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Sightseeing in Northern Michigan

AuSable River Queen
AuSable River Queen

The best way to experience the beauty of the AuSable River is on an authentic paddlewheel powered riverboat. The classic double-decker, decked out in red, white and blue, meanders down the AuSable River twice daily in the summer months.  Come Fall Foliage season, the schedule expands to three tours daily. The departure spot is just a 15-minute drive from the Huron House. In summer, Take the 2-hour round-trip tour and you’ll witness some of the most beautiful shoreline of the AuSable River; learn about its rich logging heritage and the six operational hydroelectric plants, and view wildlife such as swans, loons and eagles. Reservations are a must.

989-739-7351
Iargo Springs Turtle
Iargo Springs

Iargo Springs is one of the most beautiful attractions in Oscoda Township, with panoramic views of the famous AuSable River, wildflowers in bloom, and, of course, the natural spring itself. It’s no wonder Native American’s considered the traditional drinking source to be sacred ground for hundreds of years and believed the site’s waters held mystical powers. The springs are also a main feature on the River Road Scenic Byway, a nationally recognized piece of natural beauty. Climb to the observation deck 300 feet above the Au Sable River for an absolutely breathtaking view of the AuSable River Valley below you. That’s not all that this holy site has to offer, though, as those willing to walk the 294-step descent will enter a truly mystical place where the underground Iargo Springs conjoin to form a cold water stream.

(989) 739-0728
Lumberman's Monument
Lumberman's Monument

The Lumberman’s Monument is dedicated to the workers of the early logging industry in Michigan. It was built in 1931 and is located in the Huron-Manistee National Forest that was heavily logged in the second half of the 19th century.  It stands 14 feet high on a bluff overlooking the scenic AuSable River. A must-see stop for visitors, the Lumberman’s Monument Visitor Center interprets the area’s colorful lumbering past. Learn about the men who cut the timber that helped build a nation. Climb through a logjam, use a peavey and learn about the life of a lumberjack through video and displays. If you are willing to hike 272 steps to the edge of the AuSable, you can board the Wanigan, a replica of the floating cook shacks that followed the river drives.

Sturgeon Point Lighthouse
Sturgeon Point Lighthouse

Sturgeon Point Lighthouse is located 30 minutes north overlooking Lake Huron. Erected in 1870, the Coast Guard no longer uses it; however, the Alcona Historical Society has kept the light operational for smaller boats.  Open daily Memorial Day to Labor Day from 10:00 am to 4:00pm, you can visit the keeper’s house, a maritime museum, as well as climb the tower.

(989) 724-6297
Tawas Point Lighthouse
Tawas Point Lighthouse

The Tawas Point Lighthouse has been in continuous operation since 1876 and stands 70 feet above the Tawas Bay waters. Located 15 minutes south, it is a mecca for birdwatchers. Open every day except Tuesdays, guided tours are available from Memorial Day to Labor Day from Noon to 6:00 p.m. Located along the shoreline, it offers spectacular views of sunrises and sunsets.

(989) 362-5658
National Scenic Byway Michigan
The River Road - National Scenic Byway

The River Road National Scenic Byway, a pre-European Native American travel route, is a 23-mile road that parallels the Au Sable River and intersects with US-23 in Oscoda, MI. It stretches from Lake Huron into the Huron National Forest that is famous for its scenery, biology, history, and its efficiency as a major route in the transportation of white pine lumber. Recreation opportunities on the byway include hiking, fishing, boating, as well as breathtaking views of the Huron National Forest. Parking is casual, and can be done on the road as long as traffic isn’t obstructed, and there are multiple access points throughout the forest.

(989) 739-0728
Wurtsmith Air Museum
Wurtsmith Aviation Museum

Take time to remember and honor the men and women of our armed services. The Veteran’s Memorial Park of Northeast Michigan, at the corner of Skeel Avenue and F-41, was created to provide a place to reflect and honor the dedication of those who served for our freedom. It is located in Oscoda on the former Wurtsmith Air Force Base. Most impressive is the Circle of Flags that includes a flag from all 54 states and territories. The museum showcases a variety of aircraft displays, memorabilia and artifacts.

(989) 739-7555
Alpena Shipwreck Tours
Alpena Glass Bottom Boat

See the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary shipwrecks under the crystal clear waters of Lake Huron from a large ‘glass bottom’ boat.  Experience a 2 hour tour including exciting tales of many famous ships and Lake Huron history.  Summer tours start June 10th 10:00 AM.  Get prising and the full schedule on the ledgends of Thunder Bay Web site. 

(888) 469 - 4696