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Lumbermen's Monument
The Lumberman’s Monument was erected in 1931 as a lasting memorial to the lumbermen that harvested Michigan’s giant white pine. A 14 foot bronze statue overlooks the beautiful Au Sable River. The three figures represent various stages of the historic lumbering operation. In the center, the timber cruiser holds a compass, to his left, a sawyer holds an ax and cross-cut saw. On the right, is the river rat using a peavey.

PDF Huron National Forest - Monument Info
PDF Huron National Forest - Monument Map
PDF DNR Lumberman's Monument Auto Tour

Iosco County Historical Museum

405 W. Bay Street - East Tawas
(989) 362-3514

Iargo Springs
A stunning stop along the Scenic Byway is Iargo Springs, featuring an interpretive kiosk and a series of springs bursting from the sandy banks of the Au Sable River in the form of small waterfalls. The springs are tucked under a canopy of hemlock, pine, and maple near the river. There is a wonderful boardwalk at the springs, which are reached by descending a multitude of stairs.
River Road National Scenic Byway
The 22-mile River Road National Scenic Byway parallels the fabled Au Sable River. The river provided a westward route into the heart of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula for Native Americans and French fur trappers, loggers and fishermen. The river also served as the main eastward artery for loggers during northern Michigan’s “white pine era,” floating huge numbers of logs downstream each spring to sawmills on the shores of Lake Huron.

Today, the Au Sable River is still a major water route in this region, used by nature enthusiasts for a variety of recreational uses. Visitors enjoy views of lush upland and lowland forests, high-bank vistas, and vast watery impoundments for fishing and other recreational activities. The presence of a series of hydroelectric dams interrupt the river’s flow, while adding other aspects of interest for many.

Three monuments mark the historic nature of the waterway — Canoers' Memorial, honoring those who paddled this great river; Lumberman’s Monument, a tribute to those who labored in the surrounding forests; and the Kiwanis Monument,
commemorating the efforts of private citizens to reforest the state’s lands.
Maritime Attractions
Tawas Point Lighthouse
Tawas Point State Park’s expansive day-use beach offers acres of glistening white sugar sand, sprinkled with patches of dune grass and backed by low dunes on the Lake Huron side. The jewel of the park is Tawas Point Lighthouse, built in 1876. It is the only working model of Victorian-era light stations still in operation on the Great Lakes; and to walk through this historic structure and ascend its winding iron staircase is truly to step back in time.

PDF Tawas Point State Park - Michigan DNR
PDF Map - Tawas Point State Park
Charity Island Transport
3676 E. Huron Road - AuGres
(517) 579-3182

U.S. Coast Guard Station Tawas
600 Lighthouse Road - East Tawas
(989) 362-4429
Culture
Tawas Bay Players
401 Newman St. - East Tawas
(989) 362-8373

Kiwanis Monument
Monument Road - 4 Miles North of Corsair Ski Trails
The Kiwanis Monument, established in 1931,
honors the Kiwanis of Michigan, who donated
7,000,000 red pine seedings planted by U.S.
Forest Service crews from 1928 to 1930.

Yankee Air Museum

Wurtsmith Airport - Oscoda
(989) 739-5740
Art Galleries

Blue Moon Gallery
5239 M-55 - Tawas City
(989) 362-9667

inn2art
403 East Bay St - East Tawas
(989) 820-7850

Tawas Bay Arts Council
211 Newman St. - East Tawas
(989) 362-6282
Sunrise Artists of Michigan
403 East Bay Street - East Tawas
(989) 820-7850

PDF Sunrise Artists of Michigan 2013 Events
PDF Art on the Block Series
Thursdays, July 11 - August 29, 2013. On the sidewalks of East Tawas. Come watch painters, sculptors, potters, weavers, jewelers, actors, puppeteers, musicians and more work at their craft. Art for purchase. Kids activities. Get into the Arts in East Tawas.
PDF Art On The Block 2013
PDF Art on the Clothesline Sale
Saturday, July 20 – Noon - 8 PM on the Sidewalks in East Tawas. (Weather Permitting) Small paintings of all mediums. Small sculptures, pottery, jewelry, woodwork, and more. Small artwork. Big SALE.
PDF Art On The Clothesline Sale 2013
Attractions
Czaika's Blueberry Farm
838 Leggett Rd. - Tawas City
(989) 362-4638

Huron Hockey & Skating Association
Tawas City

Iosco County Fair
Iosco County Fairgrounds - Hale

Whittemore Speedway
On M-65; 3.2 Miles South of M-55 - Whittemore
(989) 756-2280

Sunrise Side Wine & Hops Trail
Michigan's Sunrise Side Wine & Hops Trail entices thousands of visitors each year to experience over a dozen wineries, locally crafted brewmeisters, and attractions.
Karefee Ranch
2899 Kurtz Rd. - Fairview
(989) 848-5771

Family Theatre

132 Newman Street
East Tawas, MI 48730
(989) 362-2151

Sunrise Bowling Center

444 W Lake St. - Tawas City
(989) 362-8080

Sunrise Side Animal Park
1220 Kobs Rd. - Tawas City
(989) 362-3660
 
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