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Tawas Point State Park

686 Tawas Beach Rd., East Tawas, Michigan 48730 USA

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“Cape Cod of the Midwest”

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.

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5 people have reviewed this location

Ratings Summary

3.8 Access
4.8 Location
3.8 Cleanliness
3.4 Site Quality
3.0 Noise

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Confirmed by 3 users | Last reported on June 18, 2024

AT&T 4G

Confirmed by 4 users | Last reported on August 09, 2022

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Reviewed by
aluminarium

  • 278 Reviews
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September 05, 2016
Rated

We camped here over Labor Day weekend, so the campground was packed. Sites offer no privacy. I think ours was the most private site in the campground with one side being up against some bushes.

The walk to the lighthouse and the trail to the point is nice, in spite of all the mosquitoes.

We were disappointed by the "camper beach" and didn't realize that there was a bigger beach in the park until later in our stay. There is also a dog beach, that isn't big enough to play ball on but is nice if your dog wants to go swimming.

This is probably a great campground in the shoulder season, but next time I would try to get a spot at East Tawas City Park which has a wonderful beach and full hookups.

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Nightly Rate: $29.00

Days Stayed: 2

Site Number: 186

RV Type: Travel Trailer

4 Access
5 Location
4 Cleanliness
3 Site Quality
3 Noise

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Reviewed by
Campendium

August 22, 2018
Rated

Expensive CG for what you get. Just electricity. Water and dump available. Does have a small beach and the lighthouse is walking distance. Sites are wide but grass. Crowded and no privacy. Did get a few TV channels.

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Nightly Rate: $35.00

Days Stayed: 1

Site Number: 37

RV Length: 28 ft

4 Access
4 Location
3 Cleanliness
3 Site Quality
3 Noise

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Reviewed by
Campendium

August 12, 2019
Rated

This campground was nice, but crowded on a weekend. Recommend staying during the week. Our site was large and very wide, but rude campers parked too many cars too close to road making things very tight for big rigs. Twice I had to ask people to move cars/trucks and bikes. Rangers need to enforce vehicle limits on site and have people move vehicles within 3 feet of road through campground so people can back into sites. The area is beautiful and light house area is very nice. There is a tiny crowded beach at the campground. East Tawas City downtown had some nice shopping and dining. A convenient stop over going from N to S or S to N while visiting MI.

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Nightly Rate: $33.00

Days Stayed: 1

Site Number: 73

RV Length: 39 ft

RV Type: Travel Trailer

2 Access
5 Location
4 Cleanliness
4 Site Quality
1 Noise

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AT&T 4G

Reviewed by
msarki

  • 140 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
August 09, 2022
Rated

My wife and I had a cabin up north here for fifteen years. I was born and raised in East Tawas. It had been four years since we sold our cabin and left for what we thought was for good. But we returned this summer to spend around sixteen nights in Tawas Point State Park. We were just kids when they built this campground. The trees were all small and there was no shade at all. Sixty years or so later things have changed. Last year there was extensive flooding and much of the beach was washed away. Birch trees and pines were drowned and died. Half the campground was flooded and they almost shut it down. The landscape had drastically changed. This year much of the beach has returned but it is likely not permanent. Still, the park is a special place for us and many memories live on.

We had never camped in this park prior to this trip. Because of the length of our stay we had to move four times, four different sites, but all in all it was a very good experience. Our biggest complaint are all the massive RV’s that park parallel to the road and make it dangerous for everybody, especially the kids on bicycles. It’s like driving through a tunnel at times. The showers were good, clean, and plenty of fresh water spigots were situated around the park. The dump station is a two-sided affair which gets plenty busy on the weekends so it is best to plan ahead or plan on getting in a very slow line.

There is plenty of good bicycle riding around the Point and a nice trail into town. Tourists like to shop on Newman Street. Restaurants were always pretty bad but there are a couple decent ones these days. The Tawas Bay Pizza Company and the craft beer joint called The Boathouse both have good food and are located in Tawas City. Out in National City is the iconic Rainbow Gardens which has Saturday night specials as well as bluegill and walleye on the menu. Their half-pound fresh hamburger is the best one in the area.

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Nightly Rate: $41.00

Days Stayed: 16

Site Number: 17, 131, 2, 23

5 Access
5 Location
4 Cleanliness
3 Site Quality
3 Noise

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Reviewed by
Chris Angel

  • 82 Reviews
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June 18, 2024
Rated

Nestled on a small strip of land between Tawas Bay and the shores of Lake Huron, this small campground packs in over 200 sites. Pads are grass and close. Pedestals are shared among multiple sites and at this time only offer 15 and 20 amps. Sites range in size and range from full sun to full shade. 2 mid-sized bath houses provide showers and facilities for the campground.

However, for its compactness, the park has been generally quiet day and night. The park is full. Bike trails, lighthouse, 2 beaches, and nature trails keep the young ones busy. Staff is friendly and helpful.

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Nightly Rate: $38.00

Days Stayed: 4

Site Number: 164

RV Length: 24 ft

RV Type: Class B Plus

4 Access
5 Location
4 Cleanliness
4 Site Quality
5 Noise

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Tawas Point State Park

686 Tawas Beach Rd.
East Tawas, Michigan
48730 USA
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