Tawas Point State Park, East Tawas

#32 of 163 in Nature in Michigan
Tawas Point State Park is a Michigan state park located in Northern Michigan near the city of East Tawas. It is just over an hour drive from the Saginaw and Bay City area and a little over three hours from the Detroit area. The park contains 183acre situated on the end of a sand spit that forms Tawas Bay. It 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. Located within the park is the Tawas Point Light. Although it has been remodeled several times, the station serves as the sole representative of a true Victorian-era style station built on the Great Lakes. The Lighthouse is now open for tours and climbing with a small gift shop on site; it is also possible to stay in the keeper's quarters.
The park is located along the Lake Huron Flyway. This is considered to be an especially good locale for birding. It is said to be the most important "migrant trap" in the Saginaw Bay area, and 297 species have been seen in and around the park. A fairly complete list of migratory birds that frequent the area is available. Described as a "bird watchers' paradise," it has also been officially recognized as an important bird area by the National Audubon Society because it "upports an incredible diversity and abundance of passerine migrants each spring and fall."
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  • This was our first visit to this state park, and we loved it. Most of the camping sites are typical of Michigan State Park, but there are a couple of key waterview sites available...and some...  more »
  • A friend and I decided to hop in the car and take a short little color tour over to East Tawas. The colors are just starting to change. Beautiful sunny day so we walked out to the point at the state.....  more »
  • This campground does a good job keeping up maintenance on their grounds. The bathrooms are always clean! Shower houses have about 7 stalls and bathrooms are separate. Plugs in bathroom if needed. Park has enough for young kids. Sand volleyball court beside park with a big open area for football or baseball. Easy access to two beaches. VERY pet friendly with a separate pet beach.
  • First time camping and visiting Tawas. Nice park & little hike out to the beach. Bathrooms & showers were really nice, and our favorite thing was the dish washing stations! That’s a huge plus while we tent camp, it helps a ton! Will be back sometime for sure 😊

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