Lake Huron Coast Cities
The Township of Alabaster is in Iosco County about 5 miles south of Tawas City. It was named for the gypsum mined there.
The familiar feeling of "up north Michigan" is everywhere with new things to see and do. It's a neat little piece of the Sunrise Shoreline, and it's yours to discover. The folks that live here prize the quiet beauty and friendly, laid-back atmosphere that is life in the Alpena area... small town charming.
Cheboygan County is the home to Alverno. Located south of the city of Cheboygan, it is located between Mullet Lake and Black Lake.
When you choose to the visit the AuGres area you will find a wide variety of activities, quiet beaches and abundant fishing, boating and just plain relaxing is exactly what you've been looking for in that perfect vacation spot. When you visit you will find a friendly community that offers a lot of outdoor recreation, nice restaurants, pleasing sunrises and beautiful evenings. Marinas located on the
AuGres river offer some of the finest docking facilities
on the Great Lakes.
A Michigan DNR boat launch provides easy access to Saginaw Bay and exciting walleye and perch fisheries make AuGres an ideal place to spend a few days just relaxing and catching fish. In the spring smelt fishing, early runs of brown trout and salmon keep anglers plenty busy. A perch charter to the waters near Charity Island
is available on a twice daily basis.
Warm smiles greet guests at the many antique and specialty shops and fine restaurants and pubs that thrive in renovated 19th century buildings simply oozing with ambiance. A bustling art and culture scene provide the perfect complement to year-round festivals and special events celebrating everything from St. Patrick to Santa Clause and power boats to classic cars.
Charter boats, excursion vessels and tall ships stand ready to explore the Saginaw River and Saginaw Bay coastline while more than 3,500 acres of protected natural area open sun-dappled doors to the nation's largest freshwater wetland. From golfing and swimming to cross-country skiing and espresso sipping, a visit to Bay City will warm your heart all year long.
Make sure to spend some time at the Bay County Historical Museum after your tour. The Museum's Kantzler Maritime Gallery provides an overview of the incredible maritime history of Bay City and features a miniature of the Saginaw River Rear Range Lighthouse. Your thirst for knowledge temporarily quenched, you'll be hungry for great food. Gatsby's, in the historic Downtown Shopping District, offers great food and atmosphere. Spend the afternoon exploring the Downtown shops and especially the Bay City Antique Center, once the Campbell House Hotel. Twilight is the best time to pay a visit to Bay City cemeteries and the final resting place of the community's heroes. Brig. General Benjamin Partridge, who fought on Little Round Top at Gettysburg and with Gen. Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox, is buried at Elm Lawn Cemetery. Judge James Birney, Michigan Lt. Governor, is buried in Pine Ridge Cemetery along with 154 other Civil War veterans. If your visit to our cemeteries still haunts you, have dinner with the resident ghost at Downtown's Old City Hall.
The breathtaking splendor of Lake Huron awaits you! Located on the shores Saginaw Bay at the tip of Michigan's beautiful thumb, the Bay Port area offers unlimited opportunities for boating, sailing, water skiing, fishing, swimming and fun family recreation opportunities throughout the whole year! The breathtaking experience of a gorgeous sunrise or sunset or the excitement of viewing a whitetail deer or flocks of waterfowl awaits you!
The Bay Port Fish Sandwich Festival is the largest single eating event in Michigan's Upper Thumb. Bay Port Fish Sandwiches are an original creation which began in 1978. The popular weekend event is packed full of activities for family fun and continues to grow each year. The 31st Annual Fish Sandwich Festival will be held from August 1st through the 3rd, 2008.
Originally known as Port Elizabeth, Caseville is located on Saginaw Bay in Michigan's thumb in Huron County.
Cathro Township is about 10 mile north of Alpena. The Alpena County township was named for George Cathro who was a prominent farmer in the area.
Cheboygan is located on the shores of Lake Huron and the banks of the Cheboygan River. Cheboygan is an Indian name meaning “through passage” referring to the 38.2 mile Inland Waterway Route. Cheboygan is a year round community providing entertainment and activities for our visitors to participate in. They have cross-country skiing and snowmobile trails, area fishing opportunities, boating, beaches, a buffalo ranch, indoor ice pavilion, craft shows, concerts in the park, parade, a county museum, elk viewing, fall color tours, lighthouses along their Lake Huron shoreline. They are the home of the Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw which gives tours during the summer months. The Opera House is a 582 seat facility, open all year that presents an outstanding variety of live performances.
