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Au Sable River - 4001 Canoe Landing to Lake Huron, MI

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Au Sable River - 4001 Canoe Landing to Lake Huron

This section provides motorboat opportunities with a lake fishing atmosphere. Its flow of water still serves as an important link in the production of the state's electrical power supply.

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Au Sable River Primitive Camping

  • Alcona Pond - located approximately 6 miles west of Glennie and 10 miles southeast of McKinley.
  • Au Sable Area - Between Alcona Dam and Loud Pond, access is at Alcona Dam, Thompson's Landing or Loud Dam.
  • Loud Pond - located 20 miles west of Oscoda/Au Sable and 18 miles northwest of Tawas/East Tawas. The access is located at Loud Dam.
  • Five Channels - located approximately 19-miles west of Oscoda/Au Sable and 16-miles northwest of Tawas/East Tawas between Bissonette Road and River Road. The access is at Five Channels Dam. Cooke Pond - located 15 miles west of Oscoda/Au Sable and 14 miles northwest of Tawas/East Tawas between Bissonette Road and River Road. Access is at Pine Acres, Sawmill Point and Cooke Dam.
  • Sawmill Point - Located 15 miles west of Oscoda on River Rod. Turn north on Cooke Dam Rd.
  • Foote Pond - located approximately 7 miles west of Oscoda/Au Sable and 14 miles northwest of Tawas/East Tawas between Bissonette and River Roads. Access at Cooke Dam, Foote Site Park.
  • Lower Au Sable Primitive Camping - located on the east stretch of the Au Sable River, west of Oscoda/Au Sable. Access is at Foote Dam or Whirlpool Angler Access.

Au Sable Vista

From Oscoda -

  • Travel north on F41 for 14 miles.
  • Turn left and travel west on F30 for 16.5 miles.
  • Turn right and travel north on Bamfield Rd. for 3 miles.
  • Turn left on FR 4949 to enter the overlook.

Pine Acres Boat Launch

From West Branch -

  • Travel east on M-55 for 20.9 miles.
  • Turn left and travel north on MI-65 for 19 miles.
  • Turn right and travel east on Pine Acres Rd. for .1 mile.
  • Turn left and travel north on FR 2210 for .5 miles.

Sawmill Point Boat Launch

From Oscoda -

  • Travel west on E. River Rd. for 14 miles.
  • Turn right and travel north on Cooke Dam Rd. for 1.25 miles.
  • Turn left and travel west on FR 2088 for .25 miles.
  • Take right fork onto FR 2087 and drive to entrance.

Thompson's Landing Boat Launch

From West Branch -

  • Travel west on W. Houghton Ave/I-75 BR/MI-55/MI-76 for .7 miles.
  • Turn left and travel west on M-55 for 20.9 miles.
  • Turn left and travel north on MI-65 for 14 miles.
  • Turn left and travel west on Rollways Rd. for 3 miles.
  • Turn right and travel north on Curtisville Rd. for .75 miles.
  • Turn right and travel east on FR 4341 for .5 miles.

Whirlpool Angler Access

From Oscoda -

  • Travel west on River Rd. for 3 miles.
  • Turn right and travel north on FR 4581 for .5 miles.

Activities
  • BOATING BOATING
  • CAMPING CAMPING
  • FISHING FISHING
  • HIKING HIKING
  • PICNICKING PICNICKING
  • RECREATIONAL VEHICLES RECREATIONAL VEHICLES
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