The Lumberman’s Monument was erected in 1931
as a lasting memorial to the lumbermen that harvested
Michigan’s giant white pine. A 14 foot bronze statue
overlooks the beautiful Au Sable River. The three
figures represent various stages of the historic lumbering
operation. In the center, the timber cruiser holds a
compass, to his left, a sawyer holds an ax and cross-cut
saw. On the right, is the river rat using a peavey. Huron National Forest - Monument Info (PDF 61.31 KB) Huron National Forest - Monument Map (PDF 57.66 KB) DNR Lumberman's Monument Auto Tour (PDF 70.70 KB)
A stunning stop along the Scenic Byway is Iargo Springs, featuring an interpretive kiosk and a series of springs bursting from the sandy banks of the Au Sable River in the form of small waterfalls. The springs are tucked under a canopy of hemlock, pine, and maple near the river. There is a wonderful boardwalk at the springs, which are reached by descending a multitude of stairs.
River Road National Scenic Byway
The 22-mile River Road National Scenic Byway parallels the fabled Au Sable River. The river provided a westward route into the heart of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula for Native Americans and French fur trappers, loggers and fishermen. The river also served as the main eastward artery for loggers during northern Michigan’s “white pine era,” floating huge numbers of logs downstream each spring to sawmills on the shores of Lake Huron.
Today, the Au Sable River is still a major water route in this region, used by nature enthusiasts for a variety of recreational uses. Visitors enjoy views of lush upland and lowland forests, high-bank vistas, and vast watery impoundments for fishing and other recreational activities. The presence of a series of hydroelectric dams interrupt the river’s flow, while adding other aspects of interest for many.
Three monuments mark the historic nature of the waterway — Canoers' Memorial, honoring those who paddled this great river; Lumberman’s Monument, a tribute to those who labored in the surrounding forests; and the Kiwanis Monument,
commemorating the efforts of private citizens to reforest the state’s lands.
Tawas Point Lighthouse Tawas Point State Park’s expansive day-use beach offers acres of glistening white sugar sand, sprinkled with patches of dune grass and backed by low dunes on the Lake Huron side. The jewel of the park is Tawas Point Lighthouse, built in 1876. It is the only working model of Victorian-era light stations still in operation on the Great Lakes; and to walk through this historic structure and ascend its winding iron staircase is truly to step back in time. Tawas Point State Park - Michigan DNR Map - Tawas Point State Park(PDF 162 KB)
Monument Road - 4 Miles North of Corsair Ski Trails
The Kiwanis Monument, established in 1931,
honors the Kiwanis of Michigan, who donated
7,000,000 red pine seedings planted by U.S.
Forest Service crews from 1928 to 1930.