Tawas Bay ~ Lake Huron
Discover Tawas Bay, from the turquoise blue waters of Lake Huron to the lovely Au Sable River, you’ll see picturesque scenery everywhere you look.
Situated in Northeast Michigan, and referred to as the “Cape Cod of the Midwest”! If you are looking for a new place to enjoy beauty, hospitality and PURE Michigan fun, look no further than the beautiful Tawas Bay area. Start your day with a spectacular sunrise and finish with an evening bonfire or a little stargazing in the dark northern Michigan sky.
This bustling summer community is home to enjoy popular festivals, beautiful sandy beaches, a protected bay for sailing or kayaking, cozy cottages and hotels or motels to make your stay comfortable. Enjoy shopping beautiful and unique shops and the savory delights of great restaurants intent on serving up a healthy portion of relaxation and fun.
Tawas Bay provides the best natural harbor in Lake Huron. Boaters and visitors will find a safe–and breathtakingly beautiful–harbor at the East Tawas State Dock. More than just a marina, it has become a gathering point for local festivals and events. It is within easy walking distance to the historical museum, weekly concerts in the park and downtown-street dances. Brick-paved sidewalks on Newman Street lined with trees and benches make taking a stroll for ice cream an enjoyable experience.
If you are a paddler, bring your canoe or kayak to experience the Lake Huron Blue Waterway or the famous Au sable River. Looking to try something new, rental facilities are available for pontoons, wave runners, canoes and kayaks!
Bicyclists and walkers both appreciate the paved Tawas Bike Path. Shadowing U.S. 23 along the sparkling waters of Lake Huron, the path provides a front row view of the area’s loveliest landscape for ten miles through town, all the way out to the historic Tawas Point Lighthouse located in the Tawas Point State Park.
Tawas Point is a premier kite boarding destination with world-class conditions. Consistent winds, clear, warm water and abundant sandy beaches make it a kite-boarding nirvana. Tawas Bay has been considered one of the finest sailing areas in the country. Tawas Point and surrounding areas are known worldwide for birding with more than 300 species during peak migration times–from waterfowl to songbirds, you’ll see it all! The Tawas Point Migration celebration offers nonstop birding activities and interesting information sure to entertain everyone.
On the 22-mile long River Road National Scenic Byway, you’ll be amazed at its beauty and all the roadside (and riverside) parks. The Huron – Manistee National Forest creates habitat that’s home to gorgeous flora, fauna, fish, and fun. Whether you’re a photography buff, hiker, birder, fisherman, paddler, or just looking for an awesome place to have a picnic, almost a million acres of public land the forest provides abundant recreational opportunities.
Whether you enjoy cross-country skiing on our immaculate 44-mile groomed trailed system at Corsair Ski Trail or fishing on Tawas Bay or an inland lake, there is plenty of winter fun. The area also offers 94 miles of groomed trails for ATVs or snowmobiles.
While the endless water activities and outdoor splendor are reason enough to check out the area, consider visiting around one of the many family events and festivals. The calendar includes the Tawas Point Bird Migration, Summer Fest, Tawas Bay Waterfront Fine Arts, Uncork’d & Untap’d Wine Festival, Blues By the Bay and Perchville USA complete with a Polar Bear swim just to name a few.
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