Au Sable Cruise

Oscoda, Michigan

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Historically, the Au Sable River has served as a commercial waterway, first for Native Americans, then for fur traders, and then for the lumber industry, as white pine logs from inland forests floated down to Lake Huron sawmill towns. Today the ?river of sand? is still a workhorse, providing power from six hydroelectric dams. But these days the Au Sable is also a major source of recreation, hosting an annual marathon canoe race, legions of fishermen and boaters, and, of course, bicyclists. River Road, a National Forest Scenic Byway that runs along the Au Sable, is the heart of this ride. Highlights include a monument to the lumbering industry and a picturesque natural spring that feeds the Au Sable, which in turn feeds Lake Huron. You?ll probably want to feed yourself before setting off or else stock up your bike bag, as food options are somewhat limited on the route. Perhaps it's the sense of adventure spiced with mystery that a river stirs within. Though it is often obscured from road view by trees, or from convenient access by high banks, you still know it's there, and you know it's going someplace. There's a purpose to its flow, other than to lap pleasantly at a beach.
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Road Biking Michigan

by Cari Noga (Falcon Guides)

Historically, the Au Sable River has served as a commercial waterway, first for Native Americans, then for fur traders, and then for the lumber industry, as white pine logs from inland forests floated down to Lake Huron sawmill towns. Today the ?river of sand? is still a workhorse, providing power from six hydroelectric dams. But these days the Au Sable is also a major source of recreation, hosting an annual marathon canoe race, legions of fishermen and boaters, and, of course, bicyclists. River Road, a National Forest Scenic Byway that runs along the Au Sable, is the heart of this ride.

Highlights include a monument to the lumbering industry and a picturesque natural spring that feeds the Au Sable, which in turn feeds Lake Huron. You?ll probably want to feed yourself before setting off or else stock up your bike bag, as food options are somewhat limited on the route. Perhaps it's the sense of adventure spiced with mystery that a river stirs within. Though it is often obscured from road view by trees, or from convenient access by high banks, you still know it's there, and you know it's going someplace. There's a purpose to its flow, other than to lap pleasantly at a beach.

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Activity Type: Road Biking
Nearby City: Oscoda
Distance: 41.6
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Season: Best spring through fall
Driving Directions: Directions to Au Sable Cruise

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