Drummond Island is positioned one mile off the eastern tip of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, only 60 miles from the Mackinac Bridge and the largest freshwater island in the United States. Over two-thirds of the island is state land, so there is lots of access to the outdoors. Visitors to the island can arrive by airplane, boat, car or snowmobile (crossing on the auto ferry from DeTour Village). Whether you are just getting out into nature, or out of a rough, getting lulled to sleep by lapping waves, or wiping the snow off your visor, they keep visitors busy and coming back. A unique experience is to visit the DeTour Reef Light for a guided educational tour of this historic lighthouse.
Forester is a township in Sanilac County on the Lake Huron Coast north of Port Sanilac in Michigan's thumb.
Grind Stone City
Mackinac Island is the truly "all natural" theme park of America. Limited to transportation of horse and buggy, bicycle or foot and surrounded by water, it has escaped the vast changes of time. When you step off the Island Ferry Dock you will be in a living Victorian village. Explore the historic Fort Mackinac, enjoy the hustle and bustle of the downtown or try the different varieties of homemade fudge. Relax at the Grand Hotel, famous for the movie "Somewhere in Time." Once you've visited their beautiful Island, you will find that it is your island, too.
Canoe, kayak and tube the famous AuSable River, take a leisurely ride on a Louisiana style paddlewheel boat, enjoy world class charter fishing on Lake Huron or salmon river fishing, play nationally ranked golf courses, hike, bike, ORV, ski and horseback ride on hundreds of miles of Huron National Forest trails. Enjoy the beauty of their River Road Scenic Byway and visit attractions like Lumberman's Monument and Iargo Springs. Swim their crystal clear waters and play on their sugar sand beaches. Stay at one of their many resorts, motels and cottages on the water's edge. Leave the crowds behind. Oscoda is your PERFECT Michigan Vacation Getaway...Naturally!
The village of Pigeon was founded in 1888 near the Pigeon River. It was named for the number of wild pigeons that were in the area at the time. Located 7 miles from Saginaw Bay in Huron County, Pigeon is in the thumb of Michigan.
Point au Pins
The oldest county town is rich in history and presents a warm and friendly atmosphere in which to shop and live. A spectacular view of the Port Austin Reef Lighthouse is available from the massive break wall. Fine dining, quaint shops and sandy beaches will keep you coming back.
Spring in Port Huron starts with the smelt runs, salmon and pickerel tournaments, and lots of fishing. Summer flaunts fantastic festivals, fishing, sailing and boating, sandy beaches, great golfing, camping and riverfront parks for picnics and family fun. Port Huron has it all for Fall, offering miles of scenic drives through a paradise of changing colors, cider mills, and tree farms. Winter's majesty drifts into warm excitement during annual events such as the IceFest. Discover their majestic beauty. The Port Huron area has everything to make your visit complete... the only hard part will be leaving.
Port Sanilac is known for open and accessible harbors and marinas with seasonal slips for power boats and sailing. Great accommodations including Bed & Breakfasts are available with a great public beach, swimming and a park. It is also home to the oldest continually operating hardware store in Michigan (Raymond Hardware). The Port Sanilac Lighthouse was first lit in 1886. It is still used today as an active aid to navigation. The lighthouse originally burned kerosene and was changed to electricity in 1929. The keepers house is now a private residence.
Rogers City's many attributes explain why the city has a number of titles, including the Nautical City, Salmon Capital of Michigan and the City of Parks and Trails. The city's ties to the shipping industry, fishing and water recreation earned it the title of the Nautical City.
The world's largest open pit limestone quarry, the Port of Calcite, is located within the city limits and is one of the largest shipping ports on the Great Lakes. The harbor attracts boaters and features a new breakwall and lighted fishing platform.
Two salmon fishing tournaments are held in Roger City annually. Rogers City earned the title "City of Parks and Trails" for its five-mile paved trail system linking the city's parks.
Sault St. Marie
From a quick weekend getaway to a totally relaxed vacation, the Tawas Area is what delivers every season of the year. They'll charm you with our hospitality and send you home with a refreshed and strengthened spirit. Escape to their coastal community. Breathe in the fresh air, and gain a renewed sense of tranquility as you skip stones on Tawas Bay, stroll out onto their pier, spend a day browsing their quaint shops, photograph their natural beauty, and enjoy a truly restful night.