The Huron National Forest, in the lower peninsula of Michigan, was established in 1909. There are many fun activities in this forest of lakes, hills and wetlands. Recreational opportunities abound, as well as unique attractions, wildlife and beautiful views. The forest is just east of your Williamsburg bed and breakfast.
Lumberman's Monument Visitor's Center
River and Monument Rd.
Oscoda Township, MI 48750
The Lumberman's Monument Visitor's Center gives a glimpse into the days when lumbering was the main occupation among residents in the forest. They worked in the forest cutting trees and building the industry along the Au Sable River. Today, you can see the Lumberman Statue which stands 14 feet tall on the banks of the river. There are many things to see at the center. Most of the displays are interactive and allow you to use the tools and get a little taste of the lumberjack's lifestyle. You can hike down to the river and board the Wanigan, which was used as a floating kitchen. There is a short trail that will take you to an observation deck. Normal operating hours are 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. There is no admission fee to the center.
Au Sable Scenic River
W. River Rd.
Oscoda Township, MI 48750
The Au Sable River flows diagonally through Huron National Forest. You can take a scenic drive along the river. Just follow River Road from the west onto Au Sable Road and McKinley Road. These roads travel alongside the river, giving beautiful views of the forest and wildlife. Enjoy the historic significance of the river and its former uses by the Indians and lumberjacks in the area. There are interesting attractions and stops along the way. You can also take advantage of the river's recreational opportunities. There are several places to rent a canoe or an innertube along the river. The Au Sable is also a popular spot for trout fishermen. Enjoy the river before heading back to your Williamsburg inn.
Tuttle Marsh Wildlife Area
5761 N. Skeel Ave.
Oscoda, MI 48750
The Tuttle Marsh Wildlife Area is located at the southeast corner of the Huron National Forest. This a 5,000 acre wetland that houses many species of reptiles, birds, insects and more. The animals are protected here at the marsh, but they are still not accustomed to humans. You can see lots of wildlife if you drive slowly along the roads. If you step out of the car, the birds and other animals tend to be scared away. The marsh sees many migrating birds that find refuge and food in the flooded areas. You will also see rare plant life in the wetlands such as Cardinal flowers, Indian Paintbrush and tresses. Tuttle Marsh is open year round.
1755 S. Mitchell St.
Cadillac, MI 49601
There are many trails in the Huron National Forest that are open in the winter for skiing and snowshoeing. There are also snowmobile trails in the forest. Rangers recommend you always check weather conditions before heading out on the trails, and never go out alone in the snow. A map of the area is available at the visitor's center.