Traveling to the Oscoda area is an annual event for my family and every time we go, if we do nothing else, we have to go on the Au Sable River Queen. The scenery is beautiful and Captain Roger and his crew provide an entertaining and informative tour of the river. The music is good, the jokes are groaners but funny and the Bloody Mary is the best on the River! My favorite spot is to sit upstairs (you will have to climb stairs to get there) in the front, close to the music.
The tour does require a minimum number of people to head out, which is understandable. This is a two hour tour on a very large boat with a full crew. I know there have been times where they have had to cancel the trip due to the minimum requirement, which would be very disappointing, but it has never happened to me in the last 8 years. I think it is really the exception that a trip is cancelled and not a decision the captain enjoys making.
Reservations are recommended for the fall color tours, as the boat does fill up. During the summer months they are busy, but most of the time (they were fully booked twice, but I was able to get on the next tour a couple hours later) I have been able to get on board without a reservation, so if you didn't make a reservation you should give it a shot. There is a nice park with a swimming beach and fishing right near the boat, so it isn't bad if you get there early or have to wait a few hours for the next trip out (there is also a restaurant nearby).
This is a definate recommend in my book.
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