East Tawas Michigan Region

Staying in East Tawas Michigan and need more to do?  Check out all fun things to do in the East Tawas Michigan Region!

Tuttle Marsh Wildlife Area

Sherman Rd, Oscoda Township, MI 48750

Tuttle Marsh Wildlife Area is a 5,000 acre wetland complex managed by the Huron National Forest. This healthy wetland is a birder’s paradise as you will see many species of waterfowl, songbirds, reptiles, insects and other animals.  They utilize these wetlands as nurseries and safe havens until their young are ready to venture out into the world.

I enjoyed seeing a trumpeter swan with her baby cygnets in the grasslands.  I also saw a variety of birds and ducks.  A great time to be there is toward sunset as the light is spectacular as it shines on the grasses and ponds.  

There are no restrooms, water, gas stations or food near Tuttle Marsh Wildlife Area so be prepared.  The gravel drive is about four miles long and there are four small parking areas to get out of your vehicle to observe the wildlife.

The drive is free!

Road Conditions: About 2.5 miles of the road leading to Tuttle Marsh is gravel which turns into significantly sized loose rocks. I have a lower vehicle and drove about 10 miles per hour-I wasn't too thrilled with the road conditions. If I had a truck it might be a different story.

Highly NOT recommended for motorcycles, sports cars or vintage vehicles.  The Wildlife Drive is gravel also.  

Travel Directions-Tuttle Marsh Wildlife Area is located approximately 7 miles north of Tawas, and 6 miles southwest of Oscoda. 

From Tawas, travel west on M-55 one mile to Wilber Road. Turn right and proceed 4 miles to the stop sign at Galion Road. Turn right and drive 1/2 mile to Sherman Road. Turn left and continue 1.5 miles to May Road. Turn right and drive 1/2 mile to Brooks Road. Turn right and follow the winding gravel road for 3/4 mile to Tuttle Marsh Road on the left. Tuttle Marsh Road is about 4 miles long.

From Oscoda, travel Old US-23 west 5 3/4 miles to Tuttle Marsh Road. Turn left into the Tuttle Marsh Wildlife Area.

Czaika’s Blueberry Farm

838 Leggett Road Tawas City, MI 48763 

Czaika’s Blueberry Farm is a family operated U-PICK farm west of Tawas City.   Take your family for an afternoon of picking delicious fruit while learning how blueberries are grown! 

The bushes are a mid-height variety which usually ripens in early August.  You may either bring your own containers or borrow their buckets with plastic liners.

Ausable River Queen

1775 East River Road Oscoda, Michigan 48750  

TWO-HOUR ROUND TRIP ON THE BEAUTIFUL AUSABLE RIVER

Largo Springs

A bit away from the Tawas area but worth the mention!

A winding wooden stairway at the Largo Springs Interpretive Site leads you down to the edge of the AuSable River, along a mossy bottom land.
Here several springs erupt from the sandy banks. Small waterfalls tucked beneath large hemlock, maple and pine create a fairy tale atmosphere. The mystical site was used by Native Americans who believed the rushing spring waters held magical powers.

For those unable to walk the 294 steps of the stairway, a large deck extends over the bluff providing a panoramic view of the river. 

The boardwalk area is home to both Louisiana and Northern Waterthrushes. Take one of the boardwalk spurs out to the wildlife viewing platforms located on the edge of Cooke Dam Basin and scan along the steep sides of the gorge for Bald Eagles. Also, search carefully across the water for Common Loons and Trumpeter Swans which both nest here. Winter Wren, Yellow-throated Vireo, Black-throated Green, Black-and-white, and Pine Warblers also nest near the boardwalk and can often be observed in the surrounding trees. 

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