True to its name, this site sits on a
point that sticks out into Lake Huron. Narrow, sandy
beaches line both sides of the point and an interpretive
trail runs from the campground to the tip of the point.
The monarch butterfly is probably recognized by
more people than any other butterfly in North America.
Birds and other predators quickly learn to avoid
eating monarchs because their steady diet of milkweed
sap makes them taste terrible.
Photo: David Kenyon, MI DNR
Because it sticks out from the surrounding
shoreline, Tawas Point is attractive to waterfowl and
shorebirds. See large concentrations of these birds
from early March through May. Watch the Lake Huron side
of the point for shorebirds and the Tawas Bay side for
waterfowl. During May, you may also see other kinds
of birds migrating north including broad-winged hawks,
turkey vultures, warblers, and blue jays. But birds
are not the only kinds of animals that migrate. In mid-August,
monarch butterflies often congregate on the Point to
rest as they make their annual journey south to Mexico
for the winter.
From East Tawas take US-23 north one mile to Tawas
Beach Road. Turn right (east) and proceed about 2.5 miles to
the park entrance on the right side of the road.
Ownership: Michigan Department of Natural Resources (989) 362-5041