Rollways Campground and Day Use Area


Area Status: Open

River Road National Scenic BywayRollways Campground was built in 1909 and was one of the first campgrounds established on the Huron. The pull-through campsites accommodate large motor homes and trailers.

The day use area is adjacent to the Rollways Campground. A short, .5 hour walk between the day use site and Westgate Scenic Overlook provides visitors with access to the campground.

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.

Flickr Photo Albums:

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Annual services at the site will resume for spring on May 1
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
Fees: Recreation Enhancement Act Fee - Camping -
  • Per Night: $15.00
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: May 7 - September 30
Usage: Light
Best Season: May 15 to September 13
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: Hale, Glennie
Water: Drinking Water
Restroom: Vault
Operated By: Huron Shores Ranger Station - (989) 739-0728
Information Center:

General Information

Directions:

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. 

General Notes:

Location - River Road National Scenic Byway, Au Sable River

Nearby Recreation Areas -

  • Rollways Day Use Area

County - Iosco

Seasonal and Other Information -

  • Gated when closed.

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

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information

Activities

Campground Camping

No. of Sites Single: 19
Reservation Info 11 sites at Rollways Campground are reservable-  
  • June 15 to August 15
  • One time reservation fee of $10.00
  • Reservations can be made up to 6 months in advance of visit.
  • Reservations must be made at least 3 days in advance of visit.
Go to: Recreation.gov or call 1-877-444-6777.
Sleeping Shelter No

RV Camping

No. of Sites Single: 19
Reservation Info 11 sites at Rollways Campground are reservable-  
  • June 15 to August 15
  • One time reservation fee of $10.00
  • Reservations can be made up to 6 months in advance of visit.
  • Reservations must be made at least 3 days in advance of visit.
Go to: Recreation.gov or call 1-877-444-6777.
Pavement Type for Parking Asphalt
Hookup - Water No
Vehicle Clearence Low
Hookup - Sewer No
Size Restrictions 50 Ft. or Less
Dump Stations No
Hookups - Electric No
Pavement Type of Parking d

River and Stream Fishing

Fishing Mode Boat, Shore, Wade
Fish Species Bass, Pike, Brown Trout, Walleye, Perch, Sunfish, Steelhead, Salmon
Fishing Platform No
Water Temperature Cold
Fishing Method Fly, Pole
Water/Flow Level 2 mph

Day Hiking

A short trail connects the campground to the day use area and Westgate Scenic Overlook.

Viewing Wildlife

Viewing Scenery

Several campsites have views of the river. Visitors who walk on the trail between the campground and Westgate Overlook will have several opportunities to view the Au Sable River.

Picnicking

The day use area has several picnic tables and a coverd pavilion with two fireplaces.

Ammenities:

  • Trash can
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Fire Rings
  • Pedestal Grills
  • Benches

Group Picnicking

The day use area has several picnic tables and a coverd pavilion with two fireplaces.

Ammenities:

  • Trash can
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Fire Rings
  • Pedestal Grills
  • Benches
No. of Sites 1

Boating - Non-Motorized

Type of Craft Canoe, Kayak
Size Restrictions None
Class of Rapids 0

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities

Location

 
  Latitude : 
44.461414

  Longitude : 
-83.773344