| |Lumberman's Monument is far more than just the Huron-Manistee National Forest's only visitor center.
The quintessential northern Michigan vista pairs with Oscoda Township's rich logging heritage, making Lumberman's Monument a must-see stop for visitors. Enjoy interactive displays, historic artifacts, picnic grounds, and breathtaking views of Cooke Pond. The famous nine-foot bronze statue by Robert Ingersoll Aitkin memorializing three lumbermen and their historic lumbering tools has become as integral to the landmark as the trees and lookout themselves.
Oscoda is proud of its logging history. The difficult work accomplished by brave loggers in the 19th century provided the white pine necessary to meet the national demand for housing and other key manufacturing needs. This pride is evident by the local affinity for the Paul Bunyan tale. In 2006 the Michigan legislature declared Oscoda "the official home" of the legendary logger.
Runners, hikers and nature lovers alike are drawn to the hundreds of steps inset into the steep bank leading to the AuSable River. There visitors can explore the Wanigan, a replica of the floating cook shacks from the days of the lumbermen.
Modern restrooms are available. The site is handicapped accessible and a handicapped accessible trail leads from this monument to the High Banks area. Come for a fun afternoon or stay the whole weekend at the onsite campground.
Photo Credit: Denny Sierra, Great Getaways