River Road Scenic Byway - Michigan Scenic Drives


The River Road Scenic Byway is 22 miles of paved highway that parallel the beautiful and historic Au Sable River. Byway travelers have many opportunities to enjoy panoramic vistas atop high sand bluffs, to reflect upon the rich historical events that shaped a nation, and to view wildlife and unique plant communities in their natural setting. Most of the sites have barrier-free access and can be enjoyed year-round. While traveling the Byway, tune your radio to 1610 AM for information on what to see and do in the area.

The Byway is located in Iosco County, Michigan. The nearest communities are Tawas and East Tawas to the southeast, Oscoda to the east, Hale at the west end and Glennie to the north.

The EAST entrance of the Byway is accessible from Oscoda by turning west onto River Road off State Highway 23.

The WEST entrance of the Byway is on State Highway 65, 5 miles north of Hale, Michigan.

Facilities and Opportunities
Eastgate Information Center
Westgate Information Center
Iargo Interpretive Site
Rollways Recreation Area
Canoer's Memorial
Foote Pond Overlook
Lumberman's Monument Visitor Center
Kiwanis Monument
Hydroelectric dams
Hiking, cross-country skiing
Horseback riding, snowmobile, ORV trails
Boat launches
Kirtland's warbler habitat areas

The River Road Scenic Byway is open all year. Please check with the Tawas Ranger District - Huron-Manistee National Forests for additional information.

Published: 28 Apr 2002 | Last Updated: 17 May 2011
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication


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