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Outdoor Activities in Northern Michigan

Huron-Manistee National Forest
Huron-Manistee National Forest

Within the Huron-Manistee National Forest you’ll find miles of unique trails that transverse from coastal sand dunes to towering pines and hardwoods. It’s a naturalist’s dream. Begin your day at Eagle Run that provides a loop trail system with marked trails that vary from level to moderate rolling hills. The Highbanks Trail is a short 6.5 mile hike along the AuSable River and continues to Sidtown.  You’ll see the most dramatic views of the AuSable River and will travel over the same ridges that loggers used to roll their timber into the river. The trailhead is 15 miles outside of Oscoda at Iargo Springs and parking is available. Iargo Springs is considered a holy place by Native Americans and offers a breathtaking view of the AuSable River from a 30’ high observation deck.   Along the way you’ll pass the Canoer’s Memorial, dedicated to all paddlers who challenge the AuSable River, and the historical Lumberman’s Monument that honors the lumbering era. Summer hikers often have the opportunity to see bald eagles and other wildlife. Pack a lunch and enjoy the outdoors at one of the many picnic tables you’ll find along the way.

Canoe or Kayak the AuSable River
Canoe or Kayak the AuSable River

Bring your own canoe or kayak or rent one from Oscoda Canoe Rental in Oscoda. Take the Whirlpool starting point kayak trip, a six-mile route that will take about two hours. Bring your camera to capture some stunning photos of nature and wildlife from a point of view that can’t get any better. Expect to catch sight of eagles (even a bald eagle!), blue herons, beaver, bobcat, swans, and more.

(989) 739-9040
Sunrise Coast Birding Trail
Sunrise Coast Birding Trail

Michigan is famous for its diverse wetland environment. Its low-elevation flats and massive forests surrounded by the ancient Great Lakes creates a paradise for all types of animals, especially birds and birdwatchers from around the United States come to this region of Michigan to catch sight of some of Earth’s most beautiful creatures. Michigan has some of the world’s rarest birds.  Keep a keen eye for the Great Lakes Piping Plover, Kirtland’s Warbler, and majestic raptors as these are all birds on the endangered species list. Starting from the mouth of the famous AuSable River in Oscoda, you’ll be traveling along some of the country’s most critical natural habitats for native species. The Sunrise Coast Birding Trail runs a remarkable 145 miles all the way to the Mackinac Bridge. Piety Hill Riverwalk and Riverbank Park are great places to start, and Harrisville State Park may be your opportunity to start your return trip on US 23 South, hugging the shores of Lake Huron.

Corsair Trail Northern Michigan
Corsair Trail

The Corsair Skiing and Hiking Trail makes up over 26 miles of hiking and is a great winter adventure into the snow-covered Silver Valley, surrounded by 120,000 acres of the Huron National Forest, and only a short drive south from the Huron House. Each of Corsair’s network of trails has an entry point only about seven miles northwest of East Tawas. The Corsair Picnic Area can be found on the west side of Monument Road, Wright’s Lake entry point on the east side of Monument Road, and Silver Valley’s trailhead can also be found on the east side of Monument Road. Parking areas and toilet facilities are also located at each trailhead. The Silver Valley trailhead offers a breathtaking view of over 20 miles across the famous Au Sable River Valley. There is still a vibrant collection of wildlife to catch sight of and the view from the Silver Valley vista can’t be missed. This is a popular spot for hikers to catch a glimpse of snowstorms rolling in from far, far away and to view the local landscape around them. Corsair is one of the most popular trails in the winter, and one of the largest groomed trails in the state of Michigan. The hiking on the Corsair Trails ranges from level to gently rolling hills, making it a pleasant time for a hike.

(989) 739-0728
Lakewood Shores Golf Resort
Lakewood Shores Golf Resort

Located in Oscoda and is ranked as one of the Top 100 Best Resort Courses in U.S. for 2016.  Choose from three different courses: The Gailes, Blackshire and The Serradella each offering a unique golfing experience.

(800) 882-2493
Greenbush Golf Course
Greenbush Golf Course

Located in Greenbush about a 15-minute drive north of Oscoda. The semi-private course is a beautifully manicured 9-hole course that is lined with magnificent trees and plenty of hazards. Designed for the recreational player, it is challenging, relaxing and fun. After a round of golf enjoy the unique clubhouse that is an area landmark.

(989) 724-6356
Red Hawk Golf Club
Red Hawk Golf Club

Located in East Tawas about 20-minutes south of Oscoda. It is a public 18-hole course designed by renowned architect Arthur Hills. The course offers mature forests and elevation changes that challenges the most accomplished player but still enjoyable for the novice.

(989) 362-0800