Bay Inn, Tawas City

1020 West Lake Street Tawas City,

Michigan 48763, US


Crows Nest, Tawas City

1028 West Lake St, Tawas City,

Michigan 48763, US


Things To Do at Bay inn & crows Nest, Tawas City hotel


Newman Street in East Tawas. Wide, brick paved sidewalks lined with trees and benches. Darling shops and delicious restaurants, all wrapped up in quaint, small town friendliness. Discover the local shopping on Newman Street and the rest of the Tawases, all just minutes from the Bay Inn.

  • O'Connor's
    116 Newman St., East Tawas, MI 48730
  • Brew Krew
    211 Newman St., East Tawas, MI 48730
  • Fitz's Booknook LLC
    114 Newman St., East Tawas, MI 48730
  • poolFamily Theatre
    132 Newman Street, East Tawas, MI 48730
  • Tawas Flower Shop
    118 Newman Street
    East Tawas, MI 48730
  • conBen Franklin
    138 Newman Street
    East Tawas, MI 48730
  • conChick'n Dots
    229 Newman St
    East Tawas, MI 48730
  • breakTawas Lanes
    444 West Lake Street
    Tawas City, MI 48763


Tawas Point State Park

Biking. Fishing. Hiking. Swimming. Watching wildlife. Tawas Point has been referred to as the "Cape Cod of the Midwest," and it's located only 6.6 miles from the Bay Inn. Stay in comfort as you visit the park known for it's warm, shallow water and the Tawas Point Lighthouse, which serves as the sole representative of a true Victorian-era style station on the Great Lakes.

686 Tawas Beach Road,
East Tawas, MI 48730




Outdoor Adventures

Outdoor adventures abound both summer and winter in the Tawases. Play all day, relax in our hottub, and prepare for the best sleep in your life in our comfortable beds. Just another reason to visit the Bay Inn.

  • Calypso Sportfishing Charters
    401 W. River Road
    Oscoda, MI. 48750
  • Canoe, Kayak & Tubing Rental
    678 River Road
    Oscoda, MI 48750
  • Kiteboarding
    Great Lakes Kiteboarding II
    211 Newman St.
    E. Tawas, MI 48730
  • Jet Ski Rental - SUNNYBUNNS
    Tawas Bay Beach
    Resort 300 N US 23
    East Tawas, MI 48730

Birding Festival

Tawas Point Birding Festival

Bird watchers! Iosco County is the premiere spot for birders in search of both migrating and breeding birds, and the action is mere minutes away from the Bay Inn. Check out the Tawas Birding Festival in May, but also see what the rest of the year has to offer!


January and February - Birds seen on Tawas are winter residents.


Early March - Tundra Swan, Great-backed Gull, Ring-necked Duck, Hooded Merganswer, Eastern Meadowlark, Song Sparrow, Brown-headed Cowbird, Brown Creeper, Common Grackle
Mid March - Snow Goose, Redhead, Greater and Lesser Scaup, American Woodcock, Rusty Blackbird, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Merlin
Late March - American Wigeon, Bufflehead, Tree Swallow, Eastern Phoebe, Northern Flicker, Eastern Bluebird, Short-eared Owl

Early April - Common Loon, Oldsquaw, White-winged Scoter, Red-breasted Merganser, Northen Harrier, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs, Bonaparte's Gull, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Chipping Sparrow, Field sparrow, Savannah Sparrow
Mid-April - Broad-wing Hawk, Caspian tern, Forster's tern, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Yellow-rumped Warbler, White-throated Sparrow, Piping Plover
Late-April - Peregrine Falcon, Brown Thrasher, Yellow Warbler, Northen Waterthrush, Bobolink, Pine Warbler, Palm Warbler, Black-and-white Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Spotted Sandpiper, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Henslow's Sparrow

Early May - Little Gull, Sanderling, Long-eared Owl, Red-headed Woodpecker, Eastern Kingbird, Common Tern, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Great-crested Flycatcher, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Catbird, Nashville Warbler, Black-throated Green Warbler, Blackburnian Warbler, Bay-breasted Warbler, American Redstart, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Ovenbird, Indigo Bunting, Northen Oriole, Orchard Oriole, House Wren, Bank Swallow, Spotted Sandpiper, Willet.
Mid May - Black-bellied Plover, Ruddy Turnstone, Semi-palmated Plover, Dunlin, Red Knot, Whimbrel, Northern Mockingbird, Red-eyed and Warbling Vireos, Blue-winged Warbler, Tennessee Warbler, Northen Parula, Chestnut-sided Warbler, Wilson's Warbler, Canada Warbler, Veery, Yellow-breasted Chat, Scarlet Tanager, Cedar Waxwingr
Late May - Connecticut Warbler, Mourning Warbler

June - Birds seen on Tawas are species nesting there or nearby

Early July - Least Sanpiper, Leser Yellowlegs
Mid July - Pectoral Sandpiper, Solitary Sandpiper, Greater Yellowlegs
Late July - Semipalmated Sandpiper

Early August - Semipalmated Plover, Baird's Sandpiper, Piping Plover, Redhead
Mid August - Cape May Warbler, Black and White Warbler
Late August - Merlin, Magnolia Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Black-throated Green Warbler, Blackburnian Warbler, Palm Warbler, Bay-breasted Warbler, Blackpoll Warbler

Early September - Sanderling, Brown Creeper
Mid September - Peregrine Falcon, American Wigeon, American Coot, Red-breasted Merganser, White-throated sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Black-throated Blue Warbeler, American Pipit
Late September - Black-bellied Plover, Dunlin, Bonaparte's Gull, Orange-crowned Warbler, Dark-eyed Junco, Rusty Blackbird

