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Luzerne, Michigan

Luzerne is an unincorporated community governed by Big Creek Township in Oscoda County. Population:  2,778.  Township Hall Deeter Rd., P. O. Box 197,Luzerne, MI 48636, (989) 826-5992

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ATTRACTIONS:  Amusement Parks, Casinos, Farms & Mills, Historic Sites, Lighthouses, Museums, Planetariums, Tours, Waterfalls, Wineries, and Zoos

Luzerne Boardwalk [Wildlife Viewing Area] - U.S. Forest Service, Mio District Ranger Station, (989) 826-3252. Closest Town: Luzerne.  From the M-72 traffic light in Luzerne, drive south on Deeter Road for 1/2 mile to Palmer Road. Turn left (east) and proceed 1/4 mile to Galloway Road. Turn right (south) and drive 3/8 mile to Forest Road 3023. Turn left onto this two-track and drive until it ends at the Luzerne Boardwalk parking area. Boardwalk winds through an old growth cedar swamp along the bottomlands of the East Branch of Big Creek, just south of the village of Luzerne. With towering cedars overhead and water underneath, the sturdy boardwalk (constructed and used by horseback riders) offers a unique and beautiful hike. An extensive network of hiking/horse trails extends beyond the one-half mile boardwalk, but the boardwalk itself is not a loop trail. A tornado crossed this area in 1997 and uprooted some large white pine and cedar trees. These dead snags and downed timber attract woodpeckers and chickadees and provide cover for a variety of wildlife species including bears and bobcats.  Good birding can be found here during  spring and fall migration. In April and May, male  American woodcock may be heard and seen performing  their mating ritual in the air and upland fields near  the parking area. Nesting birds heard and often seen  during summer include ovenbirds, cedar waxwings, winter  wrens, and black-throated green warblers. Flowers  such as marsh marigold, sundew, turtlehead and jewelweed  can be spotted along the boardwalk. Native brook trout  can be viewed on occasion from a bridge that crosses  over the creek, especially in the fall when they are  spawning. A moss-covered opening adjacent to Big Creek  one-quarter mile from the beginning of the boardwalk  is a special place, and is home to edge species such  as indigo buntings and song sparrows. The two-track road and parking area are  rough and narrow. Campers and R.V.'s should avoid  this site.

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Steiner Museum, 1980 Reber Road, Fairview, MI 48621, Phone: (989) 848-7233, Email: demott@m33access.com.  Steiner Museum has a fine selection of pioneer and logging industry artifacts in it's collection. Annual Events include: Maple Syrup Social, Quilt Show, Antique Appraisal Fair, Heritage Days, Gun Show, and Indian Days. Open Memorial Day - October. Visiting Hours: 12:00 noon - 4:00 p.m. - Friday - Sunday

DINING 0UT:  Breweries, Dinner Trains & Cruises, Restaurants, and Wineries

Flyin R Pizza Bar [Pizzeria], 768 Mapes Rd, Luzerne, MI 48636, Phone: (989) 826-2266

Lost Creek Sky Ranch [Restaurant & Tavern]. 768 Mapes Rd, Luzerne, MI 48636, Phone: (989) 826-9901

Ma Deeter's Lodge LLC [Restaurant & Tavern], 2262 Deeter Rd, Luzerne, MI 48636, Phone: (989) 826-5558

PLACES TO STAY:  Apartments, Bed & Breakfasts, Cabins & Cottages, Condominiums, Historic Inns, Hotels & Motels, Resorts and Vacation Homes

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Bear Paw Cabins and Canoe Livery [Cabin & Cottage Rentals, Canoe & Kayak Rentals], 3744 M 72 West,  Luzerne, MI 48636, Phone: (989) 826-3313

The Country Chalets [Cabin & Cottage Rentals], 552 W Kittle Rd, Mio, Michigan 48647, Phone: (989) 826-3575, Email: countrychalets@yahoo.com

Detweiler Chalets [Cabin & Cottage Rentals], 1316 Helmer Lake Rd, Fairview, Michigan 48621, Phone: (989) 370-6937, Email: rs.detweiler@icloud.com

