Tawas Point is what creates the wonderful harbor that is Tawas and East Tawas and the sandy shoreline. Jutting out into Lake Michigan and the mouth of Saginaw Bay, there is a protected anchorage and access to the open lake. Wide sandy beach on the point are great for those who love the beach. There is plenty of room to find your own spot. Near the parking area, it may be crowded, but a short walk will take you beyond the crowds and you'll still have plenty of sand.
The Lighthouse was being rehabilitated while we were there, but it should be open by now. There is also a nature trail that winds out to the tip of the point through dune grass and next to dunal ponds.
The Tawas Point Lighthouse, built in 1876, is equipped with a Frensnel lens built in Paris in 1880. It replaced the original Ottawa Point Lighthouse located near the present campground playscape. The lighthouse stands 70 feet above Lake Huron and the walls at the base are 6 feet thick. The Coast Guard station adjacent to the park on Lakeview Drive was also built in 1876 and is the only surviving example of the First Series Life Saving Stations built on the Great Lakes.
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Located along Monument Road, about 2 miles (1.6 km) south of the Lumberman's Memorial. This is a fitting monument here, as it commemorates the Kiwanians of Michigan who came together to re-forest this entire area after it had been logged clean. Just down the road from the memorial to the men who risked there lives to cut down an entire forest, is this much smaller commemoration to the communities that worked to put it all back so that today, we can enjoy the benefits of a standing forest.
Lumberman's Monument Visitor Center sits on a high bluff overlooking the sparkling waters of the Au Sable River. Your eyes are drawn to the massive bronze statue of three lumbermen that have watched over this stretch of the Au Sable River since 1932.
Lumberman's Monument Visitor Center
Junction of River and Monument Roads
Huron-Manistee National Forests
Oscoda Township, MI 48750