Photo Contest

We have a new contest open to anyone out there that has a picture of any location in our area or simply out having fun on a beautiful day here in Oscoda! It needs to be high resolution, crisp, clear picture.

If your picture is chosen, you will win $50.00. The Oscoda Area CVB will use your photo (we obtain the rights). So get out those photos and if you have that “one special photo” we are looking for send it our way to staff@oscoda.com. You may just be our next winner!

Photo is by Northern Living Photography!

Free ORV Weekends: August 20-21

Contact: Maia Turek, 989-225-8573 or Rob Katona, 906-228-6561

Michigan DNR announces Free ORV Weekends June 11-12 and Aug. 20-21

orv_originalThe Michigan Department of Natural Resources invites off-road enthusiasts to enjoy two Free ORV Weekends this summer. During these weekends, Michigan residents and nonresidents can legally ride DNR-designated routes and trails, including Silver Lake State Park, without purchasing an ORV license or trail permit.

ORV riders can explore more than 3,800 miles of designated ORV trails. All rules found in the ORV Handbook of Michigan Off-Road Vehicle Laws apply. ORV trail maps are available at www.michigan.gov/orvtrails.

Outdoor enthusiasts can plan their ORV trips and take advantage of Michigan’s best travel deals during the following weekends: 

  • The first Free ORV Weekend will take place June 11-12 and will offer the best vacation value for outdoor enthusiasts. In addition to fees being waived for ORV trail licenses and permits, the year’s second Free Fishing Weekend will take place, and the Recreation Passport will not be required at any state park or recreation area during that weekend.
  • The second Free ORV Weekend is set for Aug. 20-21. Get a little trail time in with the kids before they head back to school. It is also an excellent time to head to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula for a long weekend of scenic vistas, miles of uninterrupted trails, friendly lodging and dining experiences. A Recreation Passport will be required for entry to state parks and recreation areas this weekend.

For more information, contact Maia Turek at turekm@michigan.gov or 989-225-8573 or Rob Katona at katonar@michigan.gov or 906-228-6561. 

Inside Michigan’s Great Outdoors subscribers are always the first to know about reservation opportunities, state park events and other outdoor happenings. Visit www.michigan.gov/dnr to subscribe now.

Learn more about how the Recreation Passport gains you access to any Michigan state park, fee-based boat launch, state forest campground or nonmotorized state trailhead parking at www.michigan.gov/recreationpassport. The Recreation Passport will not be required during the June 11-12 Free ORV Weekend.

/Editors’ note: An accompanying photo is available below for download. A suggested caption follows.

Michigan’s Free ORV Weekends, June 11-12 and Aug. 20-21, allow ORV riders to explore more than 3,800 miles of designated ORV trails./


July 13th & 16th at dusk at the Oscoda beach park.  Free Admission, bring you lawn chair and blanket. Sit back and enjoy!

7 Must-See Michigan Destinations for 2016

Oscoda. The Lake Michigan coastline gets al lot of love, but the Sunrise Coast and Lake Huronshowcase their own beauty like in the resort town of Oscoda. Grab a cup of coffee at the colorful Garden View Coffee Mill, then head down the street for a walk on the pier at Oscoda Beach Park.  Time your visit for the summer and you might run into their Annual Art on the Beach fair. Just north of town sits miles of sugar sand beach fun. For nature enthusiasts, head west of town along theRiver Road National Scenic Byway and you will quickly be in the Huron National Forest. Waterfalls, scenic overlooks, hiking trails, monuments, lumberjacks, 300+ step staircases and plenty of camping options await you. Eagle’s Nest Overlook is a must visit.