Description - Running with the Au Sable (River of Sand) for twenty two miles through the white pine forests of Michigan is the River Road Scenic Byway. Once a westward link for Native Americans and French Fur traders the Au Sable River continues to be a major water way today. Six hydroelectric dams, providing power to surrounding communities, have created thousands of acres of tree-lined lakes that are home to bass, walleye, norther pike, tiger muskies, and other fish. The abundant fish and remoteness of the dams, in addition to keeping the fishermen happy, have aided in the recovery of the bald eagle along this part of the Au Sable River. Not the only wildlife to benefit from the Au Sable, visitors can view abundant wildlife from the high banks of the river. In fact, the scenery one sees from the River Road Scenic Byway has just the right combination of open water and forested land to create a view known for its postcard like quality. Try taking pictures in the fall with white birch trees in the foreground for a breathtaking memory which will bring you back to the River Road Scenic Byway year after year.
- The River Road Scenic Byway is known for it's Cultural, Historical, Natural, Recreational and Scenic Attractions.
Directions from : Located in Iosco County, Michigan, the River Road Scenic Byway begins three miles west of Oscoda on River Road and runs west to State Highway 65. From here the Byway turns west another four miles on M-65 to the Rollways area. The EAST entrance of the Byway is accessible from Oscoda by turning west onto River Road off State Highway 23. The WEST entrance of the Byway is on State Highway 65, 5 miles north of Hale, Michigan.