TAWAS, Mich. (Michigan Back Roads) – Get to trading stories about beaches around Michigan and the conversation is probably going to dwell on the beaches and dunes along Lake Michigan. Another of the secrets about the Sunrise Side is that there are beautiful unspoiled beaches at Tawas Bay on Lake Huron. Six different beaches provide miles of golden sand. In addition, there are biking and hiking trails, and extensive woodlands that make Tawas Bay a great getaway.
The bay is defined by a curved point of land. On the southern end is Tawas City Shoreline Park and on the other end of the curve is Tawas Point State Park and the Tawas Point Lighthouse. Those two points are connected by good roads, biking and walking trails and those beautiful beaches. Tawas Bay is perfect for sailing, paddling, fishing, power boating, and wave runners. The bay is also a favorite destination for kiteboarding. All the Lake Huron beaches slope gently down to the bay, creating a great place for outings to play in the sand and water.
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Newman St. is the main artery in downtown East Tawas is a well-known destination for shoppers on a day trip or those taking a break from the campground. The shops range from hand-made chocolates to Mooney’s Ben Franklin; a great old-fashion shopping destination.
While in the Tawas Bay area there are several local attractions that make for a great Michigan back roads day trip. Tawas Point is visible just across the bay. The lighthouse is a favorite spot to visit. The lighthouse has been in operation since 1876 and tours are available in season. The point is also a hot destination for bird watchers. It is one of two places in Michigan that is part of the Sand Hill Crane migration every fall.
The town of East Tawas sits on the shore of Lake Huron to the east. To the west and north lies the Huron National Forest. One could spend several days without visiting all the forest has to offer. To the north is the Au Sable River with the River Road following its course for about 20 miles. The River Road is a National Scenic Byway; one of two in Michigan. Along that drive are scenic views, the Lumberman’s Monument and Iargo Springs. Near the western end of the road are the Au Sable Highbanks with views from a couple hundred feet above the river and a hiking trail. Speaking of trails, the Corsair Trail system offers miles of fun for every season of the year.
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