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Oscoda, Michigan is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) on the western shores of Lake Huron, north of the mouth of the Au Sable River.

While unincorporated communities in Michigan do not have defined boundaries, they are established for CDPs for the purpose of the census, albeit without official status. The Au Sable River and the Pine River form the CDP's southern and western boundaries, while F-41 forms its northern border, and US-23 and Lake Huron form its eastern borders. A branch of the Au Sable River extends east to the center of the CDP.

Oscoda is in Oscoda Township in northeast Iosco County, not in Oscoda County, which is to the northwest. The Huron National Forest is just west of the community.

Cities and villages within twenty-five miles of Oscoda include East Tawas, Tawas City, Harrisville, and Lincoln, while the unincorporated community and CDP of Au Sable is across the river, to the south and southwest. Other unincorporated communities within fifteen miles of Oscoda are Alvin, Greenbush, and Mikado.

Like many North Michigan communities, Oscoda was founded by people interested in its timber. The Smith, Kelley & Dwight firm acquired the land in 1867, and platted the townsite. Edward Smith is acknowledged as the founder of the community.

The first post office serving the community was established as AuSable on September 23, 1856, with George P. Warner as postmaster. On July 1, 1875, the post office was moved further north and renamed Oscoda, with Mr. Warner continuing as postmaster.

Oscoda was incorporated as a village in 1885, but the village was nearly destroyed in a 1911 fire, leading to the village vacating its village charter in 1919, and reverting back to the township government. In 2010, the CDP had a population of 903, and the community is growing as an attractive residential area with much to offer vacationers and other visitors.

The focus of this part of our guide is on the community of Oscoda, Michigan. Appropriate topics include websites representing any governmental entities within the CDP, as well as local businesses, industries, schools, places of worship, organizations, attractions, and events.


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