1110 Tawas Bay Circle Tour
Tawas Bay TCB Tawas Bay Tourist & Convention Bureau
Episode: 1110 "TAWAS BAY CIRCLE TOUR" Travel Planner
Tawas Bay on the western shore of Lake Huron has so many things to do for the outdoor enthusiast that we had to make a full tour out of it. We start at the southern point of the bay on bikes and stop in town for some music and festivities. We jump in our vehicle to head out to Monument Rd for some fascinating history and work our way up to the Tawas Bay Lighthouse and through the State Park before we end up on the shore of beautiful Lake Huron with fishing, hiking and picnicking in between.
We have collected information and web links related to the area and combined them here with photos we took and video clips from the show in what we hope will be a helpful guide as you plan your trip. For assistance or for more information, call the Tawas Bay Tourist & Convention Bureau @ 877-TO-TAWAS Have fun!
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Huron Shores Circle Tour
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Paddle Sports BIKING
Paddle Sports GATEWAY PARK
Tawas Biking Gateway Park
Location: Bike Trails starts at Alabaster Road south of Tawas City
The paved pedestrian and bike trail follows US -23 along the lakeshore from Alabaster Road, south of Tawas City, over 10 miles through Tawas and East Tawas to Tawas Point Lighthouse at Tawas Point State Park. The trail is wooded at both its start and finish, but totally open in the middle with great views everywhere.
» Tawas Area Biking [Tawas Bay TCB]
» Tawas Bike Path [Tawas Bay TCB] PDF 311kb
Park Shoreline      
Location: 815 W Lake Street, Tawas City, MI
The 13-acre Gateway Park was constructed in 1982 with the purpose of stabilizing, beautifying and preserving Tawas River mouth property for public access and multi-recreational use. It was named Gateway Park because it is virtually the first major regional exposure to the Lake Huron coastal system. Visitors can enjoy picnicking or fishing off the pier at the mouth of the river. Portable accessible restrooms and parking are available. In 2010, a 300-foot lighted and ADA-compatible fishing pier was added to the park. A new boat launch accommodates two boats up to 28 feet long.
» Getaway Park [Tawas City]

Paddle Sports TAWAS CITY
Tawas City Kayak Launch Human Powered Pedal Vehicle
History Park Park    
Location: Veteran's Park Canoe/Kayak Launch - 608 W Lake Street, Tawas City
Veterans Park, 608 W. Lake St., was established in 2009 along the Tawas River. It is adjacent to City Hall, creating additional parking, a boardwalk along the river for fishing and access to launch a canoe or kayak.
» Canoes & Kayaks [Tawas Bay TCB]
» Veteran's Park [Tawas City]
Location: Tawas City / East Tawas, MI
Pedal cars are once again available in the Tawas Bay area.

East Tawas State Dock Newman Street
Marina Fishing Swimming    
Location: End of Newman Street on Tawas Bay, East Tawas
Visitors to the Tawases will find a safe — and breathtakingly beautiful — harbor at the East Tawas State Dock. The 140-slip marina (60 seasonal and 80 transient slips) is located on Tawas Bay. The first-class marina draws boaters from across the state. Amenities include a boat launch, new toilet/shower building, dock office, playground/park, water, electricity, garbage pick-up and recycling. There's also a swimming beach just south of the dock. The East Tawas State Dock has become a gathering point for local festivals and events. It's convenient and scenic location at the foot of the Newman Street Shopping District in East Tawas, is a natural draw for visitors.
» East Tawas State Dock [Michigan DNR]
Location: Newman Street, East Tawas
Newman Street in downtown East Tawas offers an especially appealing and pedestrian friendly experience, with beautifully landscaped greenbelt areas and tree-lined sidewalks featuring brick pavers and exposed aggregate concrete; all finished off with decorative street lamps, bike racks, benches, street-level planters and hanging floral baskets. Newman Street’s inviting atmosphere extends right down to the waterfront, where East Tawas City Park and the East Tawas State Harbor Dock are a hub of the area’s recreational opportunities.
» Tawas Bay Tourist & Convention Bureau

