Westgate Scenic Overlook

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

There is a short, half hour walk on a limestone path to the Rollways Day Use area. Westgate features a kiosk that provides information on the Au Sable River and River Road National Scenic Byway. This is a great location to view the river and see fall color. Wildlife abounds and visitors will have many opportunities to see the varied bird life of the area, particularly trumpeter swans and eagles.

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.
Area Amenities: Parking
Fees Recreation Enhancement Act Fee -

Day Use -

  • Day: $5.00
  • Week: $15.00
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 1
Usage: Light
Best Season: April 1 to November 30
Restrictions: Au Sable River Corridor -

Camping -

  • Camping is prohibited in the AuSable National Scenic River Corridor on the Huron-Manistee National Forests, except at designated campgrounds or campsites.
  • Using a designated campsite or other area described in the order by more than 10 persons at one time is prohibited.
Closest Towns: Hale
Water: None
Restroom: Vault
Operated By: Huron Shores Ranger Station - (989) 739 - 0728

General Information


From Oscoda -

  • Travel west on River Rd. for 19 miles.
  • Turn left and travel west on M-65 for 4 miles. 
  • The site is on the right.

General Notes:

Location - River Road National Scenic Byway, Au Sable River

Nearby Recreation Areas -

  • Rollways Day Use Area
  • Rollways 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.


Nature Viewing

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Viewing Scenery

Special FeatureRiver Road National Scenic Byway