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Bay Inn
1020 West Lake Street, Tawas City, Michigan 48763, US
Crows Nest Inn
1028 West Lake St, Tawas City, Michigan 48763, US
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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.


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, Michigan 48730, US
+1 (989) 362-5041

Tawas Point State Park

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.

Kiteboarding Outdoors

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

Birding Festival

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.

Lighthouse Tour

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.


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.

Wine Hope Trail

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, US
+1 (989) 739-7555

Aviation Museum

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, Michigan 48750, US

Iargo Springs

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.

Golf Course

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!

Corsair Ski Trail

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!


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!

Blues by the Bay


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