Au Sable Loop Campground and Day Use Area

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Entrance sign for the Au Sable Loop Campground.

Au Sable National Scenic River

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.

Brochure with map:  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.

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At a Glance

Current Conditions: Managed Season starts Apr. 1, 2016 and ends Nov. 30, 2016.
Operational Hours: Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week unless otherwise posted. Forest quiet hours apply.
Rentals & Guides: Canoe Rentals -
  • Glennie:
    • Alcona Canoe Rental
  • Hale:
    • Rollways Resort
  • Mio:
    • Gotts Landing
    • Hinchman's Acres Resort
  • Oscoda:
    • Au Sable River Kayaking Company LLC; B & B LLC (Hunts)
    • Oscoda Canoe Rental
Area Amenities: Boat ramp,Parking
Fees Recreation Enhancement Act Fee - Day Use -
  • Day: $5.00
  • Week: $15.00
Camping -
  • Per Night: $10.00
Permit Info: 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: January 1
Busiest Season: May to September
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 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.
Closest Towns: Mio
Water: Drinking Water
Restroom: Vault
Operated By: Mio Ranger District - (989) 826-3252
Information Center:

General Information


From Grayling -

  • Travel east on M-72 for 30 miles.
  • Turn left and go north on M-72/M-33 for .5 miles.
  • Turn right and go east on McKinley Rd. for 3 miles.
  • Turn right and follow the signs to the site.

General Notes:

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

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RV Camping

Au Sable Loop Campground - RV campingSites are pull-in only, so be prepared to back campers in or out. 

Reservation InfoNo reservations needed. All sites are first come, first served.
Hookup - WaterNo
Pavement Type of ParkingDirt/Gravel
Vehicle ClearenceMedium
Size Restrictions25 Ft. or Less
No. of SitesSingle: 5
Hookups - ElectricNo
Dump StationsNo
Hookup - SewerNo
Difficulty Level: Easy

Campground Camping

Au Sable Loop Campground - tent campingThis 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. 

Sleeping ShelterNo
Reservation InfoNo reservation needed. All sites are first come, first served.
No. of SitesSingle: 5


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Boat ramp Walk-in
Parking Au Sable Loop Scenic Overlook