The Sunrise Side Top 5

Beautifully Scenic. Wildly Colorful.

Now is the time to formulate your plan, gather your favorite people, and head toward the Oscoda area to experience the Hot 5 of Fall on the Sunrise Side for the 2021 Fall Color Season!

We have assembled a list of the top experiences you won’t want to miss when you visit our region this fall. Whether by land or water, driving or cycling, the fall season in our region delivers and adventure to fit your idea of fun.

Hot Spot #1 : AuSable River Queen

Enjoy live music as you relax aboard this double decker, authentic paddle wheel river boat. A truly unique attraction of our area, the Au Sable River Queen delivers an experience of fall color that is unlike any other.  The two-hour excursion offers a narrative history while you enjoy views of the wildlife and stunning views of the scenic Au Sable River, making it a perfect way to enjoy the season with family members of all ages. No worries if it gets a bit chilly, the lower deck is heated, so you won’t miss a thing.

For details contact: (989) 739-7351

Hot Spot #2 : Highbanks Trail – Huron National Forest

Positioned high atop the towering bluffs of the Au Sable River, the Highbanks Trail offers stunning scenic views of fall color as far as the eye can see.  This 4-mile out and back trail from the Lumberman’s Monument to Iargo Springs, is a tranquil forested path following the edge of the river, featuring 4 observation decks perfect for capturing panoramas rich with the natural beauty of the area. Highbanks offers an easy hike and a great way to experience a 360-degree view of the splendor of fall.

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Hot Spot #3 : Lakewood Shores Golf Resort

A golfer’s dream destination, Lakewood Shores Golf Resort invites you to play 72 holes of golf on 4 courses, from the family-friendly Wee Links pitch and put 18-hole course to The Gailes nationally acclaimed course offering the feel of playing a seaside course in Scotland.  Comfortable accommodations and full-service dining welcome you to enjoy the fall season in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.  Not just for avid golfers, the resort also offers a full array of fun family activities, including fishing and horseback riding perfect to fill the days of your fall getaway.

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Hot Spot #4 : River Road National Scenic Byway & Foote Pond Overlook

Perhaps a leisurely drive along a scenic roadway is just what you had in mind for a more traditional tour of the colors of fall?  You won’t want to miss the spectacular views along the River Road National Scenic Byway spanning 22-miles from Lake Huron to the inlands of the Huron-Manistee National Forest following the Au Sable River.  Revel in the sight of lush forests decorated in the warm hues of fall to the breath-taking vistas from the high sand bluffs overlooking Foote Pond. Following River Road 9 miles West of Oscoda, this overlook site features a paved access road and parking with universal access to an observation deck for everyone to enjoy.

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Hot Spot #5: Fishing the Au Sable River

Imagine yourself silently following the riverbanks of the scenic Au Sable River, seeking the perfect spot to cast a line for trout, salmon, walleye, and perch.  As your fly dances across the surface of the water, you are miles away from the hustle and bustle of the world, just enjoying the concentration on your next cast. The crisp fall season in the Oscoda region invites both beginners to try their hand at fly fishing and welcomes back the avid fishermen that wouldn’t miss out on one of the best fishing seasons of the year.

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Log off & live it up in Oscoda this fall!

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US-23 Heritage Route

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Plan Your Stay

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Wine and Hops Trail

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