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photo: Iargo Springs on River Road near Lumberman's Monument in Iosco County along the great AuSable River

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Pick up the Sunrise Artists Guide for Art Lovers at many businesses along the route along with brochures for events in cities happening over the summer into fall along this wonderful, beautiful and historic route!

This summer, hike, swim, bike, boat, horseback ride the great sunrise side of Michigan!  Participating businesses will be staying open later and offering specials all along the sunrise side for local and out of state visitors!  Tour US 23, Michigan's former Indian trail along Lake Huron!


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Discover The US-23 Heritage Route!

"Be Free on Route 23!"

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Iosco County Travel Brochure

Arenac County Travel Brochure

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Pick up your 2019 Tawas Area
Vacation Guide to businesses!
Or Click the Tawas Guide Picture

Tawas City &
East Tawas
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on US-23 in Tawas City






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about each area!

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1. East Tawas City Clock & State Dock (Harbor Park)

3. Lumberman's Monument (AuSable River Highbanks)

5. Tawas Point Lighthouse (Tawas Point State Park)

2. AuSable River Overlook (Lumberman's Monument)

4. Silver Cr. - Huron Ntl. Forest (Corsair area) Monument Rd.

6. Iargo Springs on River Rd. (AuSable R. Highbanks)

1. East Tawas Clock and State Dock.  The public State Dock Marina was refurbished in 2019 by the state of Michigan and features modern hi-amp electrical hookups and safety slips which accommodate a wider variety of watercraft than the old dock did.  See a nice picture of the new marina here at, you can see a complete calendar of events at the same site.

2. The AuSable River overlook can be seen from Lumberman's monument that sits on top of the AuSable River escarpment in Iosco county and features a vista that allows you to see for miles.  This sand and clay escarpment is 200 feet above the river in many spots along the highbanks.  On a clear day, you might be able to make out the little town of Glennie to the north, nearly 15 miles away!   Other areas along the highbanks like Iargo Springs, Canoer's Monument and Old Orchard Park allow you to see more of the river over a long distance and at river level near the Foote dam at Oscoda.  Dams along the AuSable from Grayling to Oscoda are:  Mio, Alcona, Loud, Five Channels (on M-65), Cooke and Foote.  These dams were built after World War II to control flooding on the river while redirecting the mouth of the river in a more controlled fashion to empty into one specific spot on Lake Huron.  The dams all are part of a large hydroelectric power scheme that provides power to western US towns like Las Vegas, NV.

3.  Lumberman's Monument is a tribute to the lumber giants that worked this land over a century ago.  The bronze statue  portrays a lumber company surveyor and a couple of sawyers accompanying him in his survey of the voluminous virgin pine and deciduous forest that once lorded over miles of this region. A visitor's center, museum & gift shop anchor this hiking and nature center near the 200 foot-high rolling sand dunes along the AuSable River highbanks where the lumbermen rolled off the sawn logs into the river all those decades ago.  Play at the dunes or choose to kayak / canoe down the AuSable yourself.  It's one of the nation's most gentile rivers to canoe and plays host to the world's largest canoe marathon the last weekend in July as competitors from all around the world canoe from Grayling to the finish line in Oscoda over the course of 24 hours!

4. Today, an unassuming, shallow, natural creek named Silver Creek still flows in the area that once was home to the Tawas Winter Carnival in the 1950's and early 60's before the Forest Service took over the land to preserve for all to enjoy today.  In the above photo you can see abutments for the original Monument Road bridge that crossed the creek about a quarter mile west of the current bridge.  To the east of Monument Road lies the Corsair Ski Trails.  The land today still is used for cross country skiing.  The forest service grooms the trails every winter for visitors to enjoy.  Silver Creek's waters flow from Indian Lake in the Sand Lake/National City watershed ultimately to empty into the Tawas Lake watershed and into Lake Huron.

5. Tawas Point Lighthouse, originally built by the USGS Maritime Services division in the 1800's is still one of the few original lighthouses in existence in the USA that hasn't been moved from it's original spot, nor rebuilt.  No longer fully serving as a beacon to Lake Huron's travelers, it occasionally sports a modern, low-intensity light with the original Fresnel lens which still serves to point the way to the East Tawas Bay peninsula on which it sits.  A new beacon and horn system is maintained today by the US Coast Guard at the end of the peninsula point that is also famous for the annual migration of rare Piper Plover birds flying between Florida and Canada.  Tawas Point State Park is a rare nesting ground for these small, cute and interesting sea birds.  If you visit in mid-summer during the nesting season, some areas near the point may be closed to human traffic to protect the birds.

6. A clay escarpment topped by sand provides the geologic formula for a very large, natural, clear-water spring to pop out along the highbanks adjunct to the AuSable River.  Iargo Springs is a relaxing cool spot in the summer and features a long-storied history with the region's native population, read about it on the visitor's kiosk above the site in the spacious parking area.  Over 200 steps lead down to the spring's platforms where visitors can see various tiny streams emerging from other small springs making their merry way down to the beautifully winding AuSable river.

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