Snowmobile Report

Enjoying Oscoda’s natural splendor isn’t all peaceful walks and quiet scenery! High adventure seekers fly through 91 miles of the Iosco County Snowmobile Trail system, and 25 miles of snowmobile trails located in Oscoda Township’s National Forest Service land. One trail is located to the south of River Road, and another section begins at the Ken Ratliff Park traveling through …the former WAFB north to the AuSable River and stretches through the central portion of the Township to M-65. These marked trails are groomed by the Michigan DNR Snowmobile Grant sponsors, including current sponsor, the Iosco County Parks and Recreation Board.

There are two snowmobile trail-heads conveniently located to Downtown Oscoda. One begins in the McQuaig Park parking lot, and the other launches from the Ken Ratliff Park parking lot. Both trails give riders direct access to the Iosco County trail system.

The trails are about an inch covered in snow with some spots more bare than others. As the snow packs down riding conditions will improve. To find out more information please contact the Oscoda Area Convention and Visitor’s Bureau at 989.739.0900.

Download the Department of Natural Resources Snowmobile Trail Map

Trail Report

Experienced XC Skiers

Highbanks Cross Country Ski Trail  This is a linear trail, covering 14 miles of scenic AuSable River bluff, running from Iargo Springs on the west past Lumbereman Monument to Sid Town. This back-country trail is marked but not groomed, and is suitable for novice to intermediate skiers.

Hoist Lakes Trails Longer loops and steeper hills offer an exciting challenge in beautiful surroundings. The trailhead is six miles north of Glennie on the west side of M-65 where parking is available.

Corsair Ski Trails This trail is nestled in the beautiful Silver Valley area, surrounded by 120,000 acres of Huron National Forest. The Corsair system offers 44 miles of groomed and tracked trail with a variety of terrain, being one of the largest groomed trail networks in Michigan.

Eagle Run located two miles west of Oscoda on River Road. The trail runs along the banks of the AuSable River in the Huron National Forest, through mixed hardwoods and pines. The trail consists of 11 miles of groomed loops of varying lengths and difficulty. Trails are 13 feet wide and double packed.

Beginning XC Skiers

Sled Hill (Old Orchard Park) is located eight miles west on River Road. Winter time fun for the whole family. Groomed sled hills.

Reid Lakeoffers six miles of gently rolling trails through an area of many ponds where you can easily find evidence of beaver activity. Parking lot is plowed but the trails are not groomed. The parking area and trailhead are located on the south side of M-72 across from Kohler Road. From Oscoda, follow F-41 north to M-72. Turn west and go 12.5 miles.

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View/Download the Eagle Run Trail Map

View/Download the Highbanks Trail Map

View/Download the Hoist Lakes Trail Map

View/Download the Reid Lake Trail Map

Fishing Report

AuSable River
Fishing for steelhead on the lower river was pretty good though angling pressure was very low. The river was pretty much ice-free and a good number of fish have already moved in from the lake. Anglers drifting spawn at Foote Dam are hooking some fish and those downstream are finding fish in typical, winter holding areas where the water is of moderate depth and slow. Hardware is working along with flies downstream.

Van Etten/Cedar Lake
The smaller lakes are frozen over now. Van Etten is doing great and has 8 – 10 inches of ice. Icefisherman are catching perch using crawlers. There are regular shanties out there so set yours up, be safe and have a good time!

Lake Huron
Now is the time to contact one of our Charter Captains to book your 2015 charter fishing trips. It’s sure to be an experience you will enjoy. Click here for a list of Charter Boats.