The Gateway to the North

There are many Points of Interest near Hale.
This page has some main attractions popular with tourists and the local people of Hale!

River Road Scenic Byway
The River Road Scenic Byway is 22 miles of paved highway which runs along the beautiful and historic Au Sable River. Byway travelers have many opportunities to enjoy beautiful scenic views from atop high sand bluffs, and to view wildlife in their natural setting. Most of the sites have barrier-free access and can be enjoyed year-round. While traveling the Scenic Byway, tune your radio to 1610 AM for information on what to see and do in the area.
Click here to view an interactive map of River Road
The Byway is located in Iosco County, Michigan.
The nearest communities are Hale to the west, Glennie to the north,
Tawas to the southeast and Oscoda to the east.

  • The WEST entrance of the Byway starts on M-65
    5 miles north of Hale.
  • The EAST entrance of the Byway starts in Oscoda by turning west onto River Road off US-23
There are various sight seeing facilities along the Scenic Byway such as:
  • Eastgate Information Center
  • Westgate Information Center
  • Rollways Recreation Area
  • Iargo Springs Interpretive Site
  • Lumberman's Monument Visitor Center
  • Canoer's Memorial
  • Kiwanis Monument
  • Foote Pond Overlook
  • Hydroelectric dams
  • Fishing
  • Boat Launches
  • Horseback riding
  • Camping
  • Cross country skiing
  • Snowmobile, ORV trails
  • Kirtland's warbler habitat areas
For Scenic Byway information call the US Forest Service at: 517 739-0728
The Huron-Manistee National Forest with it's many acres and miles of  forest provide many opportunities for sporting enthusiasts. Tourists can enjoy trail hiking, horseback riding, camping, snowmobile and ORV trails, small game and white tail deer hunting, boating and canoeing on the Ausable River.
Just a short scenic drive through the Huron-Manistee National Forest and to the east of  Hale are Tawas and Oscoda. Known as the Sunrise Side these towns offer shopping districts and beaches. Tawas is home to the Tawas Point State park, Tawas Point Lighthouse, and Newman Street famous for its shops. Oscoda is home to the Ausable River Canoe Marathon Finish Line every summer.

The Au Sable River is a major tributary to Lake Huron. It is approximately 90 miles long. The river basin is partially within the Huron National Forest and includes parts of Iosco, Ogemaw, Roscommon, Alcona, Crawford, Montmorency and Otsego counties.
With a 5 mile scenic drive through the woods you can see Loud Dam and Five Channels Dam which offer some very good fishing and excellent canoeing, tubing or boating.
Every year the Ausable River Canoe Marathon is an exciting event for the entire family!

For more information on the Ausable River you can visit the Dept. of Natural Resources web site.


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