Tawas Point is a peninsula located on Lake Huron, its known for breathtaking sunsets and offers world-class kitesurfing. Referred to as the “Cape Cod of the Midwest,” Tawas Bay has long been considered one of the finest sailing areas in the country due to the steady winds and protected waters. Consistent winds, spring/summer thermals, clear water, sandy bottom, and abundant sandy beaches make Tawas Point a kiteboarding nirvana, with conditions ranging from shallows for lessons, speed slicks, downwinders, and waves. Amazing versatility and variety abound at Tawas Point will please any kiteboarding riding style and ability level: Free-Ride; Wake; Surf; and Snow.
THE SET UP
There are two launches at Tawas Point, open lake side is the most popular and the lighthouse side or bay side. Both launches are accessible via Tawas Point State Park. Tawas Point State Park offers plenty of parking, public beach swimming area, restrooms, activities for non-kiters, and camping. Kiteboarders should stay out of the swimming area when the buoys are in. Please always be mindful of swimmers and beachgoers. NE through SW winds work on open lake side. SW through NW work on lighthouse or bay side and can be gusty. When the wind is due North, this is sideoff on open lake side so a short drive North to Oscoda, MI via US-23 offers sideshore winds, wave riding, and downwinders.
WIND, WATER, AND WEATHER
The season is May to October with spring/summer months bringing the most consistent southerly thermals. 10-14M kites are most commonly used but it is not uncommon to need a smaller sized kite and those that want to ride the lightwind conditions will be on 16M and larger kites. Water temperatures fluctuate, expect to use a full wetsuit in 4/3MM or 5/4MM thickness in the Spring and Fall and maybe boardshorts, shorty wetsuit, and/or a rash guard are enough in the summer.
Waterfront kiteboarder and family friendly accommodations available via Timberlane Resorts www.timberlaneresorts.com. Tawas Point is located off US-23, 2.5 miles southeast of East Tawas on Tawas Beach Road. It is just over an hour drive from the Tri-Cities and only three hours from the Detroit area. Nearest airport is Bishop International Airport in Flint, MI and Detroit Metropolitan Airport. East Tawas, Tawas City, and Oscoda offer restaurants, supermarkets, and many nearby lodging options.
Hike the beach and/or trails of the Huron National Forest and Tawas Point State Park, go stand up paddleboarding, biking, kayaking, and canoeing. Visit Oscoda Beach Park, the park offers playground, skateboard park, grills, picnic tables, and a boardwalk.