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 some fun ways to get your feet wet and enjoy the sun, sand and fresh air in Oscoda.

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. Pro Tip: 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.

Oscoda is a paradise destination on the coast of Lake Huron
Photo Courtesy of Jennifer Bailey


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.


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. For the kids - and kids-at-heart! - spend a day at Oscoda Beach Park swimming, skateboarding, playing on the playground, or just relaxing with a view of Lake Huron. While you're in town, be sure to check out the annual “Art on the Beach” beach event the last weekend in June, featuring handmade arts, crafts and hobbies from more than 150 artisans.

Art On The Beach


4. Enjoy the Night
Love movies? You won’t want to miss “Starry Nights at the Pier” beginning July 5. Grab a lawn chair, blanket, and some popcorn and enjoy a movies under the stars along the beautiful Oscoda waterfront.

Starry Night Summer Movie Series

4. Stay Awhile
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!