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Hale is located in Plainfield Township in Iosco County. C. D. Hale came from New York State and began lumbering in the northwest part of Iosco County about 1880. His camps were located at the lake there, and the lake and the creek, as well as this village were named for him. A flag station on the Detroit, Bay City & Alpena Railroad. Today, Hale is a fast growing community because of its location to so many lakes and streams. Population: 3,490. Township Hall: 220 North Washington, Hale, MI 48739, (989) 728-2811. Photo of Au Sable River taken from Iargo Springs.
Iargo Springs [Natural Attractions], 17b miles west of Oscoda. Natural spring running into Au Sable River. Steep drop-off from roadway to spring. Located on the River Road Scenic Byway, this site, considered a holy place by native Americans, offers a breathtaking view of the AuSable River Valley from a 30' high observation deck. For the adventurous, walk down 294 steps and enter a mystical place where underground springs come together and form cold water streams. Walk along the elevated boardwalk and enjoy the serenity.
Euper's Sage Lake Resort [Resorts & Lodges], 336 Ranger Point Rd, Hale, MI 48739, Phone: (989) 473-2283
Gordon's Live Bait [Bait & Tackle Shops], 6095 M 65, Hale, MI 48739, Phone: (989) 728-2961
Long Lake Marine Service [Boat Dealer, Boat Repair & Storage, Snowmobiles], 4951 East Main, Long Lake, MI 48743, Phone: (989) 257-6778
Loon Lake Lutheran Retreat Center [Christian Retreat Center], Address: P.O. Box 126, Hale, MI 48739, Phone: (989) 728-2495
Michigan Shore to Shore Riding & Hiking Trail [Equestrian Trails], 5806 E. State Rd., Hale, MI 48739, Phone: (989) 473-3205.. This 400 mile trail is maintained by the Michigan Trail Riders Association (MTRA). For Trail Maps contact the MTRA at Phone: (989) 473-3205.
Monument National Forest Campground, Huron Shores Ranger Station, 5761 North Skeel Road, Oscoda MI 48750. Phone: (989) 739-0728. Monument Campground is located in Iosco County, Michigan. The nearest communities are Tawas City to the southeast, Oscoda to the east and Glennie and Hale to the west. Monument Campground is a fully accessible camping area within a red pine plantation. The campground was established by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930's and recently upgraded with paved spurs, accessible toilets and grills. It is located next to Lumberman's Monument Visitor Center. The campground offers a secluded, natural camping experience with many opportunities to view wildlife. 19 campsites.
Rollways National Forest Campground, Huron Shores Ranger Station, 5761 North Skeel Road, Oscoda, MI 48750. Phone: (989) 739-0728. Rollways Campground is located in Iosco County, Michigan. The nearest community is Hale, about 7 miles south. Rollways Campground is a small, secluded campground located along the beautiful AuSable River. The campground offers pull-through style camping sites and is an excellent camping area for the nature lover. Access to the river from the campground is very steep and difficult. Boating and fishing access to Loud Pond is available six miles east along M-65 to Loud Dam Pond and the Loud Dam boat launch. Rollways has two declks, picnic grounds and a log shelter. Rollways picnic area is part of the Recreation Fee Demonstration Project and a vehicle pass is required there. 18 campsites.
Round Lake National Forest Campground, Huron Shores Ranger Station, 5761 North Skeel Road, Oscoda MI 48750. Phone: (989) 739-0728. Round Lake Campground is located in Iosco County, Michigan. The nearest communities include East Tawas, about 9 miles southeast and Hale, about 9 miles northwest. Round Lake Campground is a scenic, wooded camping area offering a wide variety of recreation opportunities. Anglers can find sunfish, bass and pike while campers can relax at the beach or have a picnic. The campground is located in the village of Sand Lake. Groceries and gas are nearby. 33 campsites.
South Branch National Forest Trail Camp, Huron Shores Ranger Station, Oscoda, MI 48750. Phone: (989) 739-0728. South Branch Trail Camp is located in Iosco County, Michigan. The nearest community is South Branch 5 miles to the west and Hale 10 miles to the south. South Branch Trail Camp serves the 240-mile Michigan Shore-to-Shore Riging and Hiking Trail. The camp primarily serves campers with horses using the trail system, however anyone is welcome. South Branch Trail Camp is adjacent to the South Branch River which contains brown trout and is with 1.5 miles of Loud Dam on the Au Sable River. There are many places for horses to rest and campers to recreate.