Best Oscoda Michigan Things To Do (WOW! Have You Seen Lumberman's Monument and Largo Springs in Northern MI?) + Ausable River Queen, Beach Park, KOA Camping, Kayaking, River Road Scenic Byway & Hiking Trails

Best Oscoda Michigan Things To Do (WOW! Have You Seen Lumberman's Monument and Largo Springs?) | By Sherry Trautman |

Have you always wanted to visit northern Michigan but weren't sure what to do or where to go? Well, we've got you!

Just wait until you see all the fun surprises we have in store for you in Northern Michigan!

  • Oscoda is the perfect Michigan vacation spot or Michigan destination for photographers, hikers, boat lovers, beach bums and explorers! 

Plus, several of our favorite Oscoda places can be visited in the winter!

Where In the World Is Oscoda Michigan? Check Out Our Map!

Where is Oscoda MichiganWhere is Oscoda Michigan

Don't Miss These Awesome Adventures In Oscoda Michigan!

Oscoda Michigan is located in northeastern Michigan along beautiful Lake Huron. 

  • Distance from Oscoda to Alpena: 1 hr; 49 miles
  • Distance from Oscoda to Mackinaw City: 2 hrs, 40 minutes; 153 miles
  • Distance from Oscoda to Grand Rapids: 3 hrs, 48 minutes; 212 miles
  • Distance from Oscoda to Detroit: 3 hrs, 18 minutes; 195 miles

Interactive Map of Oscoda Michigan

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Are you ready?  Let's GO!  Be sure to use the map above to reference all our stops!

1. Visit Oscoda Beach Park and Huron Lake Pier

Address: 201 E River Rd, Oscoda, MI 48750

If you are looking for fun things to do in Oscoda MI, check out Oscoda Beach Park! It has an awesome sandy beach and a lovely pier! Plus there is a large playground to keep your kids entertained for hours.

What We Love: Clean bathrooms, long boardwalk paralleling the beach/shoreline, lots of benches to enjoy the beach if you don't want to sit in the sand, great area for kids to play, and lots of free parking. Oh, and there is no admission fee. WHOOT!

  • Be sure to walk the Lake Huron Pier!

2. Old Orchard Park Oscoda MI Has Great Camping + Check Out the Oscoda KOA

Address: 883 E River Rd, Oscoda, MI 48750

Old Orchard Park Oscoda is one of the largest campgrounds in Northeast Michigan. Located within the Huron-Manistee National Forest, along the River Road Scenic Byway, the park is nearly four miles long and overlooks Foote Pond on the AuSable River. The park is open from March 15 thru November 30 each year. 

Old Orchard Campground offers camping sites for campers, tents and pop ups! Plus they offer cabins, yurts and group camping spots. Reserve your spot online.

Also check out the Oscoda KOA in Northern Michigan:

3591 Forest Rd, Oscoda, MI 48750.

Note from the Oscoda KOA: "Do not take side streets that your GPS maybe telling you to take, such as Aster Rd. Take US 23 to Johnson Rd and then left on Forest Road. There is NO other alternative route to the park and any other directions will lead you to dirt roads where it may be extremely difficult to turn around with a large RV."

They offer a heated pool, playground, Jumping Pillow, jump shot, gem mining, fun-bike rentals, rec center (arcade), summer train rides, camp store and laundry facility.

Sherry and Chris KayakingSherry and Chris Kayaking

3. Go for a Paddle Down the Ausable River!

If you love kayaking, tubing and canoeing, rent a vessel at Oscoda Canoe Rental for the afternoon to get some sun and time on the river! Super fun activity in Northern Michigan!

  • Kayak and Canoe trips are 2 hours or 4 hours.  You can rent solo or tandem kayaks which is great for families and couples. 

Tubing has 4 hour trips and excursions leave throughout the day. 

Reserve your space before you go to ensure your tubes, kayaks or canoes are waiting for you!

4. Drive and Explore the Incredible River Road Scenic Byway in Northern Michigan!

The 26 miles stretch between downtown Oscoda to our final stop westbound at the Westgate Scenic Overlook is absolutely gorgeous. Heck, even if you just drove and never stopped along the way you will be in awe of the beauty of the forests. 

Super Scenic Stops along the River Road Scenic Byway in Oscoda Michigan includes:

  • Ausable River Queen
  • Lumberman's Monument
  • Largo Springs
  • Westgate Scenic Overlook

We will discuss all of these below!

5. Glide Down the Ausable River on the Colorful Ausable River Queen 

Ausable River QueenAusable River Queen

Address: 1775 E River Rd, Oscoda, MI 48750

Oh my gosh you guys, if you want a great Michigan vacation idea or fun places to go in Michigan, your family will absolutely love this riverboat cruise!

We love that Ausable River Queen is family owned and run. There's just something about supporting a family business!

So, welcome aboard the colorful Ausable River Queen for an enjoyable afternoon on the scenic Ausable river.  

Cap and I spotted the elusive Michigan river sharks! lol!

Fully expect some shenanigans along the way from the funny (yet informative) river caption. He narrates and tells funny stories and facts about the area.

The Ausable River Queen has snacks, hot dogs and alcoholic drinks so you can grab lunch while floating down the scenic and peaceful AuSable river.

  • There is also a restroom on the lower level. 

There are upper and lower levels, and both are covered and shaded. You can walk around, look out all the windows and take lots of photos.

As you can see, my dad was super excited about this riverboat ride!! The upper level has a bar, windows that open or close, and large tables so you will be very comfortable on this lovely Michigan excursion!  

6. Visit Lumberman's Monument: Awesome Photography, Hiking and Sightseeing in the Huron-Manistee National Forests

Address: 5401 Monument Rd, Oscoda, MI 48750

Read Our Full Article --> Lumberman's Monument, it's a breathtaking area in Oscoda Michigan!

Lumberman's upper view in the fall!

And...Lumberman's upper view in the winter! Both are spectacular! So check out Lumberman's Monument in the Winter, it's breathtaking!

Isn't this view spectacular? 

7. Visit Breathtaking Largo Springs

So, my friends... 

You have got to visit Largo Springs, an incredibly scenic natural springs in Northern Michigan.  It's just breathtaking during spring, summer, fall and winter!

--->For more info, check out our Largo Springs article with lots tips, things to know and a video!

8. Enjoy the Westgate Scenic Overlook on 65

Westgate Overlook is only a few minutes to the west of Largo Springs on 65 (River Road National Scenic Byway) by Loud Dam Pond. It's just a short walk to the main boardwalk platform offering panoramic views of the Au Sable River far below. 

  • There is a porta john near the main overlook and parking area.

(Of course it's lovely in the spring, summer and fall too, this just when were in the Hale area!)

If you walk to the west, you can see another view of the Au Sable River from the west deck.  If you continue on for two miles (about 30-45 min walk) you will arrive at the Rollways Day Use/Picnic area.

Westgate Overlook is a great location to view the river and see Michigan fall color.

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Best Oscoda Michigan Hotels

Oscoda and Tawas Michigan are close to this incredible Michigan scenic byway.

AmericaInn by Wyndham Oscoda -This hotel has an indoor pool and is near the Ausable River. We love that they offer a full hot breakfast!

Huron House Bed and Breakfast - Quaint, modernly appointed rooms, some with fireplaces, is a very romantic getaway for couples. Enjoy walking along the beach if the weather permits or cozy up by the fire place.

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