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Retirement Living In Tawas Area on Lake Huron, Iosco County, Northeastern Michigan

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Area Description

Transport yourself to an idyllic small town, complete with sandy beaches, a protected bay, gorgeous campgrounds, beckoning woods, sparkling rivers, and plenty of local shops, restaurants, and motels intent on serving up a healthy portion of relaxation and fun. If you want a place to experience homegrown hospitality on a beautiful gem of a crystal blue bay, look no further. You will discover the Up North small town that's just down the road, the place where family, friends and recreation are at their best.

In this quaint haven, you can browse delightful shops, enjoy wonderful meals, fish for trout, perch, and walleye on Lake Huron, cast a fly in the AuSable, and camp in the woods or on the beach. The area is truly a four season vacation wonderland. You can sunbathe, swim, hike, golf, ski, run ATV's or snowmobiles on groomed trails, canoe, kayak, float, sail, or motor across the water on a craft of our choice. There are many festivals and events that happen all year long.

Includes Cities/Towns: East Tawas, Tawas City.

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Things to Do, Recreation & Fitness

   The water and beaches of Tawas Bay are perfect for all kinds of recreation. The bay is perfect for sailing, paddling, fishing, power boating, wave runners, fishing and is even recognized as a premier kiteboarding destination. A gradual drop from the beach to the bay makes it a fantastic family beach with lots of room for kids of all ages to play, picnic, and relax.

Choose from five different parks in the area along the shores of Lake Huron. Bicyclists and walkers appreciate the paved Tawas Bike Path, which provides a front row view of the area's loveliest landscape for 10 miles through town out to the historic lighthouse. There is a 44-mile groomed trail system to hike, run, walk, bird, snowshoe, and ski, depending on the season.

There are several events throughout the year, including Perchville USA, Fourth of July Parade and Fireworks, Uncork'd and Untap'd Wine and Food Festival, Blues by the Bay, and many fine arts, craft and antique shows throughout the summer. Neighboring communities in the region have many festivals that it seems there is something to do most weekends throughout the year. There are farm markets throughout the region.

Cultural Activities

There are art workshops and classes throughout the region, receptions at Art Studios, Galleries and Museums. There is a ballet studio in the region which hosts two performances a year. There are concerts on the streets of the communities, at parks and a local community band which performs throughout the year and through the summer.

There are two community theaters which host live performance series throughout the year. Within a two hour drive, there are also performances by professional artists in theater and concerts. Each community has a local library and a new library has been built in East Tawas. There are several artists shows throughout the year and one juried art exhibit in the summer. The local Iosco County Historical Museum is a local treasure, house near downtown East Tawas. Exhibits highlight the local and regional history of the area, including exhibits on lumbering, railroads, the fishing industry, Native Americans and local photo exhibits.

Public transportation

Iosco Transit Corporation provides bus transportation throughout the County of Iosco five days a week and can be hired for events. There are two major airports within two hours drive from East Tawas. Rental cars are available from a dealership and there are two taxi companies in the area. Train transportation is available within two hours. VA Transportation is performed by volunteers in the County through Veterans Organizations. There is also a long distance bus service (Indian Trail) that also connects in the Tawas Area.

Medical Facilities

St. Joseph Health System is a full service hospital for Iosco County and surrounding communities. There is a VA Clinic located on the old Oscoda Airforce Base. There is a wellness center located also at the old Airforce base.

What Will The Climate And Weather Be Like If I Retire In Tawas Area on Lake Huron, Iosco County, Northeastern Michigan?

Our Spring is from April through June and temperatures are from 40's to 60's most days throughout the season. Summer is June through September and we are known for always having a breeze and temperatures range from 60's through 80's most often. We have glorious summers with very little humidity. Our fall colors are spectacular and we have many viewing areas and temperatures range from 30's to 60's most fall days.

Winter can be very cold, ranging from 30's down into the negative temperature ranges. We have snow throughout the November through February months and an occasional later snow storm in March. March is windy and can be quite cold as well but spring is just around the corner. No matter what time of year you are in the Tawas Area, there is always something to do and enjoy.

We do have infrequent tornadoes that do minimum damage and a few wildfires but are not considered high risk.

Monthly Temperature Ranges

 Month  Low  Avg  High
 Jan  12  21  29
 Feb  12  22  32
 Mar  20  31  41
 Apr  32  43  54
 May  43  54  66
 Jun  53  64  76
 Jul  58  69  80
 Aug  56  67  79
 Sep  49  60  71
 Oct  38  48  58
 Nov  29  37  45
 Dec  19  26  34

Monthly Average # of Hot and Cold Days

 Month  Days Greater Than 90 F°  Days Less Than 32 F°  Days Less Than 0 F°
 Jan  0  30  6
 Feb  0  27  5
 Mar  0  28  1
 Apr  0  15  0
 May  0  3  0
 Jun  1  0  0
 Jul  2  0  0
 Aug  1  0  0
 Sep  0  0  0
 Oct  0  8  0
 Nov  0  19  0
 Dec  0  29  2

Rain & Humidity

 Month  Rainfall  Rainy Days  Humidity
 Jan  2 "  11  16 %
 Feb  2 "  8  17 %
 Mar  2 "  8  22 %
 Apr  3 "  9  31 %
 May  3 "  11  42 %
 Jun  3 "  11  53 %
 Jul  3 "  9  58 %
 Aug  3 "  10  58 %
 Sep  4 "  10  52 %
 Oct  3 "  11  40 %
 Nov  3 "  11  31 %
 Dec  2 "  10  22 %


 Month  Snowfall  Snow On Ground Days  Snowy Days
 Jan  15 "  25  10
 Feb  12 "  25  7
 Mar  8 "  17  5
 Apr  2 "  1  1
 May  0 "  0  0
 Jun  0 "  0  0
 Jul  0 "  0  0
 Aug  0 "  0  0
 Sep  0 "  0  0
 Oct  0 "  0  0
 Nov  3 "  3  2
 Dec  12 "  16  8

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Cost of Living for Tawas Area on Lake Huron, Iosco County, Northeastern Michigan

Tawas Area on Lake Huron, Iosco County, Northeastern Michigan cost of living for Housing, Healthcare, Transportation, Taxes, Utilities, etc.:

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Senior Housing Options

Iosco County has so many options for housing from a large number of lakefront homes to apartments or condominium living facilities. There are beautiful homes in subdivisions, city streets, rural housing and sometimes these are also available to rent. We have very affordable housing prices. There are several assisted living facilities and nursing homes in our communities. RV Parks are abundantly available and some are even open throughout the winter.

Senior Assistance in Tawas Area on Lake Huron, Iosco County, Northeastern Michigan

Tawas Area on Lake Huron, Iosco County, Northeastern Michigan offers the following assistance for seniors:

There are several assisted living facilities in Iosco County and the immediate Tawas area which meet the diverse level of care needs of our residents. We have three Senior Centers in the County, which offer meals on wheels and meals and activities to seniors at the Centers. The local hospital offers van services for medical treatments. There are many visiting nurse organizations available in the County.

What Job or Volunteer Opportunities Does Tawas Area on Lake Huron, Iosco County, Northeastern Michigan Offer For Retirees?

Volunteers are always needed to support nonprofit organizations, hospitals, nursing homes, events happening in the County, the Iosco County Fair, 4-H through MSU Extension and so many other opportunities to be involved. You can be as busy as you want in this area. Job opportunities are provided by many part-time service or retail establishments and there is a senior employment opportunity through Michigan Works.

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