River Road National Scenic Byway

Area Status: Open
This area is Open
 

River Road National Scenic BywayThe twenty-two mile River Road National Scenic Byway extends westward from Lake Huron into the Huron National Forest. It parallels the historic Riviere aux Sable (River of Sand). The Au Sable River was a major transportation route for floating Michigan’s giant white pine from forest to the sawmill towns on Lake Huron. You can learn more about this lumbering history at Lumbermen’s Monument Visitor Center that sits at the center of the byway.

Byway travelers will find abundant recreation opportunities, from motorized trails for off-road vehicles and snowmobiles to quiet trails for hiking and cross-country skiing. Camping, fishing and boating facilities are accessible from the byway. For a more relaxed experience, visitors will enjoy the lush forest and breathtaking vistas from the many scenic overlooks along the route. Visit www.byways.org for more information.

For information on Lumberman's Monument, Monument Campground or the Visitor Center visit the Lumberman's Monument section of the website.

Brochure with map:

  • River Road National Scenic Byway (pdf) - this brochure shows River Road, the Au Sable River and Lumberman's Monument
  • Highbanks River Trail Map (coming soon)
  • Eagle Run Trail Map (coming soon)

The 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. The trail maps are set to printon 8.5x11 paper.

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At a Glance

Permit Info: Au Sable River Primitive Camping -
  • No permit or reservation is required outside of the permitted season.
  • Camping Permit required at primitive campsites from May 15 to September 10.
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
Usage: Light
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 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: Oscoda, Tawas, Hale
Operated By: Huron Shores Ranger Station - 5761 N. Skeel Rd., Oscoda, MI 48750
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General Information

General Notes:

Location - Au Sable River from Alcona Dam to Lake Huron

County - Iosco


Accessibility:

Canoer's Memorial -

  • Accessible parking is available.  
  • The path to the observation area and monument is paved and over 36" wide.  

 

Foote Pond Overlook -  

  • Accessible parking is available.  
  • The path to the observation area is paved and over 36' wide. 
  • The observation deck is paved.  

 

Iargo Springs -

  • Interpretive signage and restroom facilities at the top of the stairs are fully accessible.
  • Accessible parking is available. 

 

Kiwanis Monument -

  • The parking area is gravel/dirt.  
  • The monument sits in a grassy lawn type area.  

 

Rollways Campground and Day Use -

  • Accessible parking is available.  
  • Restroom facilities are accessible.  

 

Westgate Overlook -

  • 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.

Directions:

Canoer's Memorial -

From Oscoda -

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

 

Foote Pond Overlook -  

From Oscoda -

  • Travel west on River Rd. for 10 miles.
  • Site is located on the right.

 

Iargo Springs -

From Tawas-

  • Travel west on M-55 for 14.7 miles.
  • Turn right and travel north on M-65 for 18 miles.
  • Turn right and travel east on River Rd. for 1 mile.
  • The site is located on the left.

From Oscoda -

  • Travel west on River Road for 17 miles.
  • The site is located on the right.

 

Kiwanis Monument -

From Tawas -

  • Travel west on River Rd. for 15 miles.
  • Turn left and travel south on Monument Rd. for .25 miles.
  • The site is on the left.

 

Rollways Campground and Day Use -

From Tawas-

  • Travel west on M-55 for 14.7 miles.
  • Turn right and travel north on M-65 for 14 miles.
  • Turn left and travel north on Rollways Rd. for 500 ft.
  • The site is located on the right.

From Oscoda -

  • Travel west on River Rd. for 19 miles.
  • Turn left and travel south on M-65 for 4.5 miles.
  • Turn right and travel west on Rollways Rd. for 500 ft.
  • The site is on the right.

 

Westgate Overlook -

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.

Activities


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