Looking for a way to truly get away from the hustle and bustle of the city? The same destinations that bring outdoor enthusiasts to the Oscoda region in the warm summer months, provide quiet refuge when the snow falls. Let the Sunrise Side be your destination for making great wintertime memories, whether you seek quiet exploration in the woods on cross-country skis or zipping across the snow-covered tundra on your sled. There is something for everyone during winter in Oscoda.

Close up of cross country skis on trail


XC Adventure on the Corsair Trails

If cross-country skiing is just your speed, Corsair Trails is your perfect destination for days of deep woods exploration, on well-groomed trails.  The Corsair system is one of the largest groomed XC skiing trail networks in Michigan. Three groomed ski trail loops total 28.3 miles of trails. Experience sunny open vistas, stands of fir trees and towering hardwoods along the edge of winding, ice-locked streams.

This trail system is a shared effort between the U.S. Forest Service and the Corsair Trail Council and is very well cared for by dedicated volunteers. If you aren’t already geared up for this adventure, ski rentals are available at Nordic Sports Adventure Outfitters in East Tawas.

Once you have enjoyed your day of winter trail exploration, head to Wiltse’s Brew Pub. Wiltse’s is a local favorite and is one of the first brewpubs in the state. They welcome you with a relaxed vibe, comfort food, and good beer. The game room features cornhole, pool, shuffleboard, and more. This is just the place to wrap up a day exploring the trails of Oscoda.

Huron House Bedroom

Extend your trip with a memorable stay at The Huron House Bed & Breakfast. Relax in your luxurious room featuring a king bed, fireplace, private hot tub. In the morning, you will awake to a view of the glorious sunrise over Lake Huron. Linger awhile longer for a delicious breakfast that will be deliver right to your room. You will return refreshed from your relaxing winter retreat.

Close up of snowmobiler


Wide Open Winter Trails

Oscoda is the eastern gateway to the northern Michigan snowmobile trail network. Our trail map will show you how to access the trails right from downtown Oscoda, connecting as far as you want to go through the Huron National Forest and beyond.

After a day of winter trail riding, head back to Oscoda to warm up at the Hilltop Bar & Grill on Mill St. in Oscoda. The Hilltop is one of the oldest bars in northeast Michigan, residing in the same location since 1884. Burgers are the big draw, Friday night is popular for the fish fry, and Saturday night it’s the prime rib dinner. The Hilltop’s friendly staff and comfortable atmosphere makes it the perfect small-town hangout!

Anchorage Cottages

Need a place to stay after your sledding adventure? Anchorage Retreat Center, The Camp Inn Lodge, The Lake Huron Resort, Oscoda Lakeside Hotel, and Huron House Bed & Breakfast are all open year round and provide a comfortable place to warm up and rest for another great day on the trails.

kids playing on beach


Start Planning for Summer!

The early bird gets the….well, in this case it is the best selection of accommodations for the summer season. Even as the snow flies and the temperatures may not be beckoning you to the lakeshore, plans are still being made for days in the warm sand and sunshine. Reserve now for the best selection of dates and accommodations for your summer getaway! Visit our Where to Stay page to find your comfort zone.