Early October - Ring-necked Duck, Bufflehead, Black Scoter, White-winged Scoter, Surf Scoter
Mid October - Oldsquaw, Common Goldeneye, Red-necked Grebe, Snow Goose, Greater and Lesser Scaup, Horned Grebe, Canvasback, Snow Bunting, Hooded Merganswer, Northern Shrike, Greak Black-backed Gull, Short-eared Owl, American Tree Sparrow, Pine Siskin
Late October - Glaucous Gull, Common Redpoll, Pine Grosbeak, Common Merganser

Early November - Snowy Owl, White-winged Crossbill, Evening Grosbeak

Late December - Bohemiam Wax-Wing


Lake Huron Lighthouse Tour

The Bay Inn is a natural choice for comfortable lodging on the Lake Huron Lighthouse Tour. You can visit five lighthouses within 66 miles of The Bay Inn! Click on the links below for driving directions.


  • Tawas Point - 7 mi
  • Gravelly Shoal - 16 mi
  • Sturgeon Pt. -39 mi
  • Saginaw River Range - 64 mi
  • Alpena Harbor - 66 mi


Saganing Eagles Landing Casino

Michigan's newest place to play and only 37 miles south of Bay Inn. With over 800 exciting slots and a variety of electronic table games, there are plenty of ways to hit it big. Located on the sunrise side of the state in Standish, Saganing Eagles Landing Casino is a comfortable, convenient, and a natural choice for fun and games.



Wine & Hops Trail

You don't need an excuse to stay at the Bay Inn, but here's a pretty good one. Locally handcrafted wine and beer, just waiting to be sampled, and the Bay Inn is centrally located so you can maximize your time enjoying the good life.

  • Modern Craft Winery
    2760 E Booth Rd
    Au Gres, MI 48703
  • Wiltse's Brew and Pub
    5606 F-41
    Oscoda, Michigan 48750
  • Stony Acres Winery
    4268 Truckey Road
    Alpena, Michigan 49707
  • poolNicholas's Black River Vineyards & Winery
    6209 N Black River Rd
    Cheboygan, MI 49721
  • breakCheboygan Brewing Co.
    101 N. Main Street
    Cheboygan, MI 49721
  • conRose Valley Winery
    3039 Beechwood Rd.
    Rose City, MI 48654
  • breakValley Mist Vineyards
    2742 Townline Rd
    Rose City, MI 48654


Wurtsmith Aviation Museum

The Wurtsmith Aviation Museum, located just 25 minutes north of the Bay Inn, consists of flyable and static aircraft displays, related artifacts and equipment, memorabilia, and a library for research and public information. Tours of the museum are available to school groups and the general public.

East Van Ettan St.
Oscoda, Michigan 48750


Iargo Springs

Located on River Road Scenic Byway, this site offers a breathtaking view of the AuSable River Valley from a observation deck 300 feet above the river. For the adventurous, walk down 294 steps and enter a mystical place where underground springs come together and form cold water streams. Walk along the elevated boardwalk and enjoy the serenity. Iargo springs is only 20 miles from the Bay Inn.

5761 N. Skeel Ave. Oscoda, MI 48750

Golf Courses

Needing a tee time? The Bay Inn is located only minutes away from four golf courses, including the Red Hawk, voted Northeast Michigan's #1 Golf Course.


  • Red Hawk Golf Club
    350 Davison Road
    East Tawas, MI 48730
  • Huron Breeze Golf Course
    5200 Huron Breeze Drive
    Au Gres, MI 48703
  • Tawas Creek Golf Course
    1022 Monument Road
    Tawas City, MI 48763
  • Singing Bridge Golf Course
    1920 Noble Rd
    Tawas City, MI 48763

The River Road

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.

Corsair Ski Trails

For all of you cross country skiing aficionados, during the winter season the Tawas area is a full-fledged ski town, and the Corsair system is one of the largest groomed trail networks in Michigan. The numerous miles of interconnecting trails cross forest and meadows, hills and valleys. They take you through sunny open vistas, into hushed stands of sweet-smelling fir and towering hardwoods, and along the edge of winding ice-locked streams. This diverse trail system is provided and maintained through a cooperative effort of the U.S. Forest Service and the Corsair Trail Council. The vast Corsair system is accessed by any of three large parking areas and trailheads which service the extensive facility. In the summer, these beautiful ski trails are used extensively for hiking.

Winter or summer, the Bay Inn has cozy, soft beds and a relaxing hot tub after a energetic day of skiing or hiking. Come see how we can make your vacation a memorable one!


Perchville USA

Come, stay and play on frozen Tawas Bay. Michigan's oldest winter carnival offers a huge variety of activities for the whole family. Take a dip in icy Lake Huron, taste homemade chili, take the kids down to the Family Tent for games, food and a magic show. Enjoy a parade down US-23, food vendors and a Hospitality Tent with great music. This is a one-of-a-kind Michigan experience you just can't miss, and the Bay Inn is a perfect hotel to stay while you enjoy this Michigan treasure!
62nd Annual Perchville USA:
"Luau on the Lake"
Friday, Feb 3, 2012 - Sunday, Feb 5, 2012


Blues by the Bay

The 11th Annual Blues By the Bay Festival August 24-26, 2012

The Tawas Bay Blues Society invites you to enjoy the finest in Blues just steps from Downtown and Beautiful Lake Huron
at the East Tawas Harbor Park!


Bay Inn , Tawas City

1020 West Lake St, Tawas City, Michigan 48763, US

Phone: +1 (989) 362-0088


Crows Nest, Tawas City

1028 West Lake St, Tawas City, Michigan 48763, US

Phone: +1 (989) 362-4455


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