Campground – 210 Sites
686 Tawas Beach Road
East Tawas, MI 48730
Site 36 backs up pretty close to the bay, although it's hard to see it in this picture.
…So I looked it up and the AuSable Valley Audubon Society explained that it's "a geographical feature – in this case, Tawas Point – that is favorably situated along the migration route creating the concentration of a variety of birds in a small geographical area. This leads to exceptional birdwatching." Basically, it sounds like to me that the birds get tired of fighting the wind and weather conditions created by the point and take a break and party at the park.
So I was too late for the trapped birds in mid May and too early for the congregation of Monarch butterfiles journeying south to Mexico in mid August…
…and this was my shortest stay at any MI state park so far. Not only due to availability, but the main problem I had was that I could not stay consistently connected to the internet, which is necessary for me to be able to work and pay for gas. I verified I was able to connect using my Verizon air card when I first arrived and the first night it did okay. Phone had a lot of static, but I was able to use it. The next day I had trouble connecting and when I finally did, I kept getting kicked off. The phone had trouble connecting and kept dropping calls once I did.
It's just too inconvenient for me to have to go to town to connect or use another wi-fi. I usually work at night, need two monitors for some tasks, as well as a foot pedal for dictation transcription, so I need to be able to connect from the RV.
So I'm sorry I didn't have more time or the right time for some things, but I did get to explore my first Michigan lighthouse, and got my bike out for the first time and enjoyed the great paths here. And I'm just going to be thankful for the time I did have and just keep on truckin' around Michigan!
GPS coordinates of registration station for campground checkin:
N 44.25727° – W 83.44406°
Elevation: 586.29 feet
Note: both Garmin and Streets & Trips got me here with no problem using the street address.
Visit the Tawas Point Lighthouse: The "sole representative of a true Victorian-era style station on the Great Lakes."
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