Mio the county seat is located approximately in the center of Oscoda County. Located on the Au Sable River, near the Mio Dam, the community attracts many trout fishermen and canoers. The Blue Ribbon Trout Streams surround Mio are of special interest to trout fisherment Bird-watcher from all over the world come to Mio to view the endangered Kirtland’s Warbler that nests in the area. Tours of the Kirtland’s Warbler habitat area are available through the U.S. Forest Service office in Mio. Oscoda County Park and several National Forest Campgrounds near Mio provide accomodations for campers. The Mio area also has numerous rental cabins, motels, resorts and fine restaurants to accommodate visitors.  The National Forest ORV trails located south of town attract many off-road vehicle operators.  Mio also provides snowmobilers using the state snowmobile trail system with access to lodging, dining and fuel.  The downtown area has several sporting good stores, bait & tackle shops and other specialy shops. 

Other attractions include the Oscoda County Court House and Our Lady of the Woods Shire, both located downtown. The courthouse is one of the oldest wooden structures of its kind remaining in the state. Our Lady of the Woods Shire houses replicas of Madonna shrines from around the world. Mio is an unincorporated community governed by Big Creek and Mentor Townships in Oscoda County. Big Creek Township Hall: Deeter Rd., P. O. Box 197, Luzerne, MI 48636, (989) 826-5992. Mentor Township Hall: 216 E. 10th St., Mio, MI 48647, (989) 826-541

The village was founded by Coolige Comins, John Randall, Henry Deyarmond and Reirlo Fosdick in 1881. John Randall became its first postmaster on May 3, 1882, with the office named Mioe, for Henry Deyarmond's wife, but it was renamed Mio on November 21, 1883.

Informational excerpts from Michigan Place Names, by Walter Romig, L.H.D.


Au Sable Big Water Lodge, 2851 East Drive, Mio, MI 48647, Phone: (248) 891-1224

AuSable River Restaurant, 412 N. Morenci Ave, Mio, MI 48647, Phone: (989) 826-3590

AuSable Valley Inn, 470 S. Mt. Tom Rd, Mio, Michigan 48647, Phone:  (989) 826-1737

AuSable Valley View Farm [Cabin & Cottage Rentals], 395 Davis Road, Mio, MI  48647, Phone: (517) 546-0503

Black Bear Realty, 463 S. Mt. Tom Rd., Mio, Michigan 48647, Phone: (989) 826-8311

Bob Linsenman's Au Sable Angler [Fly Shop & Guide Service], 56A Richard Dr., Mio, Michigan 48647, Phone: (989) 826-8500

Camp Ridgeway [Cabin & Cottage Rentals], 900 Lehmen Trail, Mio, MI 48647, Phone (315) 482-6250, Email:

Cherry Creek Farm [Trophy Whitetail Deer Hunting, Pheasant Hunting, Trout Fishing & Cabin  Rentals], 524 Miller Road, Mio, MI 48647, Phone: Lodge (989) 848-5411,  Cell  (248) 640-1515, Email:

Copper Fox Lodge [Cabin & Cottage Rentals, on the AuSable River], Mio, MI 48647, Phone:  (989) 619-8000 , Email:

The Country Chalets, 552 W Kittle Rd, Mio, Michigan 48647, Phone: (989) 826-3575

Enchanted Forest Web Page Design Service, 3980 Curtisville Rd., South Branch, MI 48761, Phone: (989) 785-0600

Fairview Hills Golf Course, 1481 Caldwell Road, Mio, MI 48647, Phone: (989) 848-5810

Gotts’ Landing Canoe Livery, 710 N. Morenci Rd., Mio, MI 48647, Phone: (989) 826-3411

Hinchman Acres Resort & Canoe Rental, 702 N. M-33, PO Box 220, Mio, MI 48647, Phone (989) 826-3267 

McKinley Corner Inn, 4680 McKinley Road, Mio, Michigan 48647, Phone: (989) 848-7355

Mio Motel, 415 N Morenci Ave, Mio, Michigan 48647, Phone: (989) 826-3248

Mio Pizza Shop, 421 S. Morenci Ave., Mio, MI 48647, Phone: (989) 826-5746

Northwoods Gardens [Restaurant & Tavern], 10 S Mt Tom Rd, Mio, MI 48647, Phone: (989) 826-6292

Oscoda County Park [Campground], 1110 Jay Smith Dr., Mio, Michigan 48647, Phone: (989) 826-5114

Our Lady of the Woods Shrine, 100 Deyarmond Street, PO Box 189, Mio, MI 48647, Phone: (989) 826-5509, Email:

Paddle Inn [Restaurant], 253 S. Mount Tom Rd., Mio, MI 48647, Phone: (989) 826-6373

Rainbow Resort [Canoe & Kayak Rental and Cabin Rentals], 731 Camp Ten Road, Mio, MI 48647, Phone: (989) 826-3423

State Wide Real Estate., 102 W. 8th St., Mio, Michigan 48647, Phone: (989) 826-3292

Trophy Waters Fly Shop [Fly Sho & Guide Service], 701 N. Morenci Rd., City, State & Zip: Mio, MI 48647, Phone: (989) 826-3411

Walkers Bar & Restaurant, 221 N. Morenci Ave., Mio, MI 48647, Phone: (989) 826-3700

Wilderness Chronicle [Periodical], PO Box 400, Mio,  MI 48621, Phone: (989) 848-7233



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