Au Sable Loop Campground and Day Use Area

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Entrance sign for the Au Sable Loop Campground.

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:  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

Current Conditions: Managed season is from April 15 to November 30.
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).
Open Season: April 15
Usage: Medium
Best Season: April 1 to November 14
Busiest Season: May to September
Restrictions: Forest-wide Closures - Camping Camping in Developed Recreation Areas
  • Camping in a developed campground for a period longer than 14 consecutive days unless posted otherwise.
  • Entering or being in a developed recreation site or portion thereof when posted CLOSED.
  • Entering or remaining in a campground between 10 PM and 6 AM when posted - except for properly registered campers.
  • Using a developed campsite by more than eight (8) people on a single unit or by more than sixteen (16) people on a double site.
  • Parking or leaving a vehicle in violation of posted instructions, including the use of a handicap-parking site without a valid state permit properly displayed.
  • Parking a vehicle outside the parking space assigned to one's own camp unit or other designated parking area.
  • Occupying a developed campsite by parking more than one camper, trailer, or motor home (RV) on a single unit site. Parking more than two camping vehicles or camping trailers on a double unit site or exceeding limits to group sites unless otherwise posted.
  • Parking, possessing, or leaving more than two vehicles per single unit camp site or four vehicles per double unit sites, except bicycles, motorcycles, or ATV's on trailers, unless posted otherwise.
Being publicly nude Storing Watercraft
  • Storing, mooring, or leaving a boat or raft over 24 hours.
  • Parking in violation of posted instructions.
Closest Towns: Mio
Water: Drinking Water
Restroom: Vault
Operated By: Mio Ranger District - (989) 826-3252

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.  


Camping & Cabins

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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

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


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Boat ramp Walk-in
Parking Au Sable Loop Scenic Overlook