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Lumberman's Monument, Oscoda

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Lumberman's Monument is a monument dedicated to the workers of the early logging industry in Michigan. Standing at 14 feet, the bronze statue features a log surrounded by three figures: a timber cruiser holding a compass, a sawyer with his saw slung over his shoulder, and a river rat resting his peavey on the ground. The granite base of the statue is engraved with a memorial that reads "Erected to perpetuate the memory of the pioneer lumbermen of Michigan through whose labors was made possible the development of the prairie states." It is also inscribed with the names of the logging families who dedicated their time and efforts to the industry in the area. It was built in 1931, dedicated in 1932 and is managed by the USDA Forest Service. It is located in the northeastern part of the Lower Peninsula of Michigan along the Au Sable River within Huron-Manistee National Forests. Access to the park is on River Road, which intersects M-65 west of Oscoda, Michigan. Monument Road, from East Tawas, also leads directly to the monument, which is in Oscoda Township in Iosco County. The monument is part of the River Road Scenic Byway, a 22mi drive between Oscoda and South Branch that runs parallel with the beautiful Au Sable River. It is a designated National Scenic Byway.
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  • Outstanding view and well maintained park! Really got a sense of what it was like to be a lumberman.  more »
  • Our family loves coming here and walking around and looking at stuff they have there. Plus the views are gorgeous.  more »
  • We have been to this places for several years. It has a great view and point to see the colorful leaves on Ausble river. Yes, this is an official picture you saw everywhere online. This monument has w...  more »
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  • Bring some good shoes! Great place to visit in Iosco County any time of the year.
  • The feeling you get running down the sand dunes is so worth the climb back up. Watching the sunset here is amazing!
  • Beautiful views, excellent well marked trails with educational signs. Huge sand dunes you can explore. The steps/stairway is a bit intimidating. I recommend if you have bad knees/hips/heart that you proceed with caution. But once you conquer it it will be a memory to remember. Also great statue and other things to look at.
  • Great place to take the family for a nice outdoor educational adventure! I’ve been here multiple times, it’s always fun. They parks department does a great job at maintaining and improving the park. There is a nice new stair case (a long ways down) that will take you to the river. Where you can see what the lumbermen used to stay on when on the river. Staff here is friendly and eager to tell you the history of the nation forest. Parking is close to the monument. The park has a lot of plaques that give you every little detail of a lumberman’s life, from his tools, to the dangers of the job. If you’re in the area I would definitely recommend stopping here for some great photos and education.
  • This whole experience was not only beautiful, but educational and kind of mind blowing! I would definitely recommend, going and learning the history of the lumber men. You get to learn the very details of life back then while on your adventure. Everything is very well maintained. It's also a stunning drive to get to the park. The stairs are worth the climb, the overlooks/sights you get are gorgeous! Absolutely breathtaking in some spots. The nature and scenery is peaceful and enjoyable. A must-visit little treasure in Oscoda!
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