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Oscoda is located on the beautiful shores of Lake Huron in Iosco County. The area was settled when Edward Smith of the Smith, Kelly & Dwight Company bought land here in the late 1860’s. Originally named Au Sable the town was renamed based on the writings of Henry Schoolcraft, who named it after the Indian words “ossim” and ”muscoda,” meaning ”pebbly prairie.” Located at the mouth of the Au Sable River, Oscoda played a major role in the distribution of lumber on the Great Lakes during the lumbering era. Oscoda was host to Wurtsmith Air Force Base until it closed a few years ago. The base housing area and maintenance facilities are gradually being converted to civilian use. Several small manufacturing companies established facilites there. The aviation musuem operated by the Yankee Air Force - Wurtsmith Division is located in some of the old hangers and is open to the public from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Oscodo’s main industry is tourism. Camping, canoeing, hiking, ORV trail riding, cross-county skiing, fishing, hunting and snowmobiling all support the local economy. Numerous rental cabins, motels, resorts and restaurants provide accommodations for visitors. Population: 6,500. Township Offices: 110 South State St., Oscoda, MI 48750, (989) 739-3211. Henry Rowe Schoolcraft created the name, a shortened form of ossin and muscoda, meaning pebbly prairie. Above informational excerpts from Michigan Place Names, by Walter Romig, L.H.D.
AuSable-Oscoda Historical Museum, 114 E. River Rd., Oscoda, MI 48750, Phone: (989) 739-2782. See local Indian artifacts & treaties, early commercial fishing, shipping & local shipwrecks, the booming logging industry, the itinerary origin in Oscoda of the Paul Bunyan legend, area railroads, the 1911 fire that destroyed the 2 towns, the history of Wurtsmith Air Force Base and so much more! Summer open Memorial Day thru Labor Day Thursday, Friday and Saturday 10-5; Sun 11-4 and Holidays. Call for days and times for fall, spring and winter.
Au Sable River [Wildlife Viewing Area] - U.S. Forest Service, Huron National Forest, Mio Ranger District, (989) 826-3252, Huron Shores Ranger District, Oscoda, (989) 739-0728; Consumers Energy. Closest Towns: Grayling, Mio, McKinley, Curtisville, Glennie, Oscoda. There are many access points along the Au Sable River. A good place to begin is the River Road National Scenic Byway. From Oscoda, drive west along River Road as it follows the river to M-65 and the Loud Dam Pond. Many of the Forest Service River Access Areas require a Huron-Manistee vehicle pass to park at the sites. Contact the U.S. Forest Service to inquire about a vehicle pass and for excellent maps of the river. This stretch of the Au Sable River from Grayling to Lake Huron offers breathtaking scenery as well as excellent wildlife viewing opportunities. Panoramic vistas from high bluff overlooks, long wooden boardwalks over spring-fed streams, and miles of quiet, undeveloped shoreline all can be found along this scenic river that flows from Grayling to Oscoda. Consumers Energy owns and operates six hydroelectric dams along the Au Sable between Lake Huron and the town of Mio. Most of the river frontage is Huron National Forest land managed by the U.S. Forest Service or Consumers Energy lands. These lands provide a combination of developed and undeveloped outdoor recreation opportunities. Contact the Forest Service for hiking, canoeing, camping, skiing, and snowmobiling opportunities along the river corridor. Good chance of seeing bald eagles along the river in any season. Eagles hunt for fish and waterfowl in the shallow areas of the river and in the reservoirs formed by the six hydro dams. A successful effort to re-establish native trumpeter swan populations has resulted in excellent opportunities to view the majestic birds on the hydro reservoirs. Deer and wild turkeys are common along the river corridor and in the adjacent woodlands. Watch for them along roadsides at dawn and dusk. While canoeing the river, you may see river otters, mink, beaver, trumpeter swans, mallards and mergansers, and many songbirds. The song of the secretive winter wren, the northern water thrush and the black and white warbler are common along many of the thicker riverbank habitats. The melodious and distinctive songs of these and the many other resident songbirds add to the beauty of a float down this very wild and scenic river." The 23 mile stretch of the river from Mio downstream to the 401 Bridge is a designated National Scenic River. In the river, you may see trout, walleye, pike and bass. Fishing here is excellent. The AuSable may just be the finest brown trout flyfishing east of the Rockies. If that were not enough reason to visit the river, the AuSable is also one of the best canoeing rivers in the Midwest. The Au Sable makes an easy, beautiful float, and there are plenty of canoe liveries available in the area if you do not have your own boat.
