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Outdoor Recreation

Iosco County is your source for year ‘round outdoor fun

Iosco County is overflowing with space to play in the great outdoors.  As the months pass, the natural landscape takes on a new outlook, from springtime flowers to the fully-blossomed trees of summer to the colorful landscape of fall and the white blanket of winter.

Spring and fall offer opportunities for outdoor recreation ranging from hiking, fishing and birding to colorful foliage tours.  Hunting season attracts firearm and bow hunters from all over the state.

During the summer months, the waters around the county sparkle in their various forms and sizes.  Iosco County water resources comprise more than 40 miles of Great Lakes shoreline, 260 miles of rivers and stream and nearly 12,000 acres of lakes and ponds.

The waters are magnets for sunbathers, swimmers, boaters, and those who fish.  The area offers multiple pristine public beaches. Public boat launches and parking are available all around.  The lakes and rivers provide ample space and a diversity of conditions to accommodate all types of boating, canoeing, and kayaking

Residents and visitors have access to more than 134,000 acres of national wildlife refuge, state forest, parks and recreation areas.  There’s plenty of room for hiking, biking, camping, picnicking, wildlife viewing and getting away from it all.

From the award winning Scottish-style links, to challenging championship golf, to picturesque courses near the water, Iosco County has golf to suite every taste and every level of play.

The county’s 25 public parks offer a variety of activities for the whole family from playgrounds, walking trails, tennis courts, baseball and softball fields, soccer fields and picnic/event facilities.

When the brisk northern wind arrives, the area is capable of supporting many types of recreational activities such a cross-country skiing, snowmobiling and ice-fishing.  There are over 94 miles of snowmobile trails in the Huron National Forest with multiple access sites in Oscoda Township, Hale and Sand Lake.  Iosco County is the cross-country ski capital of Michigan, featuring 56 kilometers of groomed cross country trails at the Corsair Trails System, the largest groomed trail network in the state.

US23, Sunrise Side Coastal Highway is part of the Heritage Route from Mackinaw City to Standish.  It is nearly 200 miles of an excellent roadway system that takes travelers by spectacular scenic view of Lake Huron and an astounding array of large public forest, park and recreational properties.  The River Road National Forest Scenic Byway parallels the AuSable River where bald eagles soar over Cooke Dam, one of four hydroelectric generating plants visible along the byway.  Much of northern Lake Huron shoreline is free and accessible to residents and visitors alike.

Regardless of the season, Iosco County’s pristine water and natural landscape welcome you.

If you prefer to shop, we are your destination for specialty shopping.  You’ll find many of bargains, original items and antiques in many of our quaint shops.

The Arts

One of our hidden treasures is the number of arts and crafts studios in the area.  Here you will find just about anything handmade, including pottery, jewelry, paintings, ceramics, furniture, wood workings, and much more.  Many celebrations and events are held throughout the year to celebrate and showcase these local treasures

The county is also home to a vibrant cultural scene of music, dance and theater.