BENEFITING: Alliance for the Great Lakes
EVENT DATE: Aug 02, 2015
The Alliance is the oldest Great Lakes organization devoted 100 percent to the lakes. Our professional staff works with scientists, policymakers, businesses, community groups and everyday citizens to protect and restore the world’s largest surface freshwater resource.
From forging forward-looking Great Lakes policies to promoting Great Lakes education to on-the-ground efforts to improve thousands of miles of Great Lakes shoreline, we’ve been out front and behind the scenes caring for the lakes since 1970.
Perhaps you’ve had the pleasure of driving the stunning Lake Huron shoreline along the renowned US-23 scenic highway from Mackinaw to Pinconning. But you should see it from the water at sunrise. Heading south from Harrisville on the sunrise side of the state, we’ll paddle past many miles of coastal forestlands punctuated by beautiful Lake Huron homes. We’ll make stops in the historic towns of Oscoda and East Tawas which were established during the lumbering days but continue to thrive as tourist and fishing destinations. If we’re lucky we may spot a rare Piping Plover along the shoreline—but we’ll keep our distance. This endangered shorebird has won the hearts of Michiganders everywhere, nesting on the open sandy beaches.
The paddle from Au Gres to Pinconning marks the entry into Saginaw Bay and offers a unique challenge with long stretches of solitary paddling in a coastal wetland delta fed by the many rivers of the Saginaw Valley.
East Tawas is centrally located in this segment and will be our base of operations. We’ll stop in at Nordic Sports on US-23 across from the campgrounds in East Tawas to check in with Gary and Tess Nelkie who are a wealth of knowledge for all outdoor activities in the area.
For lodgings, you might consider a cozy bed and breakfast like East Tawas Junctionor the Tawas Bay Beach Resort in downtown East Tawas within walking distance of Tawas Beach.
Looking for inland adventure? Maybe we’ll take a day off from the big Lake to explore a section of the Au Sable river and learn about the old logging camps at Lumberman’s Monument between Oscoda and Tawas.