Nordic Sports New Baltimore
Location: 218 West Bay Street - East Tawas
Phone: (906) 362-2001
Hours: Monday - Sunday 10am - 6pm
Since 1976, Nordic Sports has been outfitting Northeastern Michigan with comfortable clothing, rugged and casual footwear and quality outdoor gear for all "Up North" seasons. They are the place to come for hiking, canoeing, kayaking, fly fishing, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and camping equipment and advice.
» Nordic Sports - Adventure Outfitters
Hiking X-Country Ski       Watch Video Clip
Location: off of Monument Road
Hours: Open year round
Contact: Huron Shores Ranger Station (989) 739-0728
Corsair Trail has 28.3 miles of one-way trail that varies from gently rolling, easy terrain to somewhat hilly, most difficult terrain. The trails may be hiked anytime during the snow-free periods. The trails are marked with blue diamond-shaped confidence markers.
» Corsair Trail System [Huron National Forest]
» Corsair Trail System - Info [USDA Forest Service] PDF 915kb
» Corsair Trail System - Map [USDA Forest Service] PDF 81kb

Michigan Shore-To-Shore Trail River Road
South Branch Trail Camp - Location: Rollway Road, Huron-Manistee National Forest - South Branch, MI 48761
Phone: (989) 739-0728
Operational Hours: Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week unless otherwise posted. Forest quiet hours apply. Usually open May through Mid-November. Gated when closed.
The Shore-to-Shore Trail begins in Empire near Lake Michigan, on the west side of the state and ends at Lake Huron on the eastern side of the state. The trail passes under I-75, north of Grayling, and then continues eastward to follow the historic Au Sable River to its end in Au Sable, just south of Oscoda. The South Branch Trail Campground is adjacent to the South Branch River, near the Au Sable River Semi-Primitive Nonmotorized Area. If you are traveling west to east, the South Branch Trail Campground and the River Road Trail Campground are the last two campgrounds before reaching Lake Huron. 
» South Branch Trail Campground & Trailhead [Huron National Forest]
» Shore-To-Shore Trail / Michigan Trail Riders [Pure Michigan]
» Michigan Trail Riders Association
Driving Scenic      
Location: River Road along the AuSable River
The River Road National Forest Scenic Byway is one of a growing number of scenic byways established since 1988 for the enjoyment of touring motorists and all who love natural beauty. It is a 22-mile, two-lane, paved highway along 4.3 miles of M-65 and 17.7 miles of a country road known as River Road, roughly paralleling the south bank of the famed AuSable River.
» River Road Scenic Byway Map pdf 397kb
» River Road National Scenic Byway [Huron National Forest]
» Attractions [Tawas Bay TCB]

Iargo Springs Drift Boat Fishing
River         Watch Video Clip
Location: Iargo Springs Interpretive Site - GPS 44.44133, -83.67587
Hours: Open year round
Contact: Huron Shores Ranger Station (989) 739-0728
Lying off of River Road National Scenic Byway, Iargo Springs provides a panoramic view of the Au Sable River. Used as a drinking water source since pre-settlement times, dams were constructed on the springs by early loggers before the turn of the century. The dams were useful in diverting water to the logging camps nearby. The site was renovated in 1991. Steps were added and boardwalks along the springs, as well as the dams being rebuilt.
» Iargo Springs [Huron National Forest]
» Iargo Springs - Info [USDA Forest Service] PDF 54kb
Hiking Fishing      
Location: AuSable River
Fishing the beautiful waters of Lake Huron during the summer season - June through September. Fishing the Mighty Ausable River in the spring, mid March to May and the fall - October to December. The Calypso II is a spacious very well equipped 27 foot twin engine Sea Ray Amberjack; selected for it's superior stability, to enhance your overall fishing experience. The electronics on board are state of the art and the lure selection is incredible.
» Tawas Area Fishing [Tawas Bay TCB]
» AuSable River Fishing [Huron National Forest]
» Calypso Sportfishing Charters

