New to the Tawas
Here's a few ideas for where to visit!
River Queen on River Road (30 minutes from town) - 2 hours on a
genuine paddle boat (one of only a few in the entire mid-west!)!
Cruise features sights along the Highbanks Trail of the AuSable (you
can hike, too!). Also a limited food and bar service (adult &
kids), and live music weekends onboard. Child-friendly.
Ad:$15 | Kd:$7 | 62+$10 | (-4 Free) Reserve: 989-739-7351.
Monument at the intersection of Monument Rd. and River Rd. (20 min.
from town) - A monument to our lumbering industry of years gone by,
overlooking the AuSable River Highbanks. Enjoy programs offered
by the park staff on ecology, history and music of a bygone era, also
Check with park staff for times. Visit the Wanagan (yep, you'll
have to find out what a Wanagan is for yourself!) down a long flight
of stairs at the river's edge! A family-friendly campground is
at Old Orchard Campground just up the road toward Oscoda about 4
miles. Or visit the cooling waters of Iargo Springs on a hot
day, on River Road near M65.
The only water feature of its kind in the state and
was home to big Pow Wows by the natives. White men traded
goods on this historic spot reknown for being the "peacekeepers
hallowed ground". Also local watering hole for indian and white
man alike. There's over 200 steps down to the springs so bring
your water bottle!
in the cool waters of Lake Huron or fly a kite at any of our Tawas
Beach Parks (we have 4 of them!) - The water is clean and
safe with no known creepy things in the water, so it's safe for kids,
too! (The minnows might nibble your toes and legs, though!)
The lake is very shallow, so if you can't swim, you can wade quite a
way out from shore. Bring your picnic basket or sub sandwich
with your favorite beverage (plastic drink containers only on our
beaches please!), or partake of some of our beachfront eateries!
Visit the historic
Tawas Point Lighthouse at Tawas
Point State Park, we're sorry that state law requires a higher fee for
out-of-state visitors, but maybe if you move here, you can get your
recreation passport for free state-resident admission to any of our
state parks for only $11 on
license plate and registration! Lighthouse tours are usually
given on weekends and you can get a tour of the Coast Guard station at
the point most any time, just ask one of the "Coasties" on duty at the
station located next to beautiful Tawas Point State Park, one of the
nicest state park campgrounds in the state with beautiful vistas of
Tawas Bay and Lake Huron to be seen from just about any camping spot
on the point! Tawas Pt. State Park also has one of our largest
public beaches and is a prime birdwatchers paradise! Be aware
that some of the beach out toward the end of the point might be closed
to foot traffic because of the rare, migratory Piping Plovers.
You can see them readily on most any part of Tawas Point Beach.
This is a unique habitat that the birds only frequent during their
nesting phase in the summertime. Be sure not to miss it!
Tawas Area page
to learn more!