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I've heard from people at school that Oscoda is a nice town to vacation to in upper lower peninsula. Does anyone have any thoughts or pictures of it?

Oscoda is a neat little town......once home to a large miltary base, the base closed in the early 90's, leaving the town for ruin......but the town reinvented itself to become a vacation retreat.

Now, there is not a lot to do in Oscoda.....except relax, play golf, canoe the Au-Sable river, eat, or hang on the beach.....but it is not far from a few other small/neat cities, like Tawas...

It would be a nice, relaxing weekend destination, if nothing else.

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I grew up by Oscoda (sort of). They were in my high school's conference. Although, my hometown is pretty similar to Oscoda. We're both northern Lake Huron towns with pretty popular Great Lakes marinas. In high school, I worked at my town's marina (Rogers City Marina) and one of the most popular destination boaters were enroute to or were coming from was Oscoda.

It's very rural and what makes it unique is that Northern Michigan's most notable river (the Au Sable) empties into Lake Huron at Oscoda. There's also some nice, and very quiet/rustic beaches here.

I don't have any pictures, but maybe on my next visit back home, I will take US-23 from Standish.

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Oscoda's a real small town isn't it?

My greatgrandmothers estate was up there we used to go visit her back in the 80's haven't been there since.

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Oscoda's a real small town isn't it?

My greatgrandmothers estate was up there we used to go visit her back in the 80's haven't been there since.

Yah. It used to be a lot bigger, but when the Air Force Base closed it basically pulled the rug out from under the town, and they still haven't recovered.

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Yah. It used to be a lot bigger, but when the Air Force Base closed it basically pulled the rug out from under the town, and they still haven't recovered.

Exactly. I live in Oscoda. And as for whoever said something about an old school being turned into condos -- WHERE did you hear that?!

All of NE Michigan, to me, seems economically depressed. Seems like every week another business closes up. We still do well on the tourism trade though, it seems.

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Oscoda Township is one of the fastest shrinking communities in Michigan.

Year Population

1990 11,958

2000 7,428

2004 7,084

:shok:

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All of NE Michigan, to me, seems economically depressed. Seems like every week another business closes up. We still do well on the tourism trade though, it seems.

My family is from Rogers City, so I can attest to your statement. There are 3 high schools in Presque Isle County and the first hints at consolidation between Rogers City and Posen are forming. The schools won't be under one roof anytime soon, but management and budget (I think) is what's being considered to save costs in leadership.

The way to break up Northern Michigan is by I-75. Anywhere east of it is the "dark" half. Anything west of 75 is the "promise" land. ;)

Exit 310 is M-68. Go east of the overpass and you'll be headed into the baren forestlands. But if you go west of the overpass, you're headed into the prosperous, attractive influence of the Lake Michigan Coast areas. The traffic differences are like night and day on each side of the overpass too.

Just thought I'd share that little blurp.

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I had a friend who used to go to school there. The school has lost nearly half of its student body. Attributed to the military base closure I presume.

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That's probably part of it. But yes, the whole area is economically depressed. No one has any money and no one makes any money. The 1990 to 2000 loss of population is misleading because the base closed in 1992 I think and it was HUUUGE

TPH thats interesting that you're from Oscoda....perhaps we've crossed paths... :ph34r:

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Wasn't there rumors floating of Boeing putting a facility at the military base? That would have definitely reversed the current population shift.

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They tried to attract Boeing but Boeing ended up locating in Washington or someplace out west I think, which surprised pretty much no one. But you're right, what a shot in the arm that would've been!

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They tried to attract Boeing but Boeing ended up locating in Washington or someplace out west I think, which surprised pretty much no one. But you're right, what a shot in the arm that would've been!

They also wanted to put a casino on the old air force base but that never happened. I really think that a casino would be a good idea... at least SOMEthing. Heck, even if our Family Dollar and Dollar General stores re-located to larger buildings...

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They also wanted to put a casino on the old air force base but that never happened. I really think that a casino would be a good idea... at least SOMEthing. Heck, even if our Family Dollar and Dollar General stores re-located to larger buildings...

I guess it could have been a good idea for tax revenue and whatnot, but I'm not real thrilled about casinos anyways. Besides, casinos have to be located on Indian (native american, whatever) property, right? Is the base still owned by the federal gov't or did they sell the land?

I would just like to see a industry locate there and stay for longer than a year. Seems like every couple years, everyone is happy because a couple new plants open up, then a year later 500 people are out of work again when the plant closes. Oh well.

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Here's the thing, when Michigan voters passed Proposal 1 in 2004 it makes it so that every single new lottery game/casino proposed has to be passed by voters with the catch being that this doesn't apply to Detroit or Native American's. It was a proposal put together by Detroit gaming to limit competition, but many voters didn't know that. What Proposal 1 does it makes it much harder for those looking to develop casinos in Michigan to do so outside of Detroit and Native American reservations and deals.

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