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East Tawas, Michigan

Photo-Tawas Point Light-003-640x480A western New York firm, Smith, Van Valkenburg & Company, was interested in Michigan pine. Henry Perkins Smith, a senior member of the firm, sent his son George P. here in 1862, and he became the father of the town. Given a station on the Detroit & Mackinaw Railroad. Incorporated as a village in 1887 and as a city in 1895. It absorbed Tawas Beach in 1922. Named from its being east of older Tawas City. East Tawas is located on Iosco County’s Lake Huron coastline. It’s main street is a popular SHOPPING:  Antique Shops & Flea Markets, Art & Craft Galleries, Florists, Gift Shops, Outlet Malls, Shopping Centers, Shopping Districts, and Specialty Shops district and has several unique restaurants and shops. East Tawas is a major resort area, with numerous motels and resorts located along the Lake Huron coastline. The city Tawas Point State Park and city campground are both popular with tent and RV campers. The Tawas Point Lighthouse, built in 1876, is equipped with a Frensnel lens built in Paris in 1880. It replaced the original lighthouse located near the present ball field. The lighthouse stands 70 feet above Lake Huron and the walls at the base are 6 feet thick. The lighthouse located in Tawas Point State Park and is popular with photographers and artists. Tawas Point is a stop over point for hundreds of species of migratory birds, and it is a favorite spot for bird watchers. The city has a beautiful public beach and playground and pier with docking facilities. East Tawas has several fine Golf Courses. Population: 2,887. City Hall: 120 W. Westover, East Tawas, MI 48730, (989) 362-6161. Photo courtesy of Enchanted Forest Web Page Design Service.



 

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ATTRACTIONS:  Amusement Parks, Casinos, Farms & Mills, Historic Sites, Lighthouses, Museums, Planetariums, Tours, Waterfalls, Wineries, and Zoos

Au Sable River [Wildlife Viewing Area] - U.S. Forest Service, Huron National Forest, Mio Ranger District, (989) 826-3252, Huron Shores Ranger District, Oscoda, (989) 739-0728; Consumers Energy.  Closest Towns: Grayling, Mio, McKinley, Curtisville, Glennie, Oscoda.  There are many access points along the Au Sable River. A good place to begin is the River Road National Scenic Byway. From Oscoda, drive west along River Road as it follows the river to M-65 and the Loud Dam Pond. Many of the Forest Service River Access Areas require a Huron-Manistee vehicle pass to park at the sites. Contact the U.S. Forest Service to inquire about a vehicle pass and for excellent maps of the river.  This stretch of the Au Sable River from Grayling to Lake Huron offers breathtaking scenery as well as excellent wildlife viewing opportunities. Panoramic vistas from high bluff overlooks, long wooden boardwalks over spring-fed streams, and miles of quiet, undeveloped shoreline all can be found along this scenic river that flows from Grayling to Oscoda. Consumers Energy owns and operates six hydroelectric dams along the Au Sable between Lake Huron and the town of Mio. Most of the river frontage is Huron National Forest land managed by the U.S. Forest Service or Consumers Energy lands. These lands provide a combination of developed and undeveloped outdoor recreation opportunities. Contact the Forest Service for hiking, canoeing, camping, skiing, and snowmobiling opportunities along the river corridor.  Good chance of seeing bald eagles along the river in any season. Eagles hunt for fish and waterfowl in the shallow areas of the river and in the reservoirs formed by the six hydro dams. A successful effort to re-establish native trumpeter swan populations has resulted in excellent opportunities to view the majestic birds on the hydro reservoirs. Deer and wild turkeys are common along the river corridor and in the adjacent woodlands. Watch for them along roadsides at dawn and dusk. While canoeing the river, you may see river otters, mink, beaver, trumpeter swans, mallards and mergansers, and many songbirds. The song of the secretive winter wren, the northern water thrush and the black and white warbler are common along many of the thicker riverbank habitats. The melodious and distinctive songs of these and the many other resident songbirds add to the beauty of a float down this very wild and scenic river."   The 23 mile stretch of the river from Mio downstream to the 401 Bridge is a designated National Scenic River. In the river, you may see trout, walleye, pike and bass. Fishing here is excellent. The Au Sable makes an easy, beautiful float, and there are plenty of canoe liveries available in the area if you do not have your own boat.

