Cathedral Pines Campground

Area Status: Open

Au Sable National Scenic River

The access road is gated to prohibit motorized access. Visitors to this campground are primarily river paddlers. To access the site from the road, visitors will need to walk .25 miles into the large, old-growth eastern white pine to find the campground. Trees offer a screen from the river, but still allow campers views of the river and wildlife.

Brochure with map:  This 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.

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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
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 - 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: Mio
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.
  • Go straight and travel east on S. River Rd. for 5.5 miles.
  • Turn left and travel north on FR 4350.
  • Parking is located at the gate.

General Notes:

Location - Au Sable National Scenic River

Nearby Recreation Areas -

  • Davis Rest Stop
  • Meadow Springs Campground

County - Oscoda

Seasonal and Other Information -

  • This site has a permanent gate to prohibit motorized access. 
  • The site is not maintained in the winter:
    • Parking lot is not plowed.
    • No toilet facilities are available.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Campground Camping

No. of Sites Single:1
Reservation Info No reservation needed. All sites are first come, first served.
Sleeping Shelter No

Boating - Non-Motorized

There is no motorized access to this site. 

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

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