Lumberman's Monument Visitor Center

Area Status: Open
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Lumberman's Monument

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. To view a list of available programs go here:

At a Glance

Current Conditions: The Visitor Center open May 10 to October 16.
Operational Hours:

Hours for the season - August 15 to October 16  Open daily, including weekends, from 10:00 am to 5:00 p.m. The visitor center will close October 16 for the winter.   

Area Amenities: Parking
Fees No Fee
Open Season: May 10
Usage: Heavy
Best Season: May 15 to October 23
Restrictions: Forest-wide Closures - Camping in dispersed areas:
  • Camping within two hundred (200) feet of any body of water, except at designated sites.
  • Camping in a area which is posted closed and/or no camping.
  • Camping within 450 feet of developed recreation areas.
Being publicly nude. Storing Watercraft
  • Storing, mooring, or leaving a boat or raft over 24 hours.
  • Parking in violation of posted instructions.
Closest Towns: Tawas, Oscoda, Hale, Glennie
Water: Drinking Water
Restroom: Flush
Operated By: Visitor Center - (989) 362-8961/Huron Shores Ranger Station - (989) 739-0728
Information Center: Lumbermans Monument 5401 Monument Road Oscoda, MI 48750 

General Information

General Notes:

Location - River Road National Scenic Byway, Au Sable River

Nearby Recreation Areas -

  • Highbanks Nature Trail
  • Monument Campground

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.



Lumbermans Monument

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.


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Parking 82 vehicle capacity