Dewey Durant Park [Picnic Area, Sports Fields, Ice Rink], 714 W. Franklin Street, East Tawas, MI 48730, Phone: (877) 868-2927

Iosco County Historical Museum, 405 West Bay Street, East Tawas, MI 48730, Phone: (989) 362-8911. We are an area historical museum.If you have ancestors who grew up here we have a library of historical facts and naming early pioneering families. Must have been in area twenty years at least. Funeral records of former funeral home.History of the Detroit and Mackinac Railroad started in East Tawas by J.D.Hawkes who built the house our museum is located in.Also tells of lumbering boom days for entire county. Also artifacts from both.

Lumberman's Monument Visitor Center, Junction of River and Monument Roads, Huron-Manistee National Forests, Oscoda Township, MI 48750

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Tawas Point Lighthouse, 686 Tawas Beach Road, East Tawas, MI 48730, Phone: (989) 362-5041. Tawas point Lighthouse, in operation since 1876, and now part of Tawas Point State Park, is a fascinating attraction for maritime buffs. Tawas Point is also a mecca for birdwatchers, especially in the migration seasons of spring and fall. Tawas Point also offers spectacular views of sunrises over Lake Huron and sunsets over Tawas Bay. Guided tours are available. Also, a gift shop.

Tawas Point State Park [Wildlife Viewing Area] - Michigan Department of Natural Resources (989) 362-5041.  Closest Town: East Tawas.  From East Tawas take US-23 north one mile to Tawas Beach Road. Turn right (east) and proceed about 2.5 miles to the park entrance on the right side of the road. True to its name, this site sits on a point that sticks out into Lake Huron. Narrow, sandy beaches line both sides of the point and an interpretive trail runs from the campground to the tip of the point.  Because it sticks out from the surrounding shoreline, Tawas Point is attractive to waterfowl and shorebirds. See large concentrations of these birds from early March through May. Watch the Lake Huron side of the point for shorebirds and the Tawas Bay side for waterfowl. During May, you may also see other kinds of birds migrating north including broad-winged hawks, turkey vultures, warblers, and blue jays. But birds are not the only kinds of animals that migrate. In mid-August, monarch butterflies often congregate on the Point to rest as they make their annual journey south to Mexico for the winter.

Tuttle Marsh Wildlife Area [Wildlife Viewing Area] - U.S. Forest Service  Phone: (989) 739-0728.  Closest Towns: Tawas City, East Tawas, Oscoda.  From Tawas City, take Monument Road north about one mile to Wilber Road. Turn right and proceed 3 miles to the stop sign at Galion Road. Turn right and drive 1/2 mile to Sherman Road. Turn left and continue 1.5 miles to May Road. Turn right and drive 1/2 mile to Brooks Road. Turn right and follow the winding gravel road for 1/5 mile to Tuttle Marsh Road on the left. Tuttle Marsh Road is about 4 miles long.   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.  Thousands of waterfowl use this flooding as a feeding and resting location during their spring and fall migrations. Spring is the best time to view waterfowl here because water levels are high and ducks are in their colorful breeding plumage. Teal, goldeneyes, mallards, and Canada geese are the most commonly seen species. During summer, much of the wetland may dry up, but the impoundment still attracts herons, American bitterns, and the many shorebirds that come to feed in the exposed mud flats. During winter, large herds of deer may congregate here.

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DINING 0UT:  Breweries, Dinner Trains & Cruises, Restaurants, and Wineries

Marion's Dairy Bar [Ice Cream Parlor],111 E Bay St, East Tawas, MI 48730, Phone: (989) 362-2991

The Perfect Pickle [Restaurant], 214 Newman Street, East Tawas, MI 48730, Phone: (989) 362-8482

Pier 23 Food and Spirit, 821 West Bay Street, East Tawas, MI 48730, Phone: (989) 362-8856

Red Hawk Golf Club [Golf Course & Restaurant], 350 West Davison, East Tawas, MI 48730, Phone: (989) 362-0800

Tawas Bay Beach Resort, 300 East Bay Street, East Tawas, MI 48730, Phone: (989) 362-8601

PLACES TO STAY:  Apartments, Bed & Breakfasts, Cabins & Cottages, Condominiums, Historic Inns, Hotels & Motels, Resorts and Vacation Homes

