Area Status: Open
Lumberman’s Monument Visitor Center interprets the area’s colorful lumbering past. The 14-foot Lumberman’s Monument stands on a high bank with the Au Sable River providing a scenic backdrop.
Learn about the industry that helped develop northern Michigan and the men who cut the timber that helped build a nation. Climb through a log jam, use a peavey, cut a wooden cookie with a cross-cut saw, and learn about the life of a lumberjack through video and displays. Hike the stairway down to the wanigan, a loggers floating kitchen, or take the short trail to the dune observation deck. Enjoy a Kid’s Day program or take a guided nature hike.
Brochure with map:
- River Road National Scenic Byway (pdf) - this brochure shows River Road, the Au Sable River and Lumberman's Monument
- Highbanks River Trail Map (coming soon)
- Eagle Run Trail Map (coming soon)
The brochure is set to print on 11 x 17 paper, landscape (wide) orientation. To print on 8 1/2 x 11 paper set the print area to "shrink to printable area", this will make the text on the page smaller. The trail maps are set to printon 8.5x11 paper.
Flickr Photo Albums:
At a Glance
||The Visitor Center opens May 1, 2016 and closes Oct. 23, 2016. Grounds are open year-round.
Hours for the season - Open daily, including weekends, from 10:00 am to 5:00 p.m. The visitor center will close October 18 for the winter. Grounds are open year-round.
||Au Sable River Primitive Camping -
Special Use Permit -
- No permit or reservation is required outside of the permitted season.
- Camping Permit required at primitive campsites from May 15 to September 10.
Visit the Passes and Permits section for more information on obtaining a special use permit.
- No special use permit is required for individuals or small groups (74 people or less).
- Permits are required for commercial, event or large groups (75 people or more).
||May 15 to October 23
||As a visitor to the National Forest, you are asked to follow certain rules designed to protect the Forest, natural resources and to provide for public safety of visitors. These rules are available to you on-line or at any office of the Huron-Manistee National Forests. Please take time to read and understand them. General Topic orders apply across the Forests. Applicable Orders -
Highlights - Camping is prohibited, except at designated campgrounds or campsites.
- Au Sable River and Cooke Pond Semi-primitive Motorized Areas, shorelines of Alcona Pond and the Eable Run Trail System; R904-14-21
- Motorized Vehicle Use of Roads, Trails and Off-road Areas; R904-14-02
- Occupancy and Use; R904-14-03
||Tawas, Oscoda, Hale, Glennie
||Visitor Center - (989) 362-8961/Huron Shores Ranger Station - (989) 739-0728
Location - River Road National Scenic Byway, Au Sable River
Nearby Recreation Areas -
Highbanks Nature Trail
County - Iosco
Seasonal and Other Information -
This site is not gated during the off season.
This site is not maintained in winter:
Access road and/or parking lot are not plowed.
Water and/or toilet facilities are not available.
5401 Monument Road
Oscoda, MI 48750
From Tawas -
From M-55 turn right onto Wilber Rd. go 1.25 miles north to Monument Rd.
Continue on Monument Rd. for 11 miles to River Rd.
From Oscoda -
Travel 15 miles west along River Rd.
Visitor Center and Grounds
Outdoor displays - along sidewalks
Stairs to river and one display
Forest Discovery Trail
Hard-packed, over 36 inches wide
Paved parking pads