things to do

Oscoda Township, is the Heart of the Sunrise Side of Michigan. We often times tell the story that we are the “Center of the Universe!” We have four seasons of adventure awaiting visitors and residents alike!


Popular Activities

Looking for the ultimate northern Michigan experience with pristine, sandy beaches, sunshine, spectacular views, and endless outdoor recreational activities? The Oscoda area has become the prime destination for families and all travelers to stay for a relaxing and adventurous vacation.


Long stretches of soft, sandy beaches and shallow, crystal clear azure-striped waters are the hallmarks of this area.

Combine the overall relaxed atmosphere and quietly beautiful Lake Huron at its most stunning, and you’ve found a perfect location for your Michigan beach vacation. 

*Enjoy our pet friendly beaches as well!

Canoeing and Kayaking

The AuSable River and inner lakes of the Oscoda area provide one of the most diverse and beautiful views in the world for canoeing and kayaking or just floating along on a tube and enjoying nature and its surrounding.

High Banks, endless forests, meadows covered with wildflowers, and wild animals such as Deer, and Bald Eagles, in their native environment allow for a quiet, peaceful, and relaxing getaway. We welcome first time paddlers and seasoned veterans alike.


Hiking Trails

With more than 35,000 acres of unique Michigan hiking and cross country skiing trails in and around the Oscoda area, hikers, backpackers and skiers will see some of the State’s most spectacular natural treasures.

From the quiet sanctuary of Hoist Lake’s 10,600 acres of the finest backpacking route on Michigan’s East Coast (the trail network encompasses seven small lakes and courses through rugged terrain with many hills topping 1,200 feet).


Most Popular Tours

Sunrise Side Wine & Hops Trail

Known for its location and convenience, Michigan’s Sunrise Side Wine & Hops Trail entices thousands of visitors each year to discover the trill of Pure Michigan. Wine and hops aficionados will discover beautiful scenic views, wineries, breweries, one of a kind attractions, eateries, and quaint towns rich in history and flavor. 

Fishing Charters

When a state has nicknames like “Great Lake State” and “Water Winter Wonderland,” you better believe that fishing there is off the hook. Casting a line in Michigan is a dream come true. To help you in your search for the next great catch, Fishing charters are at your disposal.


Canoer’s Memorial honors those that have paddled and those that continue to paddle these flowing waters. Access to Highbanks Trail during summer months is available at this site. This monument was erected to honor the members of the Michigan Canoe Racing Association and is sited on a scenic overlook adjacent to the AuSable River.

Fat Bike Trails

Winter mountain biking, aka Fat Biking, is rapidly gaining popularity in Michigan. The Corsair Trail Council is embracing this growing segment of winter sports and is grooming the Eagle Run Trails, located two miles west of Oscoda on River Road, for fat bike riding. The seven miles of trails are being groomed 6′ wide for shared multi-use with cross-country skiers, fat bikers and snowshoers.

Looking to take a day trip?

We are conveniently located to many big cities that are just a drive away.

Drive times may vary based on traffic and construction.

Click on the town to view some amazing activities it has to offer.

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This Lighthouse has been in operation from 1876 to 2016. Tawas Point is the perfect destination for maritime lovers and birdwatchers. You are also allowed to take a tour of the inside, which lasts 45 minutes. 

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In Tawas you will find brick paved sidewalks that are lined with trees and benches making shopping around at all of the unique local shops enjoyable. After shopping be sure to stop at one of the many local restaurants for a bite to eat.

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Lincoln Train Depot

Do you love railroads and trains? Be sure to visit the last remaining train depot of its kind in Northeast Michigan. The Lincoln Depot has been standing since 1886 and served the community until 1929. The Lincoln Depot was officially recognized as a Michigan Historic Site. 

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Alcona County Fairgrounds

 The Alcona County Fair is a 5 day fair event held in the summertime, usually August. This fair is a must see! It features, animals shows, exhibitors, live music, motorcross and a ton of other family friendly events! Be sure to also check it out during the off season for themed events.

 You can also travel right outside of Lincoln to Ossineke, MI to visit the famous Dinosaur Gardens.

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The crystal clear waters and the glass bottom of this cruise definitely make this tour a one of a kind. This two hour cruise takes you around to experience both above and below the water. During this trip you will learn about the many tales and history of the famous preserved shipwrecks in Thunder Bay.

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This recreation area includes a series of sinkholes, a water protected harbor, an old limestone quarry, and many other recreation activities. This recreation area is also protected from artificial light pollution and at night has amazing views of the stars and Milky way, officially naming it a Dark Sky preserve in 2016.

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Visit the 32,000 square foot casino with more than 800 slot machines and 40 electronic table games! This casino also features a hotel, RV park, gift shop and 24 hour café dinning. 

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Dairy faring in this area became the next big thing in 1907 when the Pinconning Creamery opened, so when in Pinconning be sure to check out the many cheese shops such as; Pinconning Cheese Co., Wilson’s Cheese Shoppe and The Cheesehouse Cheese Shop. You won’t be disappointed. 


Scenic Drives

Looking to just go for a drive? Michigan has many Scenic drives, below we have listed two of the most popular ones in our area. Simply click on the maps listed and get driving! With these Scenic rives you can explore new areas and try to complete the Alcona County quilt trail challenge.

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River Road Scenic Byway

Explore Oscoda’s best spots on this twenty-two mile Scenic Byway that extends west from Lake Huron into the Huron National Forest. During this drive you will travel around the AuSable river and be able to stop and view over 18 different spots with spectacular views and monuments. 

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Alcona County Quilt Trail

Take a drive around Alcona County on this landmark trail. Each quilt tile is located on either a barn or structure with the history behind it. The best part? Somewhere in Alcona County there is a mystery quilt block, it is not on the map however it is along the trail route. If you happen to find this mystery quilt tile email with the location and your email is entered into a monthly drawing to win a tote bag. 

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