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Aaron's Wooded Acres Resort, 968 N. US 23, East Tawas, MI 48730, Phone: (989) 362-5188

Bambi Motel, 1100 E. Bay St (US 23), East Tawas, MI 48730, Phone: (989) 362-4582

Cabana Cove Resort, 912 East Bay Street, East Tawas, MI 48730, Phone: (989) 362-2750

Caveman's Resort, 2800 North US-23, East Tawas, MI 48730, Phone: (989) 362-5343

Danny's Lakeview Resort, 2778 North US 23, East Tawas, MI 48730, Phone: (989) 362-2622

East Tawas Junction B&B [Bed & Breakfasts], 514 W. Bay Street (U.S. 23), East Tawas, MI 48730, Phone: 989-362-8006

Great Lakes Huron Cottage, 1027 Ottawas Lane, East Tawas, MI 48730, Phone: (248) 393-5570

Great Lakes Huron House, 1054 Ottawas Lane, East Tawas, MI 48730, Phone: (248) 393-5570

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Northland Beach Cottages, 808 East Bay Street, East Tawas, MI 48730, Phone: (989) 362-2601

Riptide Motel & Cabin, 1110 East Bay Street/US 23, East Tawas, MI 48730, Phone: (989) 362-6562

Shores of Lake Huron, 827 W. Bay Street, East Tawas, MI 48730, Phone: (989) 362-3300

Sunrise Cabins, 2654 North US 23, East Tawas, MI 48730, Phone: (989) 362-2463

Tawas Bay Beach Resort, 300 East Bay Street, East Tawas, MI 48730, Phone: (989) 362-8601

Tawas Inn Resort, 1000 East Bay, East Tawas, MI 48730, Phone: (989) 362-2581

Timberlane Resort, Timberlane Resort, Located on Tawas Beach Rd on Tawas Point, East Tawas, Michigan 48730, Phone: (248) 647-9634 or (248) 797-0208

Woodland Beach Cottages, 2790 North US 23, East Tawas, MI 48730, Phone: (989) 362-6996

COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS:  Business, Civic, Clubs, Fraternal, Political, Religious, Social,  Veteran, etc.

American Legion, 900 E Lincoln St. East Tawas, MI 48730, Phone (989) 362-4022

Iosco Sportsmen's Club [Sportsman’s Club, Firing Range], 1600 N US 23, East Tawas, MI 48730, Phone: (989) 362-6275, Email: mail@ioscosportsmen.com

Michigan Area Retiree Activities Office (RAO) [Support services for Military Retirees], 5671 Skeel Avenue, Suite 12, Oscoda, Michigan 48750, (989) 739-2777

Michigan Tree Farm System, 501 Norway Street, Grayling, MI 49738, (989) 348-9319

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Tawas Area Chamber of Commerce, 402 E. Lake St. PO Box 608, Tawas City, MI 48764, Phone: (800)  558-2927

Tawas Bay Art Council & Gallery [Art & Craft Galleries], 302 Newman St., East Tawas, MI 48730, Phone: (989) 362-5613

Tawas Bay Center for the Arts, 528 Baldwin Resort Rd., East Tawas, MI 48730, Phone: (989) 747-8871

INDOOR & OUTDOOR RECREATION:  Beaches, Biking, Boating, Bowling, Camping, Dog-sledding, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking, Hunting, Kayaking, ORVing, Nature & Parks, Scuba Diving & Snorkling, Skating & Hockey, Skiing, Sports Rentals, Snowmobiling, Snowshoeing.

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Custom Gun Stocks Gun Shop [Guns & Gunsmiths], 2231 N US Highway 23, East Tawas, MI 48730, Phone: (989) 362-8291

East Tawas City Park [Campgrounds & RV Parks] 407 W. Bay Street, East Tawas, MI 48730, Phone: (989) 362-5562

East Tawas State Dock, 44 16' 35" N 83 29' 05" W, East Tawas, MI 48730, Phone: (989) 362-2731

Jerry’s Marina & Tawas Point Harbor, Inc. [Boat Repair & Marina], Tawas Point Harbor, 542 Tawas Beach Road, PO Box 431, East Tawas, MI 48764, Phone: (989) 362-8641

