Au Sable River Day Trip - McKInley, Michigan
McKinley, Michigan is an historic logging community on the banks of the Au Sable River. This small community is now mostly seasonal and is well known to folks on their way to the Kirtland's Warbler viewing sites and to folks floating the river and looking for a good place to stop for lunch.
The area was settled in the late 1800's as the timber industry followed the forests north. The Au Sable river was the main highway into the area. Even train engines, rails and everything else was floated down the river from Grayling. The town grew rapidly with the lumbering boom and declined just as rapidly when the timber ran out and the railroad shut down.
McKinley may not be the biggest town in Oscoda County anymore but, it is still one of the most visited. There are more than 300 cottage/home owners in the area and there are active civic groups in town.