AuSable River Queen [Tours & Excursions], 1775 West River Road, Oscoda, MI 48750, Phone: (989) 739-7351
Lake Theatre [Movies Cinemas], 117 E. Dwight, Oscoda, MI 48750, Phone: (989) 739-2851
Iargo Springs [Natural Attractions], 17b miles west of Oscoda. Natural spring running into Au Sable River. Steep drop-off from roadway to spring. Located on the River Road Scenic Byway, this site, considered a holy place by native Americans, offers a breathtaking view of the AuSable River Valley from a 30' high observation deck. For the adventurous, walk down 294 steps and enter a mystical place where underground springs come together and form cold water streams. Walk along the elevated boardwalk and enjoy the serenity.
Lumberman's Monument Visitor Center, Junction of River and Monument Roads, Huron-Manistee National Forests, Oscoda, MI 48750, Phone: (989) 362-8961. This huge bronze memorial to Michigan's lumbering era sits on a high bluff overlooking the sparkling waters of the Au Sable River since 1932. Interpretive signs and exhibits tell the story of moving logs from the forests to the mills. Children enjoy climbing the log jam and using the crosscut saw. For those willing to hike 272 steps to the edge of the Au Sable, they can board the Wanigan, a replica of the floating cook shacks that followed the river drives.
River Queen of Oscoda [River Boat Tours], 1775 East River Road, P.O. Box 249, Oscoda, MI 48750, Phone: (989) 739-7351
Shoreline Players [Civic Theaters], 6000 N. Skeel Ave, Oscoda, MI 48750, Phone: (989) 739-3586
Tuttle Marsh Wildlife Area [Wildlife Viewing Area] - U.S. Forest Service Phone: (989) 739-0728. Closest Towns: Tawas City, East Tawas, Oscoda. From Tawas City, take Monument Road north about one mile to Wilber Road. Turn right and proceed 3 miles to the stop sign at Galion Road. Turn right and drive 1/2 mile to Sherman Road. Turn left and continue 1.5 miles to May Road. Turn right and drive 1/2 mile to Brooks Road. Turn right and follow the winding gravel road for 1/5 mile to Tuttle Marsh Road on the left. Tuttle Marsh Road is about 4 miles long. A 400-acre impoundment is at the heart of this site, which is surrounded by hundreds more acres of seasonally flooded wetlands. Tuttle Marsh has no facilities or developments, but visitors are encouraged to use the wetland dike as a hiking trail. Thousands of waterfowl use this flooding as a feeding and resting location during their spring and fall migrations. Spring is the best time to view waterfowl here because water levels are high and ducks are in their colorful breeding plumage. Teal, goldeneyes, mallards, and Canada geese are the most commonly seen species. During summer, much of the wetland may dry up, but the impoundment still attracts herons, American bitterns, and the many shorebirds that come to feed in the exposed mud flats. During winter, large herds of deer may congregate here.
Wiltse's Brew Pub & Family Restaurant [Breweries & Brew Pubs, Restaurants], 5606 F-41, Oscoda, MI 48750, Phone: (989) 739-2231
Wurtsmith Air Museum [Aviation Museum], P. O. Box 664, Oscoda, Michigan 48750, Phone: (989) 739-7555.
