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Close to the “Cape Cod of the Midwest,” East Tawas is a lovely lakefront community in the northeast region of Michigan's Lower Peninsula. Rent an RV here, and you can enjoy divine views of Lake Huron and the Tawas Bay. In the heart of the town, start your vacation off right by booking a campsite at East Tawas City Park Campground and choose a spot by the water’s edge. East Tawas is under three hours' drive from larger cities like Detroit and Lansing, and Bay City is about an hour's drive south.
This well-established East Tawas campground features several campsite variations. Many sites are equipped with 30 amp electric, sewer, water, and cable TV hookups, so guests can have all the comforts of home while camping by the lake. Clean, modern bathhouse and restroom facilities are also on-site.
Aside from strolling up and down the beach, swimming in the vast waters of Lake Huron, boating, kayaking, and canoeing, there is lots of fun stuff you can do when you camp at East Tawas City Park Campground. Fishing is a big hit with guests, with fishing piers, boat ramps, and secluded fishing spots. Furthermore, there are pet-friendly beaches, basketball and volleyball courts, picnic pavilions, paved pedestrian paths, a playground, and a campground store. Anything else you might need can be found by taking a short walk across East Bay Street into town.
East Tawas City Park is a popular spot in town where, during the warmer months, people can sunbathe, relax by the water, swim, fish, boat, and more. Across the Tawas Bay is another gem, Tawas Point State Park. Dazzling views of both the Tawas Bay and Lake Huron can be seen here, especially from the top of the historic, red lighthouse at the tip of the cape. Hiking and biking in this park is an absolute blast, and the night skies are heavenly thanks to the lack of light pollution in the area.
Take the campervan rental a short drive north of town, and you can visit Negwegon State Park and Thunder Bay River State Forest, which merge to create a sizeable spread of wilderness. Negwegon State Park is mostly undeveloped, with untouched beaches that guests can find by hiking through pristine forest groves. Secluded beaches and swimming areas are great for anglers and swimmers, and you can even do a bit of off-roading. Thunder Bay River State Forest has more land to explore and campsites that can host small RV rentals and tents.
Huron National Forest is just a few miles from the campsites at East Tawas City Park Campground. This half-million-acre wilderness area has ponds, lakes, rivers, mountains, and a host of ecosystems teeming with wildlife. Nature photography, hiking, biking, and camping in rustic campsites are just a few things to enjoy at this massive national forest.
If you are really feeling adventurous, you can take a long road trip up to Isle Royale National Park, one of the least visited and most remote parts of the country. If you do decide to visit this island park, a ferry is the only way to get to the island, so you’ll have to leave your RV rental behind for the day.
East Tawas is a small town, perfect for a stroll. Here you'll find charming restaurants offering pizza, fast-casual American fare, barbecue, and pub food. There are locally owned stores and a few sightseeing spots to add to your list, as well. The Iosco County Historical Museum is within the East Tawas City Park. It's an easy and interesting place to visit when you book an RV in Iosco County. Take a self-guided tour of this gorgeous museum, housed in a century-old Victorian-style home with bright colors and refurbished design. You can see hundreds of artifacts and pieces of antique furniture in the building while learning about the history of Iosco County and East Tawas.
Tawas Point Lighthouse is another historic landmark within walking distance, located at the tip of Tawas Point at the state park. You can tour the structure that has guided ships to safety for over a century and meet the caretakers who run it.
Head down to Bay City to check out more unique attractions. The Historical Museum of Bay County has valuable information about the maritime and lumber industries, as well as the Native Americans and European settlers who frequently fought each other. After an afternoon of touring, relax and refuel with a meal at one of the restaurants overlooking the Saginaw River.