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Tawas Point State Park is a Michiganmarker state park located in Northern Michiganmarker near the city of East Tawasmarker. It is just over an hour drive from the Saginawmarker and Bay City area and a little over three hours from the Detroitmarker area. The park contains situated on the end of a sand spit that forms Tawas Bay. It has been referred to as the "Cape Codmarker 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 Lightmarker. 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.

This is considered to be an especially good locale for birding. It is said to be the most important "migrant trap" in the Saginaw Baymarker 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 Societymarker because it "[s]upports an incredible diversity and abundance of passerine migrants each spring and fall."

Tawas Point Celebration Days is a family-oriented celebration of Americanmarker heritage held the second weekend in June. There are many activities, including historical and educational displays, lighthouse tours, demonstrations of traditional crafts (e.g., blacksmithing, children's activities, fishing derby, guided hikes, muzzle loader demonstrations, period encampments with reenactors in period dress, spinning, traditional music, weaving, and wood carving. The weekend is sponsored by the Friends of Tawas Point State Park.


  • Park Manager - Charles Allen
  • Administrative Assistant - Ronda Werner
  • Lead Ranger - Dale Job
  • Ranger - Micah Jordan
  • Ranger - Thomas Mayner


  1. Tawas Point State Park detail
  2. Birding at Tawas Point.
  3. Nature Observation at Tawas Point
  4. Audubon Society, Important Bird Area description of Tawas Point and Tawas Bay.
  5. Wildernet on Tawas Point State Park.

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MI Dept. of Natural Resources

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