscoda Historical Society and Museum is where you’ll find Native American artifacts, as well as information about the region’s history concerning commercial fishing, ship wrecks and the railroad industry. The museum also has information about the Au Sable River, its dams and the notorious fire of 1911 that caused mass destruction to the community.
  • The Au Sable River Queen is the only paddle-wheel boat that runs from summer into fall, allowing passengers to take in the autumn colors from its decks. Passengers can enjoy a two-hour round trip on the Au Sable River, but should dress warm for those fall evenings and call in advance to reserve a spot.
  • Paul Bunyan Days will be held September 23-25 in downtown Oscoda. Come on out and bring the whole family for a day of fun, including carnival rides, craft vendors, a classic car show, a pie eating contest, kids activities and a hospitality tent with live music Friday night and Saturday night from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. There is a $5.00 admission fee, but children 16 and under can enter for free. Gates open Friday from 4 p.m.-10 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Call 989-739-0900 for more information.

For more information about the Oscoda area and the attractions you’ll find there, go to www.oscoda.com.

What do you plan to do in the Oscoda area this fall?

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

Michigan’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.

Oscoda is a paradise destination on the coast of Lake Huron

Photo Courtesy of Jennifer Bailey

1. 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.

 2. 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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3. 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 Huron’s 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. While you’re there, be sure to check out the 33rd Annual Art on the Beach where there will be more than 150 artisans display and sell their handmade arts, crafts and hobbies.

Don't miss the 33rd Annual Art on the Beach

Art on the Beach is the can’t-miss event of the summer in Oscoda

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?

To 4th of July and Beyond: Summer-fun Oscoda Events for the Entire Family

Photo Courtesy of the Oscoda Area Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Photo Courtesy of the Oscoda Area Convention and Visitors Bureau.

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.

Fourth of July Celebrations

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

Photo Courtesy of the Oscoda Area Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Photo Courtesy of the Oscoda Area Convention and Visitors Bureau.

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.

Ausable National Scenic River

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Photo Courtesy of the Oscoda Area Convention and Visitors Bureau.

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.

Iargo Springs

Photo Courtesy of the Oscoda Area Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Photo Courtesy of the Oscoda Area Convention and Visitors Bureau.

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.

Sunrise Side Wine & Hops Trail

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Photo Courtesy of the Oscoda Area Convention and Visitors Bureau.

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.

Reid Lake Foot Trail

Photo Courtesy of the Oscoda Area Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Photo Courtesy of the Oscoda Area Convention and Visitors Bureau.

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?