Anchors Away

Featured in Pure Michigan 2014 Spring/Summer Issue, beginning on page 67.

Set sail to explore Lake Hurons peaceful shoreline. Miles of sandy beaches, ghostly shipwrecks and postcard-perfect lighthouses await.

Appledore IV sailing in Saginaw Bay, Bay City. Photo Courtesy of Midwest Living/Brian ConferMore Things to Do More Along Lake Hurons Shore 

Besser Museum for Northeast Michigan
Wildlife exhibits and a historical village let visitors enjoy what's inside the museum, while free exploration kit rentals (birding books and binoculars) let visitors take their learning outside.

Great Lakes Kiteboarding
St. Clair
Kiteboarding-school owner Brian LeFeve offers two-day camps on kiteboarding and stand-up paddle boarding (586/822-6511 or 586/359-6951).

Iargo Springs
Hike along the scenic boardwalk path and 300 steps leading to streams and pools that flow into the Au Sable River in Huron National Forest, west of Oscoda.

Island Park and Wildlife Sanctuary
Thunder Bay River surrounds this 17-acre island near Alpena with several paths winding through sand dunes, meadows, wooodlands and marshland. Bring a camera to capture the varied ecosystems (989/354-4158 or 989/356-03553).

Joseph S. Fay
Rogers City
Follow the path to the remnants of this 1905 wooden steamer that lays on the beach behind 40 Mile Point Lighthouse

Ottawa Art Park
The town showcases its public art created by local community members and novice artists and professionals from throughout the region (231/627-2121).

River Road National Scenic Byway
Along a 22-mile stretch of the AuSable River, Foot Hydroelectirc Dam offers fishing and Lumbermans Monument offers a regional-history lesson .

Tawas Bay Pedestrian and Bicycle Path
East Tawas and Tawas City
Weave through the woods on the 10-mile paved path running from East Tawas, through Tawas City, into Alabaster. The beach at Tawas Point State Park makes a great stop.

More Places to Eat More Along Lake Hurons Shore 

State Street Coffee Company
Specialty coffee drinks, beverages and baked goods start the day.

Taits Bill of Fare
The downtown restaurant is known for its Millennium Soup, a combination of back bean and white cheddar soups, but also serves pan-fried fish and ribs (989/739-1518).

The Cellar Restaurant and Lounge
This Catch and Cook restaurant has an option for those who fish on Captain Ed Retherfords charter. Enjoy a personally-caught meal or one of the Cellars unique pasta dishes.

Stay at Anchorage Cottages, Oscoda. Photo Courtesy of Midwest Living/Brian ConferMore Places to Stay More Along Lake Hurons Shore 

Barefoot Beach Resort
Eight cottages equipped with well-stocked kitchens and Wi-Fi line the beach just four miles from Oscoda. Grill dinner on the front porch that overlooks the beach.

East Tawas Junction Bed and Breakfast
East Tawas
Overlooking Tawas Bay, an updated country-Victorian home doubles as a six-room bed and breakfast. Across the street, find the city parks beach.

North Bay Bed and Breakfast
Presque Isle
A private beach and views of both the New and Old Presque Isle lighthouses entice guests to this bed and breakfast, located along the North Bay. (989/595-5209).