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).
Visit the Passes and Permits section for more information on obtaining a special use permit.
Open Season: April 1
Usage: Light
Best Season: April 1 to November 30
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
  • Au Sable River and Cooke Pond Semi-primitive Motorized Areas, shorelines of Alcona Pond and the Eable Run Trail System; R904-14-21
  • 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: Hale
Water: None
Restroom: Vault
Operated By: Huron Shores Ranger Station - (989) 739 - 0728
Information Center:

General Information

Directions:

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.

Accessibility:
  • Accessible parking is available.  
  • The path to the observation area is paved and over 36' wide. 
  • The observation deck has wood deck planking.  
  • Interpretive signage and restroom facilities are fully accessible.

Activities


Nature Viewing

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Viewing Scenery

Special FeatureRiver Road National Scenic Byway

Amenities

Parking