Highbanks Trail [Hiking Trail], River Road at Monument Road, Tawas City, MI 48763, Phone: (989) 362-2001

Iosco Sportsmen's Club [Sportsman’s Club, Firing Range], 1600 N US 23, East Tawas, MI 48730, Phone: (989) 362-6275, Email: mail@ioscosportsmen.com

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Nordic Sports [Canoe & Kayak Rentals], 218 West Bay Street, East Tawas, MI 48730, Phone: (989) 362-2001

Red Hawk Golf Club & Grill[Golf Course & Restaurant], 350 West Davison, East Tawas, MI 48730, Phone: (989) 362-0800

Round Lake National Forest Campground, Huron Shores Ranger Station, 5761 North Skeel Road, Oscoda MI 48750. Phone: (989) 739-0728. Round Lake Campground is located in Iosco County, Michigan. The nearest communities include East Tawas, about 9 miles southeast and Hale, about 9 miles northwest. Round Lake Campground is a scenic, wooded camping area offering a wide variety of recreation opportunities. Anglers can find sunfish, bass and pike while campers can relax at the beach or have a picnic. The campground is located in the village of Sand Lake. Groceries and gas are nearby. 33 campsites.

Spirit of AuSable [Sport Fishing Charters], 2230 N. US Hwy. 23, East Tawas, MI 48730, Phone: (989) 739-3072

Tawas Board Riders [Kite Boarding, Sailboat Rentals], 542 Tawas Beach Rd, East Tawas, MI 48730, Phone: (989) 362-9906

Tawas Point Harbor, Inc. (Marina, Marine Supplies & Boat Repair), Located on Tawas Point, P.O. Box 31, East Tawas, MI 48730, Phone: (989) 362-8641

Tawas Point State Park, 686 Tawas Beach Road, East Tawas, MI 48730. Approximate Size: 183 (Acres). Phone Number: (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. 193 campsites.

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SERVICES:  Building, Dental, Personal, Professional, Medical, Real Estate, Rental, Repair, etc.

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Perfect Landing Vacation Rentals & Real Estate [Vacation Rental Management], 708 West Bay Street, East Tawas, MI 48730, Phone: (989) 362-3300

Tawas Point Harbor, Inc. (Marina, Marine Supplies & Boat Repair), Located on Tawas Point, P.O. Box 31, East Tawas, MI 48730, Phone: (989) 362-8641

TechArt [Computer Sales & Service], 5710 Clouse Road, Glennie, MI 48737, Phone: (989) 735-2997

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WKJC - 104.7 FM [Radio Station], 523 Meadows, Tawas City, MI 49730, Phone: (989) 362-3417

SHOPPING:  Antique Shops & Flea Markets, Art & Craft Galleries, Florists, Gift Shops, Outlet Malls, Shopping Centers, Shopping Districts, and Specialty Shops

Bloom’n Scents [Farm Market, Specialy Shop], 2664 Brooks Rd., East Tawas, MI 48730

Cotton Patch Quilt Shoppe [Quilt Supplies, Art & Craft Supplies, Antique Shops], 302 Newman Street, East Tawas, MI 48730

Dean Arbour Chevrolet, Inc. [Auto Dealer], 159 North US-23, P.O. Box 191, East Tawas, MI 48730, Phone: (989) 362-3403

Fusion Jewelry & Fashion Boutique [Jewelry, Fashion], 106 W. Westover St., East Tawas, MI 48730, Phone: (989) 362-5499

Precious Petals by Jamie [Florist Shop, Gift Shop, Funeral Flowers], 200 W Bay St., East Tawas, Michigan, 49730, Phone: (989) 362-4478, Email: jamiepipesh@yahoo.com

Northeastern Michigan Regional Farm Market [Farm Markets], 202 W. Westover St., East Tawas, MI 48730, Phone: (989) 362-3531

Tawas Bay Art Council & Gallery [Art & Craft Galleries], 302 Newman St., East Tawas, MI 48730, Phone: (989) 362-5613

Tawas Point Harbor, Inc. [Marina, Marine Supplies & Boat Repair], Located on Tawas Point, P.O. Box 31, East Tawas, MI 48730, Phone: (989) 362-8641

Village Chocolatier [Candy Maker], 104 Newman, East Tawas, MI 48730, Phone: (989) 362-7728

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