Location / Oscoda, Michigan

Michigan’s Best Kept Secret

With so many routes leading into and out of the Oscoda area, transportation and road-trips are both pleasant and efficient. There is also a small public airport located on the outskirts of town for even easier access. Driving in and around town is also easy, the roads are very well maintained and there is minimal traffic. Please take a look at our interactive map located on the Contact page for precise details. We are conveniently situated for easy access all year long.

3 hour drive North from Detroit, MI.
2 hour drive North from Flint, MI.
2 hrs North from Grand Rapids, MI.
3 hour drive North or East to Canada

Exploring the Area we Find Amazing Benefits and Diversity

Located on the northern side of the Au Sable River where it enters the majestic Lake Huron, Oscoda has easy access to all of the three areas which make up the region. The Au Sable area, the Oscoda township, and the Greenbush areas provide countless hours of activity and beautiful natural elements to all the residents and visitors each season. Oscoda is in the Eastern Standard time zone at 44 degrees latitude (same latitude as the Principality of Monaco) and -83 degrees longitude, it has an elevation of 771 feet above sea level, and the population of the area is approximately 9,200 people (the average age of residents is 43). The area was once much more densely populated due to the presence of an Air Force Base (Wurtsmith) which was located outside the community, but this base was closed down permanently in 1993. Currently, the Wurtsmith Renaissance Zone (created in 1997), which includes Oscoda is exempted from all state and most local taxes. Combining the natural wonders of the area with the easy to access location, and the various tax benefits, Oscoda is one of the most desirable areas in the country to settle down and enjoy your retirement.

Activities and Resources – There is Always Something to do in Oscoda

Once regarded by the native people of North America as “the ever running water”, it is not hard to imagine nature’s wild soul as it runs its hands up and down the blessed landscape of Oscoda and the Huron National forest. Imagine, having the same kind of connection to the area as the Native American Indians did. Become one with the land as they did, and let your spirit dance freely as you traverse miles of sandy Lake Huron shoreline and river habitats. Oscoda is well known as Michigan’s premier fishing destination, with numerous fishing derbies and contests each season. You are always guaranteed excitement when you choose to fish any of our clean and bountiful waters. Enjoy a variety of fish including lake and brown trout, salmon, steel-head, pike, walleye, perch, and others as you flow with the gentle currents.

So much natural beauty and animal life is attracted to the life giving waters of the area, that it is sometimes difficult to walk away from the beauty. Lake Huron, the Au Sable River, Cedar Lake, and Van Ettan Lake are all amazing year round destinations. Other aquatic activities include almost every water sport imaginable – enjoy canoeing, kayaking, sailing, power boating, tubing, snorkeling, diving, jet skiing, windsurfing and more. Take a moment to view some of our great videos, they are amazing and informative, the fun never ends in beautiful Oscoda.

If taking to the water is not your cup of tea, no problem, we have a great agenda for you too. There are more than 35,000 acres in the Oscoda area for enjoying sandy beaches, hunting, backpacking, hiking, horseback riding, biking, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, and snow shoeing. Oscoda also boasts a premier golf resort that brings together three unique courses. This Lakewood Shores Golf Resort offers 56 holes of golf, along with a unique 18-hole pitch and putt course that the entire family will enjoy. Designed to recreate the famed seaside courses of Scotland, our local resort was ranked the number one Best New Resort Course in the U.S by Golf Digest magazine. Golfing here is an experience you will remember forever, come tee off with us some time soon. Start your virtual video tour of Oscoda anytime, just head over to our video galleries.

The Oscoda area is not just for sports enthusiasts. It has museums, specialty stores, great parks, antique stores, and good restaurants. Autumn is a fabulous time to enjoy driving the back roads, hunting for antiques and taking photographs of the gorgeous fall colors. The River Road National Forest Scenic Byway is a great way to see the region from the comfort of your own car. This two-lane paved highway that runs for about 30 miles along a country road known as River Road is incredible, what an easy way to take in the sights and the sounds of the area. The Lumberman’s Monument Visitors Center, with its nine-foot tall bronze statue, and leisure area dedicated to Michigan’s lumbering days is a great site to see. The Eagles Nest Overlook is also another great location to experience, its very close to town, and it is one of the most famous overlooks in the Huron National Forest. The “Nest” has been occupied by a pair of bald eagles since 1985. Bring binoculars for a better look into the nest and for some great bird-watching in this area. Eagles can often be seen soaring high over the landscape as they patrol the shores and the valleys. Yet another great destination is Iargo freshwater springs, which was named and revered by the local Indians. They believed the springs held mystical healing powers, and because of this they have been in use since pre-settlement days as a source of drinking water. Europeans and other explorers have been visiting the springs since the early 1900s, and many still do to this day. Come taste the water for yourself, it is delicious.

Events and Festivals

Along with the many outdoor recreational opportunities and special locations to visit, Oscoda has a full calendar of special events and activities throughout the year for residents and visitors to enjoy. The Wurtsmith Division of the Yankee Air Force has a museum where they host special events and fly-ins at various times of the year, its a great place to relive memories and meet interesting people. The Gagaguwon Indian Heritage PowWow (Gagaguwon meaning “ever running water,”) is another unique Oscoda tradition. This festival is held at Old Orchard Park, eight miles west of Oscoda, and is a great way to see Native American Indian dancing and art performances, taste some great food, and learn about the Indigenous cultures of the area. Another fun special event is the annual Soapbox Derby, which is usually held in February. Prizes are awarded in several categories, there is always a lot of food, and fun is guaranteed for the whole family. The Oscoda Annual Home & Garden Show is something special for the gardening enthusiast or the landscaper in you. Enjoy different floral scents and beautiful blooms each year. In late April, there is the Family Fun Fair where everyone can participate in games, magic shows, face painting, and many other great family oriented activities.

Something a little more exiting to see is the Wood Carvers Rally in May. Watch as wooden figures are carefully carved out of great wooden logs with chainsaws, and marvel at the detail of the wooden crafts available for sale by their artists. Artistic spirits have always been attracted to the Oscoda area due to its natural beauty, and each year they display their talents at the Art on the Beach event. This event is held in June, and it brings together over 200 different artists, each one displaying their best work on the picturesque shores of Lake Huron. The month of July brings the 4th of July Parade and Fireworks extravaganza to the area. Enjoy a day of old-fashioned fun and laughter with free concerts, a parade through downtown, great people, and a spectacular fireworks display at night. The world famous Weyerhauser Au Sable River International Canoe Marathon is an event that should not be missed, this is a one of a kind experience that you will not be able to find anywhere, and it happens right at your front door.

The annual Paul Bunyan Festival in September is always a crowd favorite, our local mascot is loved by all, and everyone comes out to celebrate. This event includes a classic car show, a Las Vegas Nights event, an arts and crafts show, children’s games, delicious food, great concerts on the beach, and an exiting chainsaw carving contest. And if you do not get your fill of fun at this festival there is always the popular Iosco County Fair to check out. To finish off the festivities, Oscoda’s annual christmas parade and the Arrival of Santa Claus in held in early December. Events like these make Oscoda a popular destination all year long, residents and visitors always have a number of events and activities to choose from. Take a look at our photo and video galleries to learn more about Oscoda’s great events and activities.