Midwest Living Review
Visitors head to Oscoda, Michigan, for pretty much one reason: the beach. Or, in this case, the beaches -- plural. Three public beaches in or near town give guests plenty of places to spend the day. They each offer a beautiful stretch of sand perfect for castle building or sunbathing, plus a safe place to swim. They each have distinctive features. Oscoda Beach Park, located within walking distance of downtown Oscoda, is the most popular (read: the most crowded). But it also has the most to offer, with a bathhouse, a skate park, a basketball court, a playground and a small boardwalk. A tree-shaded picnic area near the parking lot offers respite from the sun. For a more secluded experience, seek out Three Mile Beach Park, approximately 3 miles from downtown Oscoda. It's hidden behind low dunes interspersed by pockets of trees, giving it a secluded feel. It's also linked to town by a paved bike path and includes a state roadside park where there is parking. The AuSable Shoreline Park, just south of downtown Oscoda, offers the same brand of gorgeous swimming beach that you'll find elsewhere around town. But this beach is also a popular birding destination, especially in the spring. A viewing platform gives birders a place to view some 90 recorded species. If you find yourself looking for a place to relax by the water in Oscoda, any of these three beaches should fill the bill perfectly.