New Baltimore Highbanks Trail
History Historic Monument     Watch Video Clip
Location: Lumberman's Monument - GPS 44.43592, -83.62381
Hours: Grounds open year-round. Visitor Center open May to October daily, including weekends, from 10am to 5pm.
Contact: Huron Shores Ranger Station (989) 739-0728
Lumberman’s Monument Visitor Center interprets the area’s colorful lumbering past. The 14-foot Lumberman’s Monument stands on a high bank with the Au Sable River providing a scenic backdrop. Learn about the industry that helped develop northern Michigan and the men who cut the timber that helped build a nation. Climb through a log jam, use a peavey, cut a wooden cookie with a cross-cut saw, and learn about the life of a lumberjack through video and displays.
» Lumberman's Monument Visitor Center [Huron National Forest]
» Lumberman's Monument Visitor Center - Info [USDA Forest Service] PDF 61kb
» Lumberman's Monument - Map PDF 57kb
» Lumberman's Monument - Auto Tour [Michigan DNR] PDF 70kb
River       Watch Video Clip
Location: 7 Mile trail located along the AuSable River. Directions from Grayling: Travel East on M-72 for 10 miles. Turn left and travel North into parking lot. Latitude 44.627315, Longitude -84.512476
Hours: Open year round.
The Highbanks Trail System is a scenic back-country linear trail system with views of the AuSable River Valley. From the high bluffs of the south shore of the AuSable River, many species of plants, animals and songbirds may be viewed in their natural setting. The trail system offers excellent opportunities to experience and enjoy nature.
» Highbanks River Trail [Huron National Forest]
» Highbanks Hiking & Ski Trail System - Map [USDA Forest Service] PDF 81kb
» Highbanks Trail - Info [ USDA Forest Service] PDF 1.12mb

Canoeing the AuSable River New Baltimore
Canoes & Kayaks River       Watch Video Clip
Location: AuSable River
Paddlers enjoy the calm, but swift paddling of the river and the lake-like atmosphere below the impoundments. Canoeing the AuSable River is a family tradition that you and your kids will always remember. Older teenagers, college students and adults enjoy heading down the AuSable in any combination of inner tubes, canoes and kayaks.
» Canoeing & Kayaking [Tawas Bay TCB]
» AuSable River Canoeing [Huron National Forest]
» AuSable River Canoe Map [Huron National Forest] pdf 2.5mb
» Alcona Canoe Rental
» AuSable River Canoe Marathon
River River Eagles     Watch Video Clip
Foote Dam Pond Overlook: 44.45131, -83.51624 (also called Eagle's Nest Overlook)
Hours: Open year round
Contact: Huron Shores Ranger Station (989) 739-0728
The Eagle's Nest Overlook is one of the most famous overlooks on the Huron National Forest. The Nest is just west of the visitor center and has been used by a pair of bald eagles since about 1985. Rare is the fall day that you do not see eagles soaring over Cooke Pond. The view into the nest is better if you remember to bring binoculars of at least six power. Accessible parking is available. The path to the observation area is paved and over 36' wide. The observation deck is paved.
» Foote Pond Overlook [Huron Nation Forest]

