Canoer's Memorial

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Canoer's Memorial honors those that have paddled and those that continue to paddle these flowing waters. Access to Highbanks Trail during summer months is available at this site.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Managed season is from April 1 to November 30.
Operational Hours: Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week unless otherwise posted.
Fees No Fee
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 1
Usage: Light
Best Season: April 1 to November 30
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: Oscoda, Tawas, Hale
Operated By: Huron Shores Ranger Station - (989) 739-0728

General Information


From Oscoda -

  • Travel west on River Rd. for 18 miles.
  • The site is located on the right.

General Notes:

Location - River Road National Scenic Byway, Au Sable River

Nearby Recreation Areas -

  • Highbanks Trail
  • Iargo Springs
  • Lumberman's Monument
  • Kiwanis Monument

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.


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Viewing Scenery

Special FeatureRiver Road National Scenic Byway