OSCODA, Mich. (Great Lakes News) – At the base of a bluff, near the Au Sable River, pure water flows out of the ground, at a place known as, Iargo Springs.
Large pools have formed, and one is more than 50 feet across.
The waters are so crystal clear that it is difficult to judge the actual depth.
The pathway is well maintained, and there are boardwalks that make it easy to wander through the quiet forest. Small wooden bridges cross the streams formed by the springs.
Native people considered this a sacred place, and it is easy to understand why. The solitude is magical. Along with the pure water, and the views across the wetlands, the only sounds you are likely to hear are the wind and the cries of eagles.
Getting there is fun as well, since it entails a beautiful drive along the River Road Scenic Byway. This scenic byway, one of two in Michigan, winds along the course of the Au Sable River from Oscoda on Lake Huron, west to Route 65.
Keep a sharp eye out as you go. The scenery is beautiful, but the sign to Iargo Springs is small. You may be puzzled when you first arrive. All you see is a parking lot, and a sign stating that you are at the Iargo Springs interpretive site.
There’s a kiosk with some photos, but no springs in sight.
Near the kiosk is a scenic overlook which offers a stunning view of the Au Sable River. At that point, you will find the boardwalk and stairs, leading to the sacred springs. Be warned – there are about 300 stairs to descend to get to the springs, and that means a long climb back up.
The tranquility and beauty of the springs make it worth it. The climb is made more enjoyable by benches where you can pause and rest. Once you get to the bottom, the pathway and boardwalk lead to the springs.
This can turn into a full day trip since there are several other attractions nearby. Just south of Iargo Springs is the Lumberman’s Monument which includes an excellent museum and educational programs.
In addition, there are scenic turnouts all along the River Road.
Visit Michigan Back Roads for more information.