A beautiful Wildlife Preserve, Clark’s Marsh, is a vast wetland consisting of woodland ponds and old growth forest. Numerous unpaved and flat grassy trails offer the perfect place to view a variety of wild birds. Fall is always a pretty time of year to view birds and the changing colors of fall. Bring your binoculars for a glimpse of Marsh Wrens, Virginia Rails, Green Herons, Swamp Sparrows, Blue-headed Vireos, and numerous warblers.
Fall begins the chase for Chinook Salmon, Steelheads and Big Browns in the many rivers near Oscoda. Early October begins the fall steelhead on the Manistee River. The peak month for fall steelhead and trophy browns is November on the Au Sable River.
The best way to the find the perfect spot is a guided fishing trip. In and around the Oscoda area, there are a number of charter services.
Autumn Spectacle Along the River Road National Scenic Byway
From Oscoda to Hale, the Great River Road travels along the beautiful AuSable River past unspoiled wilderness, abundant wildlife and recreation areas. Long ago, Native Americans used this waterway for transporting timber and travel. Michigan’s awesome autumn spectacle will be bursting with brilliant shades of red, yellow and orange, and there’s no better way to enjoy it than a drive along the River Road National Scenic Byway.
The “state stone” of Michigan is the Petoskey Stone that was officially designated in 1965. It is not actually a stone but fossilized coral from prehistoric times. Over 350 million years ago, a shallow sea and coral colonies covered Michigan. A series of glaciers scraped and churned the land spreading the coral fossils along the Michigan shoreline. Today only these beautiful fossils remain.
Are you the adventurous type? Do you have a passion for water sports?
Then you’ll want to tryout the coolest water jet pack ever. The Flyboard is a personal water craft accessory. Using water jet propulsion technology, a person can be elevated 45 feet into the air. It is easy to operate and requires some instruction, but anyone over the age of 18 years old can fly a board.
Did you know that the number one state for highbush blueberry production is Michigan? Growers produce over 100 million pounds of blueberries every year. Most growers are located in southwest Michigan cultivating over 20 blueberry varieties; however, a few varieties will grow in the northern portion of Michigan.
This August come bike and boogie in Tawas! The famous Blues-by-the-Bay annual festival will be held August 28-30, 2015 at the Harbor Park in East Tawas. If you are blues fans, then you don’t want to miss this opportunity to hear some great blues music. Nine bands will play starting with BB Queen on Friday, August 28 at 6:00pm.
The quaint haven of Tawas and East Tawas will host the annual Waterfront Fine Art Festival and the Tawas Uncork’d & Untap’d Wine Festival this August.
A juried art show, the Waterfront Fine Art Festival celebrates its 55th year. Hosted by the Tawas Bay Art Council & Gallery, the festival will be held on August 1 and 2 at the Shoreline Park located in Tawas City. Over 100 artists will be on hand featuring a variety of fine art including paintings, pottery, sculpture, jewelry, hand carved wood, photography and more.
For the wine and beer enthusiasts, you’ll want to attend the annual Sunrise Side Wine & Food Festival held the third Saturday in July in Harrisville. Located approximately 17 miles north of Oscoda, the festival features fine wines from Michigan wineries, Michigan brewed beer, exquisite foods from local restaurants, live music, and an art show. This year’s festival is July 18, 2015 from Noon to 6:00 pm at the Flamsville Harbor. With admission, get a souvenir festival glass. A great festival along the sparkling shores of Lake Huron.
A favorite for over 30 years, the Annual Art on the Beach is always held the last full weekend in June in downtown Oscoda. Artisans display their wares along the shores of Lake Huron in the shaded grassy area of the Oscoda Beach Park. The Park is handicapped accessible and offers ample paved parking, an observation deck, lighted boardwalk along the shoreline, and a street-scape walking pathway to the central business district of Oscoda.