Buttercup Campground

Area Status: Open

Au Sable National Scenic River

A small, quiet campground, this site is primarily used by river paddlers. Located in stands of mixed hardwoods and pine, campers may be surprised by a wildlife visitor or two while enjoying close-up views of the river.

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At a Glance

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
Area Amenities: Parking
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).
Visit the Passes and Permits section for more information on obtaining a special use permit.
Open Season: May 1 - November 30
Usage: Light
Busiest Season: May to September
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
  • 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: McKinley
Water: None
Restroom: Vault
Operated By: Mio Ranger District - (989) 826-3252
Information Center:

General Information


From Grayling -

  • Travel east on M-72 for 30 miles.
  • Turn left and travel north on M-72/M-33 for .5 miles.
  • Turn right and travel east on McKinley Dr.
  • Turn right and travel south on E. River Dr. for <.1 miles.
  • Turn left and travel east on Reed Rd./FR 4836 for 1 mile.
  • The entrance is located on the right.

General Notes:

Location -Au Sable River, National Scenic River

Nearby Recreation Areas -

  • McKinley Landing
  • Gabions Campground and Day Use Area

County - Oscoda

Seasonal and Other Information -

  • This site is not gated durng the off season.
  • This site is not maintained in the winter:
    • Access road and/or parking lot are not plowed.
    • No toilet facilities are available.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Campground Camping

No. of Sites Single: 3
Reservation Info No reservation needed. All sites are first come, first served. 
Sleeping Shelter No

River and Stream Fishing

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


No. of Sites 3
Reservation Info No reservation needed. All sites are first come, first served.

Boating - Non-Motorized

For more information on paddling the Au Sable National Scenic River, including flow, watercraft size restrictions and difficulty, visit the Au Sable National Scenic River page.

Size Restrictions None
Type of Craft Canoe, Kayak, Raft
Class of Rapids 0
Water/Flow Level 2 mph
Difficulty Level: Easy to Intermediate


Parking: 6 vehicle capacity

Related Information

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