As visitors exit McKinley Road to enter the Au Sable Loop Scenic Overlook, they will first see a panoramic vista of the National Scenic portion of the Au Sable River. An exemplary setting for wildlife viewing, visitors and campers will see a melding of habitats as the river turns to forest and then to field. The campground is set amidst a mixed hardwood forest. Please respect wildlife and observe from a distance. From the Au Sable Loop Scenic Overlook follow the unpaved road to reach the campground.
To download the Au Sable River, National Scenic River, brochure, with map, visit the Maps and Publications section of the website or select this link: http://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprdb5325280.pdf. This 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.
At a Glance
Managed season is from April 15 to November 30.
Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week unless otherwise posted. Forest quiet hours apply.
Rentals & Guides:
Canoe Rentals -
Alcona Canoe Rental
Hinchman's Acres Resort
Au Sable River Kayaking Company LLC; B & B LLC (Hunts)
Oscoda Canoe Rental
Recreation Enhancement Act Fee -Day Use -
Per Night: $10.00
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.
April 1 to November 14
May to September
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 National Scenic River Corridor; R904-14-18
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.
Turn right and go east on McKinley Rd. for 3 miles.
Turn right and follow the signs to the site.
Location - Au Sable National Scenic River
Nearby Recreation Sites -
River Dune Campground
Au Sable Loop Scenic Overlook
County - Oscoda
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.
No toilet facilities are available.
Restroom facilities are accessible.
Campsites are hard-packed earth.
Camping & Cabins
This site also provides access to River Dune Campground via a short trail along the river.
The sites are spaced apart and set back from the road.
No reservation needed. All sites are first come, first served.
No. of Sites
Sites are pull-in only, so be prepared to back campers in or out.
No reservations needed. All sites are first come, first served.
Hookup - Water
Pavement Type of Parking
25 Ft. or Less
No. of Sites
Hookups - Electric
Hookup - Sewer
River and Stream Fishing
Access to the river is afforde by a short path from the campground. A second path parallels the river heading towards River Dune Campground, heading left. Or a short set of steps will provide access to the river directly from the clearing.
National Scenic River
Bass, Pike, Brown Trout, Walleye, Perch, Sunfish, Steelhead, Salmon
Boat, Shore, Wade
Boating - Non-Motorized
For more information on paddling the Au Sable National Scenic River, including flow, watercraft size restrictions and difficulty, visit the Au Sable National Scenic River page.