"Gateway to Huron National Forest & Scenic Byway to the Au Sable River"

Lumberman’s Monument Visitor Center interprets the area’s colorful lumbering past. The 14-foot Lumberman’s Monument stands on a high bank with the Au Sable River providing a scenic backdrop. Learn about the industry that helped develop northern Michigan and the men who cut the timber that helped build a nation. Climb through a log jam, use a peavey, cut a wooden cookie with a cross-cut saw, and learn about the life of a lumberjack through video and displays. Hike the stairway down to the wanigan, a loggers floating kitchen, or take the short trail to the dune observation deck. Enjoy a Kid’s Day program or take a guided nature hike on the Forest Discovery Trail. Looking for a longer hike? Try the Highbanks River Trail. Camping is available at the Monument Campground, located near the visitor center.

Hale...... the Land of  60 Lakes

"Gateway to Huron National Forest & Scenic Byway to the Au Sable River"

Canoer's Memorial is a site of historical significance in the county. Marathon canoe racing began in 1940, with a 240 mile race down the Au Sable River from Grayling to the mouth of the Au Sable in Oscoda. This race has been held annually since that time. In 1950, a monument was erected on the site to commermorate marathon canoe racing. This monument sits high above Cooke Pond, providing a breathtaking view of the river and forest landscape and a very popular fall color site. Visitors can also access the Highbanks Hiking and Ski Trail from this site.

Hale...... the Land of  60 Lakes

This observation area is located in Alcona County, 100 feet above the beautiful Au Sable National Scenic River. After traversing down a short, level, gravel path, visitors will enjoy a view of the river and surrounding forest. More adventurous visitors, or fisherman, can walk down to the river using the staircase. Be it spring, summer or fall, bird-watching is an excellent activity for this area, with visitors spotting many varieties of waterfowl, along with King Fishers.

Provides a spectacular panoramic view of the AuSable River. Site includes large natural springs and is on the banks of the AuSable River, two of the springs have dams. Varied flora includes riparian wildflowers and old growth hardwood. Observation deck, stairway to spring area, boardwalk and some interpretive signs. Highbanks Trailhead.