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part ofHuron-Manistee National Forests, US Forest Service
Status: Open year round.   Season Dates


AuSable River Dispersed Camping is a unique series of 102 individually designated single-family campsites on a 55-mile stretch of the lovely AuSable River. All campsites are within Alcona and Iosco Counties in Michigan.

These rustic sites are divided into sections near Alcona Pond, the AuSable Semi-Primitive Non-Motorized Area, Loud Pond, Five Channels Pond, Cooke Pond, Foote Pond and Lower Ausable. Each are ideal for family camping, with opportunities for fly fishing, swimming, canoeing and bird watching.

Natural Features:

Campsites sit on bluffs that range from five to 300 feet above the waterline of the lower AuSable River. Depending on the site, access to the river may be difficult due to steep or eroding slopes.

The AuSable River meanders across 138 miles of Michigan and flows into the great lake, Lake Huron.


Both river and lake fishing are available for perch, bass and pike walleye. One recommended spot is the Whirlpool Angler access point. All sites are also near the River Road National Scenic Byway, which offers wonderful views of the river valley.

The campground has boat-in camping, and canoe rentals are available in Glennie, Hale, Mio and Oscoda.


All sites are primitive with no drinking water, toilets or trash removal. Campers are expected to bring plenty of water, portable toilets and garbage bags. Parking aprons are dirt or gravel.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Boat Ramp
  • Boat-In Sites
  • Boating
  • Canoeing
  • Fishing
  • Hunting
  • Lake Access
  • Parking Area
  • Picnic Area
  • River Access
  • Scenic Overlooks
  • Self Pay Station
  • Waterfront Sites
  • Wildlife Viewing
Know Before You Go
  • No water, toilets or dumpsters; please bring your own
  • Fires in campfire rings only
  • No off-road vehicles allowed
  • This facility has first-come, first-served sites outside the reservation season
  • For more information on Huron-Manistee National Forests, click here
    The Michigan Department of Community health has issued a "do not eat" advisory for all fish caught from Clarks Marsh and the Lower Au Sable River in Iosco County, MI. Laboratory analysis of the samples indicates that levels of perfluorinated chemicals (PFC's) in the fish are too high for people to eat safety. To learn more about the public health advisory please visit the website: www.michigan.gov
  • Don't move firewood: To limit the spread of invasive tree-killing pests, firewood from outside the area is not permitted. Some states have quarantines and may confiscate your firewood. Please help protect our forests from invasive species by obtaining your firewood at or near your camping destination and burning it on-site. Visit dontmovefirewood.org for more information.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
44.43528, -83.62389
44°26'7"N, 83°37'26"W

Designated campsites are spread along 55 miles of river shoreline between the AuSable River Access at 4001 Bridge (7 miles northwest of Glennie, MI) to near the Whirlpool AuSable River Access (4 miles west of Oscoda, MI).

For more information on specific campsites, click here.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

OSCODA  MI  48750

Phone Number:

Information:  (989)362-8961
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