Dear Old Orchard Park
Due to some confusion on the
operational definition for ď24 days after the stay at home order is lifted,Ē we
wanted to clarify how this applies to our Campground.Old Orchard Park employees are
STILL scheduled to return to work on May
2020 to attend to the landscaping and infrastructure maintenance
needs as defined in the most recent Executive Orders. As such, the campground
will do its best to open to the public 24 days after
that. For example; if employees are back
to work May
29th, 2020 then we would anticipate opening the campground June
2020 as long as there are no more changes in the Governors Order.But please realize, in an effort to
keep the public and our employees safe, the park will be observing ALL social
distancing guidelines and restrictions currently in effect. We understand the Governorís orders
allowed landscaping, but it also did not allow government employees to work
unless it is essential under the definition of her orders.The campground is leased from
Consumerís Energy to Oscoda Township. Old Orchard Park operations are an extension
of Oscoda Township and therefore must comply with not only the Federal Energy
Regulatory Commission rules and Consumerís Energy rules, but must also comply
with Michigan municipal law.We realize this is an uncertain and
confusing time, but we are doing our best to post pertinent information in a
timely manner. Stay safe and we hope to see everyone soon!
We apologize for the
inconvenience. You can learn more by visiting Michigan.gov/Coronavirus
Old Orchard Park Campground
We invite you to visit or stay in beautiful Old Orchard, which is one of the
largest campgrounds in Northeast Michigan. Located within the Huron-Manistee
National Forest, along the River Road Scenic Byway, the park which is nearly
four miles long, overlooks Foote Pond, which formed after the construction of
Foote Dam in 1916, on the AuSable River. The park is open from March thru
November each year, with plenty of outdoor recreation opportunities for all three
This public recreation facility is part of a Consumers Energy Hydroelectric Dam
Project licensed by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and is operated
883 E. River Road
Oscoda, MI 48750 (989) 739-7814
30-day (monthly) sites will not be permitted between Memorial Day and Labor Day.
* Campers staying 21 days between Memorial Day and Labor Day will be required to moves sites after 21 days; (21 days on, 21 days off).
* Campers not moving unit after 21 days will be subject to fines and/or camping unit removal at the owner's expense.
* There will be an additional $30.00 late fee assessed for every campsite remaining beyond their expiration date.
Fishing & Hunting
The AuSable River provides excellent Bass, Walleye, Pike and Perch fishing! Pan fish are plentiful and can be caught anytime along the shores of the campground. Steelhead, Atlantic Salmon, Coho and Chinook Salmon are abundant in their spawning runs below Foote Dam, downstream from the campground.
Although there is no hunting allowed within the boundaries of the campground, there are thousands of acres of state and federal forests adjacent to the campground that provide a variety of game. An abundance of Oak, Evergreen, Birch and Poplar trees provide excellent feed and cover for deer, squirrel, rabbit, partridge and other game, and the sheltered waters of Foote Dam pond provides some of the best duck hunting in the area.
Plan to enjoy our wide variety of programmed recreational activities for the entire family:
- Scavenger Hunts
- Water Fun
- Arts & Crafts (seasonal)
In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, religion, sex, familial status, sexual orientation, and reprisal. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs).
To file a complaint of discrimination, write to: USDA, Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Stop 9410, Washington, DC 20250-9410. Or call toll-free at (866) 632-9992 (English) or (800) 877-8339 (TDD) or (866) 377-8642 (English Federal-relay) or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish Federal-relay). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.