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"Visitors can enjoy picnicking or fishing off the pier at the mouth of the river."

Gateway Park

Gateway Pier Park

The 13-acre Gateway Park, 815 W. Lake St., was constructed in 1982 with the purpose of stabilizing, beautifying and preserving Tawas River mouth property for public access and multi-recreational use. It was named Gateway Park because it is virtually the first major regional exposure to the Lake Huron coastal system. Visitors can enjoy picnicking or fishing off the pier at the mouth of the river. Portable accessible restrooms and parking are available. In 2010, a 300-foot lighted and ADA-compatible fishing pier  and a new boat launch which accommodates two boats up to 28 feet long as added to the park. In 2014, a 3,200 sq ft paviliion was built for the Northeast Michigan Regional Farm Market to use on Saturdays from 8 am to 1 pm.  In 2015, a portion of the park along the lake shore was designated for dogs to enjoy the beach.  In 2017, new restrooms were constructed in the park.

The park pavilion can be rented.

Availability Calendar

Park features:

  • Off-street parking
  • Indoor restrooms
  • Benches/seating area
  • Pavilion
  • Picnic tables
  • Barbecue grills
  • Lake swimming
  • Shore/pier fishing
  • Shoreline trail/bike path
  • Playground equipment





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 "This program receives Federal funds from the National Park Service.  Regulations of the U.S. Department of Interior strictly prohibit unlawful discrimination in departmental federally-assisted programs on the basis of race, color, national origin, age and handicap?"

Please send complaints to:

Director- Equal Opportunity Programs
National Park Service
US Department of the Interior
PO BOX 37127
Washington DC 20013-7127

Heritage Route

Untitled document Heritage Route Brouchure

The Huron Shores Heritage Route brouchure points out some great places to visit in Iosco County.

From Lumbermen's Monument to Tawas Point Lighthouse, this guide will give you an inside peek to what makes the sunrise side so special.

Download the U.S. 23 Huron Shores Heritage Route brochure here.


US23 Heritage Route website

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