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map of Michigan showing location of Tawas Point Lighthouse

The two RV Gypsies
at the Tawas Point Lighthouse
June 15, 2013

It costs to get into Tawas Point State Park. All cars are checked constantly by a ranger on a bicycle. Tickets are issued to those without a paid permit.

Tawas Point State Park sign

Tawas Point Lighthouse sign

sign about Tawas Point
sign about Tawas Lighthouse

history bookTawas Point Light is located in the Tawas Point State Park off Tawas Bay at Lake Huron in Baldwin Township in Northern Michigan. The original light was a 5th Order Fresnel lens, later upgraded when the building was replaced. Moreover, the structure was failing, and a ship disaster in the 1870s led to the decision to construct a new lighthouse in 1875. In 1876, construction was completed, with a final cost of $30,000. It was originally known as Ottawa Point. The name was officially changed to Tawas Point in 1902.

Tawas Point Lighthouse in Michigan
Tawas Point Lighthouse in Michigan

The tower is 70 feet tall including the base, with a diameter at base of 16 feet and a diameter at parapet of 9 feet 6 inches. It is constructed of a brick outer wall, and an inner wall: 24 inches, 8 inches thick, respectively. There is an air space between walls of 24 inches. The tower has in place a Fourth Order Fresnel lens. The light can be seen for 16 miles, and has a lens focal plane 70 feet above Lake Huron’s average water level. The Fresnel lens is still operative, being one of only 70 such lenses that remain operational in the United States, sixteen of which are used on the Great Lakes and eight of those sixteen are in Michigan.

a bird
view of Lake Huron from Tawas Point Lighthouse in Michigan

Below: A cute little electric car at Tawas Point Lighthouse

electric car at Tawas Point Lighthouse
Tawas Point Lighthouse in Michigan
Tawas Point Lighthouse in Michigan
Tawas Point Lighthouse in Michigan
Tawas Point Lighthouse in Michigan
Menu for the two RV Gypsies Adventures
in Oscoda and Tawas, Michigan
June 15-16, 2013

You may visit these eleven (11) sites in any order you choose.
There is also a link to Mackinac Island and more below the menu.

Au Sable Harbor and Pier

Oscoda Beach Park and Pier

Sturgeon Point Lighthouse

Tawas Point Lighthouse

Old Bailey School

Paul Bunyan Statue and Oddities

The two RV Gypsies drove on the River Road Scenic Byway, a 22-mile drive between Oscoda and South Branch that runs parallel with the beautiful Au Sable River. It is a designated National Scenic Byway. The Lumberman's Monument, Canoer's Memorial, Iargo Springs, and Foote Pond Scenic Overlook are all attractions off of the River Road Scenic Byway.

Lumberman's Monument

Canoer's Memorial

Iargo Springs (beautiful)

Foote Pond Scenic Overlook

Cooke Pond, Horseshoe Island, Au Sable River,
and 544 steps

look below
AFTER you have seen all eleven (11) sections above, please continue on to Mackinac Island /Mackinaw City and 2 lighthouses