Oscoda is a small community in Michigan on the north side of the Au Sable River, where it spills into Lake Huron. Wurtsmith Air Force Base is located nearby. Wurtsmith Air Museum is located within the base. The Lumberman's Monument honors the lumberjacks that originally lived in the area. The Huron National Forest is located near Oscoda, offering great opportunities for outdoor recreation. Iargo Springs are natural springs on Au Sable River.


1.Lumberman Monument

Lumberman Monument
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Lumberman's Monument in Oscoda, Michigan, is dedicated to the workers of the Michigan early logging industry. The 14-foot bronze statue includes a log and three figures: a timber cruiser, a sawyer and a river rat on the granite base engraved with a memorial and the names of the logging families who dedicated their lives to the logging industry in the area. The monument was built in 1931 and is located in the Huron-Manistee National Forests along the Au Sable River in the northeastern part of the Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. Lumberman monument is part of the River Road Scenic Byway, a 22-mile scenic drive between Oscoda and South Branch that runs along the magnificent Au Sable River. It is a designated National Scenic Byway

5401 Monument Rd, Oscoda, MI 48750, Phone: 989-362-8961

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2.River Road National Scenic Byway

River Road National Scenic Byway
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The River Road National Scenic Byway or the River Road National Forest Scenic Byway is a 23 1/2-mile-long road that goes eastward into the Huron National Forest and ends in the historic village of Oscoda near Lake Huron. The road follows the historic Au Sable River that has been traditionally used for transportation of Michigan’s giant white pine that floated from the forest to the saw mills on Lake Huron. The roadway passes by a number of recreational areas and offers drivers beautiful local scenery. The River Road byway was declared National Forest Scenic Byway and National Scenic Byway status.

Oscoda, Michigan

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3.Iargo Springs

Iargo Springs
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Iargo Springs in Oscoda, Michigan, are natural springs formed from water that flows from underground to the surface. The springs can be accessed from the road by steep stairs going down to the Au Sable River. There are several viewing decks and a boardwalk through the springs. Man-made barriers surround the springs and form small waterfalls. The wooden boardwalk is more than 1,000 feet long as it winds through the springs. The springs are located just off of River Road National Scenic Byway, which has a panoramic view of the Au Sable River. During the pre-settlement time, the springs were used as a source of drinking water and dams were built by early loggers at the turn of the century. The dams were used to divert water to the nearby logging camps. The Highbanks Trail starts at the springs and heads east past Lumberman’s Monument.

Ogoda, Michigan

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4.Wurtsmith Air Museum

Wurtsmith Air Museum
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Located on the former Wurtsmith Air Force Base, Wurtsmith Air Museum is a volunteer, non-profit organization that works on preserving the history of Wurtsmith Air Force Base and the history of aviation in Northeastern Michigan. There are three hangars full of exhibits telling the story about the military and aviation history. There are aircraft displays, numerous artifacts, equipment, WWI Uniform with its history described, flight manual and dog tags of local WWI pilots, submarine models, coast guard and merchant marine articles, Viet Nam uniforms and medals and much more. The museum also has a number of planes, including a damaged L-19, retrieved from Albuquerque, New Mexico, a CG4 “WACO” combat glider, and more.

4071 E Van Ettan St, Oscoda, MI 48750, Phone: 989-739-7555

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5.Lakewood Shores Resort

Lakewood Shores Resort
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Snuggled among northern Michigan ancient hardwoods, Lakewood Shores Resort offers great golf, but also wonderful accommodations, modern meeting facilities and world-class cuisine. The resort offers 152 rooms with great view and a lovely patio overlooking the courses. Main dining room serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. The Scotland Cove, located at the 19th hole, serves soup, sandwiches and quick snacks. The resort has two renowned courses, the Gailes and Blackshire, both designed by Kevin Aldridge. The Gailes was designed to look and feel like the famous seaside courses of Scotland, with large double greens, sod-faced pot bunkers, meandering berms, and long fescue grasses. Blackshire recreates the look of the famous Pine Valley C.C. with s a similar rugged feel, large sand waste areas and rolling greens.

7751 Cedar Lake Rd, Oscoda, MI 48750, Phone: 800-882-2493

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