AuSable River Queen Eagle Run Pathway
River         Watch Video Clip
Location: 1775 West River Road - Oscoda, Michigan 48750
Phone: To assure your trip, it is best to make reservations first. (989) 739-7351 - 10am - 5pm
Schedule: End of May - September, Trips leave at Noon. Trips at 3:30pm for some dates.
The glorious AuSable River Queen is a double-decker, authentic paddle wheel patriotically painted in Red, White and Blue! The River Queen has enjoyed 47 years of safe passage. Young and old alike are excited to ride the Queen and take in the beautiful scenery and wildlife. Bald Eagles that perch on the large trees along the rivers bank are a big hit! It is a beautiful trip in the Summer and even more brilliant with the turning of the leaves in the Fall. They are located on River Road between The Dam Store and Old Orchard Park, which is West of Oscoda. You can take regularly scheduled trips or charter it for your own trip for a wedding, family reunion, or just a great group of friends.
» AuSable River Queen
        Watch Video Clip
Location: 6.8 Miles of Trails on River Road 2.5 miles west of Oscoda. Latitude 44.425669, Longitude -83.366232
Hours: Open year round
Contact: Huron Shores Ranger Station (989) 739-0728
This trail runs along the south shore of the Lower AuSable River.  Eagle Run provides a loop trail system for hiking and cross-country skiing.  Scenic views of the AuSable River and a quiet, remote setting allow visitors to experience nature first hand.  The trails are maintained with the support of volunteers.
» Eagle Run Pathway [Huron National Forest]
» Eagle Run Pathway - Info [USDA Forest Service] PDF 962kb
» Eagle Run Pathway - Map PDF 347kb

Tuttle Marsh Wildlife Area Kayaking at Tawas Lake
Marsh Wildlife       Watch Video Clip
directions: Tuttle Marsh Wildlife Area is located approximately 7 miles north of Tawas, and 6 miles southwest of Oscoda. From Tawas, travel north on Wilber Road to Sherman Rd. Turn right on May Rd, right on Brooks Rd, left on Swan Rd, left on Davison and follow to Tuttle Marsh Road.
A 400-acre impoundment is at the heart of this site, which is surrounded by hundreds more acres of seasonally flooded wetlands. Tuttle Marsh has no facilities or developments, but visitors are encouraged to use the wetland dike as a hiking trail.
» Huron National Forest - Tuttle Marsh Area Info PDF 1.29 MB
» Michigan DNR - Tuttle Marsh Wildlife Area
Kayaking Fishing       Watch Video Clip
Location: Tawas Lake Boat Access - Rainbow Drive (44.292513, -83.502785)
About 3 miles down Newman Street heading out of East Tawas is the DNR launch ramp for Tawas Lake. It is located on the south shore of the lake off of Rainbow Drive. Tawas Lake is one of the area's hot spots for pan fish and pike fishing and with a mix of ducks, geese and swans, with an occasional bald eagle sighting thrown in, Tawas Lake is very popular with local bird and wildlife enthusiasts as well.
» Tawas Lake Boating Access Site [Michigan DNR]
» Tawas Lake Map [Michigan DNR] PDF 276kb

Tawas Point Lighthouse Tawas Bay
Camping Lighthouse Windsurfing     Watch Video Clip
Location: 686 Tawas Beach Road - East Tawas, MI 48730
Size: 183 Acres
Phone: (989) 362-5041
Tawas Point has been referred to as the "Cape Cod of the Midwest." The campground is located on Tawas Bay where the water is shallow and warm for swimming. In the park is the Tawas Point Lighthouse which serves as the sole representative of a true Victorian-era style station on the Great Lakes. The park’s expansive day-use beach offers acres of glistening white sugar sand, sprinkled with patches of dune grass and backed by low dunes on the Lake Huron side. Tawas Point also happens to be one of the best locations in the country -- maybe in the world -- to experience the growing extreme sport of kite-boarding.
» Map - Tawas Point State Park 162 KB
» Tawas Point State Park - Michigan DNR
» Tawas Point Lighthouse
» Great Lakes Kiteboarding
Lake Power Boats Beaches     Watch Video Clip
Location: Tawas Bay
The Tawas Bay area is a people-friendly area that still has that wonderful “Up-North/Small Town” appeal. So why go to an up north town that make you feel that you never left the city when the “UP NORTH” experience that you are looking for is so close to home.
» Tawas Bay Tourist & Convention Bureau

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