DINING 0UT: Breweries, Dinner Trains & Cruises, Restaurants, and Wineries
AuSable Inn & Finish Line Sports Bar, [Restuarant & Tavern], 100 S State St, Oscoda, MI 48750, Phone: (989) 747-0350
Chee Peng Of Oscoda [Chinese & Thai Cuisine Restaurants], 220 S State St., Oscoda, MI 48750, Phone: (989) 739-4577
Country Kitchen [Family Style], 384 S State St., Oscoda, MI 48750, Phone: (989) 739-4333
Desi's Taco Lounge [Mexican Cuisine Restaurants], 1949 W River Ave, Oscoda, M 48750, Phone: (989) 739-7856
G's Pizzeria [Pizzarias], 5226 N US Highway 23, Oscoda, MI 48750, Phone: (989) 739-1133
Hungry Howie's Pizza, 5160 N US Highway 23, Oscoda, MI 48750, Phone: (989) 739-1300
J L O'Grady's Irish Pub [Bar & Grills, Pubs, Saloon & Taverns], 2795 N US Hwy 23, Oscoda, MI 48750, Phone: (989) 739-8758
Lakewood Shores Resort [Golf Courses, Condominiums, Restaurants], 7751 Cedar Lake Road, Oscoda, MI 48750, Phone: (989) 739-2073
Little Caesars Pizza [Pizzarias], 5113 N US Highway 23, Oscoda, MI 48750, Phone: (989) 739-1487
Mancino's Pit Stop [Italian Restaruants, Pizzerias, Barbecue, Caterers], 5665 North US 23, Oscoda, MI 48750, Phone: (989) 739-0100
Party & Food Center [Convenience Stores, Pizzarias], 5692 F 41, Oscoda, MI 48750, Phone: (989) 739-2091
Tait's Bill of Fare [Restaurant], 111 E Dwight St, Oscoda, MI 48750, Phone: (989) 739-1518
Wiltses Brew and Family Restaurant [Brew Pub, American Cuisine, Caterers], 5606 F 41, Oscoda, MI 48750, Phone: (989) 739-2231
PLACES TO STAY: Apartments, Bed & Breakfasts, Cabins & Cottages, Condominiums, Historic Inns, Hotels & Motels, Resorts and Vacation Homes
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Anchorage Cottages [Beach Resort], 3164 North US-23, Oscoda, MI 48750, Phone: (989) 739-7843
Ausable Inn [Restuarant & Tavern], 100 S State St, Oscoda, MI 48750, Phone: (989) 747-0350
Ausable River Camp [Cabin & Cottage Rentals, Convenience Stores], 4320 M 65, Oscoda, MI 48750, Phone: (989) 728-3287
Ausable River Resort, 718 West River Road, Oscoda, MI 48750, Phone: (989) 739-5246
K.H.C. Kayaking [Kayak Rentals], 300 North US-23, East Tawas, MI 48730, Phone: (989) 984-9415
King Fisher Charters, LLC [Sport Fishing Charters], 6751 School Street, Whittemore, MI 48770, Phone: (989) 756-2052
Lakewood Shores Resort [Golf Courses, Condominiums, Restaurants], 7751 Cedar Lake Road, Oscoda, MI 48750, Phone: (989) 739-2073
Lock Stock & Barrel [Guns & Gunsmiths, Sporting Goods], 4494 N US Highway 23, Oscoda, MI 48750, Phone: (989) 739-4760
Michigan Shore to Shore Riding & Hiking Trail [Equestrian Trails], 5806 E. State Rd., Hale, MI 48739, Phone: (989) 473-3205.. This 400 mile trail is maintained by the Michigan Trail Riders Association (MTRA). For Trail Maps contact the MTRA at Phone: (989) 473-3205.
Monument National Forest Campground, Huron Shores Ranger Station, 5761 North Skeel Road, Oscoda MI 48750. Phone: (989) 739-0728. Monument Campground is located in Iosco County, Michigan. The nearest communities are Tawas City to the southeast, Oscoda to the east and Glennie and Hale to the west. Monument Campground is a fully accessible camping area within a red pine plantation. The campground was established by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930's and recently upgraded with paved spurs, accessible toilets and grills. It is located next to Lumberman's Monument Visitor Center. The campground offers a secluded, natural camping experience with many opportunities to view wildlife. 19 campsites.
Lakewood Shores Resort [Golf Resort], 7751 Cedar Lake Road, Oscoda, MI 48750, Phone: (989) 739-2073
Lock Stock & Barrel, 4494 N US Highway 23, Oscoda, MI 48750, Phone: (989) 739-4760
Old Orchard Park [Campgrounds & RV Parks, Cabin & Cottage Rentals, Boat Rentals], 883 East River Road, Oscoda, MI 48750, Phone: (989) 739-7814