Horse Lover’s Vacations at Karefree Ranch

Leave the TV & computer behind and journey to northeast Lower Michigan for a relaxing vacation in quiet surroundings. Karefree Ranch is nestled on the northern edge of the AuSable River valley just outside the Huron National Forest. Mio, the Oscoda County seat is 15 minutes away and we are just 5 miles from the small village of Fairview, designated as the Wild Turkey Capital of Michigan, but when you arrive at the ranch you will immediately feel far away from life’s distractions as Mother Nature helps you unwind. Our horse lover’s vacations feature our cozy two bedroom cabin with 1 1/2 baths, kitchen/dining combo and a sitting area with DVD/VHS player and a selection of movies. All bed linens and towels are furnished, the kitchen is fully equipped and a selection of board games, magazines and books is supplied. Outside is a private BBQ area with fire pit, picnic table and lawn chairs. The covered porch is a perfect place to spend a lazy afternoon.Horseback riding is available from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Spend your evening enjoying a campfire while you listen to coyotes, owls and whippoorwills singing nearby. Jeff & Debra Kubiak spent their anniversary at Karefree Ranch and plan to make it an annual tradition.

Want to bring your own horse on vacation with you? We have box stalls available & miles of wooded trails for you to explore.

Of course we realize you won’t want to spend time here without exploring everything the area has to offer. The AuSable River is designated as a National Wild and Scenic River and you can enjoy it by canoe, raft, tube or kayak. The choice is up to you and liveries are nearby. The segment of the AuSable two miles south of the ranch is quality fishing water where only flies or artificial lures are permitted and there are also many nearby lakes so bring your fishing gear. On weekends you can enjoy a ride on a ¼ scale passenger train at the AuSable Valley Railroad 2 miles from the ranch & be sure to visit their depot which houses a unique gift shop. Or you may want to visit Comins (the ghost town with a lot of spirit) & climb into a full size caboose in the center of town. On your way back to the ranch, stop in to visit Our Lady of the Woods Shrine and the Steiner Museum. Another popular activity is the Jack Pine Viewing Tour which is a self guided auto tour winding through the Huron N.F. Take this tour and you will see a variety of habitats offering a diversity of wildlife viewing opportunities. Plaques along the trip explain it all.

Mio is home to a large Amish settlement and driving along Kittle Rd. north of town will take you back in time as you observe farming being done with teams of draft horses. Many of the Amish have cottage industry businesses at their homes and visitors are welcome to browse through many interesting displays of home produced goods. Oscoda County offers 3 different golf destinations, ORV trails, free musical concerts several nights each month and many other interesting things to see and do. Debuting in 2012 is the new Moto-Sports complex north of Mio with ATV and motorcycle racing most weekends. Surrounding counties also offer entertaining and educational sites to visit including the Grayling fish hatchery, Wellington Farm, Iargo Springs, Lumbermen’s Monument, Firemen’s Monument, AuSable Queen Riverboat ride, and much more.

Call 989-848-5771 and speak to Karen for more details or email us at

We hope to hear from you soon!