Hemlock Hills [Cabin & Cottage Rentals], 2657 E Miller Rd, Fairview, Michigan 48621, Phone: 810-241-2852, Email: kunnathj@comcast.net

Luzerne Cabin Rental [Cabin & Cottage Rentals], 3685 Palmer Road, Luzerne, MI  48636, Phone: (877) 752-2246

Ma Deeter's Lodge LLC [Restaurant & Tavern], 2262 Deeter Rd, Luzerne, MI 48636, Phone: (989) 826-5558

McKinely Corner Inn [Hotels & Motels], 4680 McKinley Rd, Mio, Michigan 48647, Phone:  (989) 848-7255, Email: N/A

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Mio Motel [Hotels & Motels], 415 N Morenci, Box 251, Mio, MI 48647, Phone: (989) 370-0455, Email: my3sonsn2dogs@hotmail.com

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COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS:  Business, Civic, Clubs, Fraternal, Political, Religious, Social,  Veteran, etc.

Luzerne American Legion Post #162, P. O. Box 186, Luzerne, MI 48636, Phone:

Michigan Area Retiree Activities Office (RAO) [Support services for Military Retirees], 5671 Skeel Avenue, Suite 12, Oscoda, Michigan 48750, (989) 739-2777

Michigan Tree Farm System, 501 Norway Street, Grayling, MI 49738, (989) 348-9319

INDOOR & OUTDOOR RECREATION:  Beaches, Biking, Boating, Bowling, Camping, Dog-sledding, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking, Hunting, Kayaking, ORVing, Nature & Parks, Scuba Diving & Snorkling, Skating & Hockey, Skiing, Sports Rentals, Snowmobiling, Snowshoeing.

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Bear Paw Cabins and Canoe Livery [Cabin & Cottage Rentals, Canoe & Kayak Rentals], 3744 M 72 West,  Luzerne, MI 48636, Phone: (989) 826-3313

Flyin R Horse Livery & Tack [Rding Stables], 768 Mapes Road, Luzerne, MI 48636, Phone: (989) 826-1491

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Little Sport Shop [Canoe & Kayak Rental], 3744 M 72 West, Luzerne, MI 48636, Phone: (989) 826-3313

Luzerne National Forest Trail Camp, Mio Ranger Station, 107 McKinley Drive, Mio MI 48647. Phone: (989) 826-3252. The Luzerne Trail Camp is located in Oscoda County, Michigan. The nearest community is Luzerne, about 3 miles North. The Luzerne Trail Camp is located along the Michigan Shore-to-Shore hiking and horse riding trail. Maintained primarily by the Michigan Trail Riders Association, the Luzerne Trail camp features beautiful stands of oak and maple and offers a variety of wildlife for hikers and horseback riders. In order to keep the trail camp beautiful, visitors are asked to pack out what they pack in. 10 campsites and group campsite.

Meadows National Forest Campground, Mio Ranger Station, 107 McKinley Drive, Mio, MI 48647. Phone: (989) 826-3252. This campground is located in Oscoda County, Michigan. The nearest community is Luzerne, about 6.5 miles northeast. The Meadows Campground provides access to some of the best Off Road Vehicle Trails in Michigan. The campground is surrounded by rolling hills of oaks and jack pine trees. 16 campsites.

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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.

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SERVICES:  Building, Dental, Personal, Professional, Medical, Real Estate, Rental, Repair, etc.

Antler Creek Kennel [Pet Grooming, Kennel],  1650 Ryno Rd (M-72), Luzerne, MI 48636, Phone: (989) 826-6637

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Sunsigns & Graphics [Sign Shop], 1155 Oakwood Trail, Luzerne, MI 48636, Phone: (989) 826-5433

TechArt [Computer Sales & Service], 5710 Clouse Road, Glennie, MI 48737, Phone: (989) 735-2997

SHOPPING:  Antique Shops & Flea Markets, Art & Craft Galleries, Florists, Gift Shops, Outlet Malls, Shopping Centers, Shopping Districts, and Specialty Shops

Camp 10 Party Store, 2157 W. M-72, Luzerne, MI 48636, Phone:

Mitchell’s Market, P.O. Box 43, Luzerne, MI 48636, Phone:

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