Things to Do in Oscoda During the Summer

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.

Hikers on River Dune
Au Sable River | Photo Courtesy of Pure Michigan

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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. Within the area, is Oscoda.

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

1. Splash Along 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. Enjoy a leisurely ride with the AuSable River Queen, a paddlewheel riverboat, or canoe the river with Oscoda Canoe Rental, for an afternoon or week-long trip.

2. Fish the Day Away

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, spend some time talking with the locals to determine what lures are hot and what is being caught.

3. Sink Your Toes in the Sand

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. Or spend a day at Three Mile Beach Park, with grills and picnic spots.

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 like the Miami Beach Resort Oscoda or the Lake Trail Resort.

5. Explore Nature

The Tuttle Marsh Wildlife Area is a 5,000-acre area surrounded by hundreds of acres of wetlands, full of birds like Herons, Bitterns and other shore birds. Or on a rainy day, head to Lumberman’s Monument Visitor Center to learn about the history of the lumberman that developed the area, and see the monument with its magnificent backdrop.