Lumberman's Monument Visitor Center

Area Status: Closed
This area is Closed
 

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: http://www.fs.usda.gov/news/hmnf/recreation/outdoorlearning/?recid=18538

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
Permit Info: Au Sable River Primitive Camping -
  • No permit or reservation is required outside of the permitted season.
  • Camping Permit required at primitive campsites from May 15 to September 10.
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).
Visit the Passes and Permits section for more information on obtaining a special use permit.
Open Season: May 10
Usage: Heavy
Best Season: May 15 to October 23
Restrictions: 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 -
  • 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
Highlights - Camping is prohibited, except at designated campgrounds or campsites.
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: Huron Shores Ranger Station 989-739-0728 Lumberman's Monument Visitor Center 989-362-8961; 5401 Monument Road Oscoda, MI 48750  Emailr9_hmnf_website@fs.fed.us

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.

Directions:

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.

Accessibility:

Visitor Center and Grounds

  • Paved parking
  • Paved sidewalks
  • Accessible restrooms
  • Outdoor displays - along sidewalks
  • Stairs to river and one display

Forest Discovery Trail

  • Hard-packed, over 36 inches wide

Monument Campground

  • Paved drive
  • Paved parking pads
  • Accessible restrooms

Activities


Camping & Cabins

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Nature Viewing

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Outdoor Learning

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Picnicking

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Amenities

Parking 82 vehicle capacity